Books by Judith Clarke

WINDS OF HEAVEN by Judith Clarke
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Introspective, quiet prose, authentic coming-of-age characters and appreciation for the social values shaping Australian women in the mid-20th century make this a moving read. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Although their lives take different paths, two cousins growing up in Australia have a lasting impact on each other in this poignant story. Read full book review >
KALPANA’S DREAM by Judith Clarke
Released: April 15, 2005

"Nevertheless, the humor in this intricate blend of fairy tale elements, Indian culture, school story, friendship and family tensions should carry them through to the warmly satisfying ending. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Neema's Indian great-grandmother Kalpana comes to visit her in Australia, she brings with her a dream of flying just a few inches above the ground. Read full book review >
STARRY NIGHTS by Judith Clarke
Released: May 30, 2003

"A touching tale for readers who prefer character-driven ghost stories with the merest dashes of eeriness. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Australian author Clarke deliberately makes it hard to tell who's alive and who isn't in this artful tale of a haunted, grief-wracked family. Read full book review >
WOLF ON THE FOLD by Judith Clarke
Released: June 30, 2002

"Clarke, author of the haunting novel Night Train (2000), as well as the hilarious Al Capsella series, won the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award for this quiet, heartrending collection. (Fiction. 12+)"
"The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold / And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold," begins the Lord Byron poem whose opening lines serve as a central metaphor in this short-story collection. Read full book review >
NIGHT TRAIN by Judith Clarke
Released: June 1, 2000

"A believable, gripping story, unrelenting and tragic. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Luke struggles to keep his sanity while his family, his girlfriend, and his school tragically ignore, mistreat, or misunderstand his symptoms. Read full book review >
THE LOST DAY by Judith Clarke
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Readers may have dismissed the entire episode by the time Vinny reappears late Sunday night, groggy but unharmed, having blithely accepted a ride and a spiked drink from a seemingly inoffensive stranger, and woken up on a train with no memory of the past 12 hours. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Clarke (Al Capsella and the Watchdogs, 1991) strews this dark comedy with caricatured adults and older Melbourne teenagers clinging to adolescence. Read full book review >