Mahtab's Story             

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About the Story
Mahtab's Story is the story of a young girl who escapes from Afghanistan and makes a long and dangerous journey to Australia to seek refuge. The novel was inspired by the story of a young girl called Nahid who now lives in Sydney. Watch an interview with Libby and Nahid. (YouTube video - only teachers will be able to access it at some schools.) Read the blurb by the publisher.

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Meet the Author
Libby Gleeson is an award-winning Australian author who has written many books for children. Visit Libby Gleeson's website. Read a blurb about each of  Libby's books or scroll through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Did you know Libby wrote a few episodes of the ABC television shows Bananas in Pyjamas and Magic Mountain?    

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Want to know more about Afghanistan?
Watch a short news story from Behind the News to find out where Afghanistan 
is in the the world and why Australians are involved in fighting a war there. Visit Time for Kids and use the side menu. Click on daily life to find out about everyday happenings in one boy’s life. Go to Enchanted Learning to view a list of facts and statistics about Afghanistan. Did you know Afghanistan is the world's 41st largest country?

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The Long Journey
In this interactive ABC documentary, seven refugee children and five Australian children share their experiences and thoughts. The refugee children talk about the conflict in their homeland, their journey, and life in a detention centre. Click on different areas of the map and children will appear. When you select a child, click on a memory stone to see a short video clip.
    

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Asylum Seekers 
Retrace the 1978 voyage of 38 Vietnamese refugees who travelled to Australia on a fishing boat. Your Task is to collect items from each stage of the 51 day journey to display as a museum exhibit. Your aim is to help people to understand the asylum seekers’ experience. Visit the National Museum of Australia to experience the The Journey of the Hong Hai.

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For Teachers
Some excellent teacher resources available online:
Allen and Unwin Teacher Notes written by Dr Susan La Marca 
(PDF 153 KB)

Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA)
 Unit of Work for Upper Primary Students 
 (PDF 158 KB)


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