At first it looks like it’s going to be the same as every other year for Thomas Alexander St John Kennedy. At school he gets in trouble for fighting, and at home he likes to muck around with his dog. Life is pretty normal for Tas.
Until Enya moves into the farm next door. Enya, with the cool, calm voice and the mysterious family, brings with her more than Tas has bargained for. The violence of the world she thought she had left behind catches up with her, and changes Tas’s life for ever.
- Release date: 03/01/1997
- Publisher: Penguin Australia
- Available for: $16.95
- ISBN: 9780140380927
- Format: Paperback
The gun lobby has made us all recognise some disturbing changes in Australian society and young readers will want to discuss this novel in that context with their parents and teachers.Mark Macleod – Australian Good Taste
The surprise ending … left me wanting to re-read the book to see how I had missed the clues.Pat Tighe – The West Australian
… an amazing story with an enchanting ending.Belinda Traynor – Sunshine Coast Daily
I have just finished reading “Someone Like Me” to my Year 5 boys class at Eglinton Public School. It is the fifth time I have read this book to a class and still enjoy it so much. The boys loved it and as usual were encouraged to reread for themselves and see all the little hints about Tas that are there once they know of his blindness. (14th February 2007)Jenny Smyth (a “long time teacher of upper primary kids”)
Chosen by AATE/ALEA as one of five focus books for the National Day of Reading project in September 2007.
Winner: Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Younger Readers) 1998
Winner: West Australian Young Readers Book Award (Younger Readers) Hoffman Award 1998
Highly Commended in:
National Association for Special Education Needs Book Awards 1997 (UK)
Short listed for:
Young Australians Best Book Award 1999