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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Emilie Christensen
Age Range: 9-11
The Duckling Chronicles is an unusual novella of less than 1,000 words. It is a poignant and intimate dialogue between a young girl, Emilie and her imaginary duck friend. Their conversation during Christmas Eve deals with the experience of loss, abandonment, anger and courage.
Written for teenagers, this pocket-sized book measures only 5.8 inches by 3.4 inches and is almost a free verse story so there are not many pages with a few sparse words on each one. Set out in all lower case text with minimum punctuation this is a very different style of writing.
This is Emilie Christensen’s first book which was the winner of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s First Writer Award in 2007.