From the creator of My Mother's Eye, Mark Wilson's latest breath-taking graphic novel of Kokoda is here.
The peaceful life of twelve-year-old Papua New Guinean boy, Kari, is violently disrupted by World War II when the nearby village of Kokoda is bombed. When he finds the mission where he lives abandoned, he heads to Kokoda with only a beautiful angel music box that belonged to his teacher.
When he comes across a group of Australia soldiers under attack, he flees with him along the Kokoda trail. But along the way he finds an injured soldier who he cannot leave behind. He helps him through the jungle, helping him any way he can, but in the end, the soldier's greatest comfort is Kari's music box- the angel of Kokoda.
Set in the sweltering jungles of Papua New Guinea, this emotional story is vividly illustrated in a collage of paints, sketches and clippings that transport readers to the moment. The rendering show both the beauty and the danger of this exotic landscape, while introducing children to an important historical event, World War II.
Mark Wilson is a highly acclaimed author/illustrator whose many picture books include The Penguin Shore (a CBCA Notable Book in 1996), The Castaways of the Charles Eaton, Yellow-eye (winner of the Wilderness Society Award in 2002), the Extinction Series: I Saw Nothing: the Extinction of the Paradise Parrot; and I Did Nothing: the Extinction of Gastric Brooding Frog. His most recent picture books are The Last Tree (2006) and My Mother's Eyes: The Story of a Boy Solider (2009). The Extinction Series also won a Wilderness Society Award and a Whitley Award in 2004, and The Last Tree won a Whitley Award in 2007. Mark lives in Frankston, Victoria.
Angel of Kokoda
Author: Mark Wilson