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The Min Min

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Author  Mavis Thorpe Clark
Language  English
Publication date  1966
Country  Australia
Genre  children's fiction
Publisher  Lansdowne Press, Melbourne

The Min-Min (1966) is a novel for children by Australian author Mavis Thorpe Clark, illustrated by Genevieve Melrose. It won the Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers in 1967.


Plot outline

Set in a squalid fettlers' siding on the east-west railway just south of Woomera, this novel follows the story of Sylvie Edwards and her younger brother Reg. After Reg destroys a teacher's record player the two children set off across the desert to the Tuckers' homestead.

Critical reception

Reviewing the novel in The Canberra Times Elizabeth Bray was disappointed with the book: "The author seems to have attempted to write the story on two levels - as an adventure story, and as the portrait of a girl passing from childhood into adolescence. The second aspect is tenuously linked with the "min-min", a light seen in the desert night sky; as the blurb puts it "the gleam in the dark is symbolic of her life and future". In spite of this, Sylvie's character remains one-dimensional."


The Min-Min Wikipedia

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