Prayer for the Twenty-First Century by John Marsden

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May the road be free for the journey, May it lead where it promised it would... These opening words lead to a compelling text that speaks to both young and old, expressing the deeply held hopes and fears that we all recognize. Illustrated with paintings, photographs, and collages, this call from the heart contains a message we all wish for our loved ones. This book, once read, will always be remembered. Ages 11+.
 

About John Marsden

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John Marsden is the most successful author of teen fiction in Australia. The author of more than 30 award-winning novels, the extraordinary Tomorrow series has sold form than five million copies worldwide and has been translated into seventeen languages. Meanwhile John has continued to achieve international success with his groundbreaking books for young people. In 2000 The Third Day, The Frost won the Buxtehude Bulle, a German award, which is among the world's most coveted prizes for young people's books. Tomorrow, When the War Began was chosen in Sweden as the book most likely to inspire teenagers to read and over 100,000 copies have been printed for free distribution to young Swedes. In 1998 Burning For Revenge was named the Australian Booksellers' Book of the Year, Tomorrow, When the War Began won the Bilby Award for Older Readers, The Dead of the Night won the Secondary Division of the ACT COOL awards and The Night is for Hunting was shortlisted for two Aurealis Awards. In 1999 The Dead of the Night, The Third Day, the Frost and The Night is for Hunting were shortlisted for the Victorian YABBA awards, Tomorrow, When the War Began won the CYBER award, and The Night is for Hunting was shortlisted for the Australian Booksellers' Book of the Year. In 2000 three of John's books, including The Other Side of Dawn, were shortlisted for the YABBA awards, The Dead of the Night won the CYBER award, and The Night is for Hunting was shortlisted for the ACT COOL awards and won the WAYBRA award for Older Readers; the third year in a row that John has won this award. John lists his favorite food as chocolate, his favorite color as yellow, his favorite writers as William Shakespeare, Margo Lanagan and Dave Eggers. His dislikes include high school math, most reviewers and lumpy custard.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Lothian. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Like the traditional Irish blessing (""May the road rise up to meet you./ May the wind be always at your back""), the form that Marsden chooses for his modern prayer is a lyrical litany: ""May the road be free for the journey,/ May it lead where it promised it would."" In his first picture book, ...

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