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Japan Diary presents two diaries from exchange students in Japan and Australia. Amy writes about her experiences in Japan in 'My Double Summer' from the time when she applies for an exchange until her departure after six months staying in Japan with the Nakagawa family. At the same time, Taro Nakagawa stays in Australia with Amy's family and records his experiences and thoughts in his diary 'Dragon Boy, Hero!'
The two perspectives presented by Amy and Taro provide a fascinating insight into two very different cultures. Both highlight not only the unique qualities of each culture, but also the fact that we all share very similar needs and social interactions. Trudy White has successfully captured the voices of these two teenage students as they learn to cope in a foreign land, struggle with the language, different traditions and expectations, and also learn the value of friendship, trust and openness.
The simple and effective illustrations by the author add significant detail to the text, as well as reflecting the views and experiences of the two students. This book will engage young teenagers as they relate to the dilemmas and challenges faced by Amy and Taro. It also provides an interesting exploration of Australian and Japanese cultures from alternative perspectives.
Trudy White lives in Melbourne, working from a studio in an old building in the middle of the city. She has studied painting, beekeeping, plant science and writing. To write Japan Diary, Trudy was inspired and informed by time she spent in Japan and by interviews she conducted with exchange students. Her illustrations are created with ink and watercolour, and her artwork has been exhibited in Melbourne.
Trudy has previously published Table of Everything and has illustrated The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. She is currently working on an illustrated novel for young adults and picture books for younger readers. Trudy also visits schools and runs workshops that combine creative writing and drawing exercises to inspire students in their own writing.
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