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  • Published: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9780141308388
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $16.99

Boy Overboard




A story of adventure, ball control and hope. Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia? Sometimes, to save the people you love, you have to go overboard.

  • Published: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9780141308388
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $16.99

About the author

Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university he worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 40 books, he’s one of Australia’s most popular authors. He was appointed the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–2019.

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Awards & recognition

KANGA Children's Choice Awards

Longlisted  •  2003  •  Prize for Writing for Young Adults

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2003  •  Older Readers

WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

Nominated  •  2003  •  Younger Readers

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2004  •  Fiction for Older Readers

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2005  •  Fiction for Older Readers

KOALA Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2006  •  Older Readers

BILBY Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2006  •  Fiction for Older Readers

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2006  •  Fiction for Older Readers

YABBA Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2007  •  Prize for Writing for Young Adults

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2007  •  Fiction for Older Readers

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2008  •  Fiction for Older Readers

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2009  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

COOL Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2010  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

KOALA Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2010  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

YABBA Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2010  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Younger Readers

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Video
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd | Read Aloud by Morris Gleitzman

Famous picture book HAIRY MACLARY FROM DONALDSON'S DAIRY by New Zealand author Dame Lynley Dodd, read aloud by Morris Gleitzman, author of ONCE, BOY OVERBOARD and TOAD RAGE. Find out more: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/hairy-maclary-from-donaldsons-dairy-9780143306153 Hairy Maclary activity pack: https://www.penguin.com.au/activities/2621-hairy-maclary-activity-pack #HairyMaclary #LynleyDodd #MorrisGleitzman

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