Someone Like Me

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