This thesis presents two novels linked by their exploration of social themes using animal characters. The Dog with Seven Names, a work of historical fiction for young readers, uses an animal viewpoint to explore the impact of war upon northwestern Australia 1939-1943. The Shark Caller, a contemporary cross-cultural quest-fantasy for teenage readers, explores environmental issues in Papua New Guinea. The accompanying exegesis, "Crafting Animal Characters in Fiction for Young Readers", explores my own authorial practice in the context of a discussion based on a wider survey of exemplar Australian children's titles featuring animal characters.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||4 Jul 2017|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|