Additionally, real examples of people who have experienced the dangers of the sea could be shown or read to the students. Diaries of colonial women en route to settle in Australia. Recollections of refugees fleeing war and conflict, e. Have students research sea shanties — popular songs sung aboard ships during the Age of Sail.
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Life is tough out at Longboat Bay, Every day the boy helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land.
Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life. Chapter 1 It is barely dawn when Abel and his mother get into their boat and head around to Robbers Head, drop the anchor and start to dive into the water searching for Abalone which they sell. After several dives, Abel is at the deepest point and nearly out of air when he feels a rush in the water behind him, he turns around to see a huge mouth, eyes like golf balls coming at him, the creature grabs his hand and takes the abalone, the pain is terrible and he screams then shoots to the surface.
His whole body quaked and trembled. She tells him it is a blue groper and they sink back into the water to have a close look at it, his mother feeds it some abalone and then it darts into a dark hole. They boiled the shells up to clean them so they can sell them in town. He asks his mother can they go out the next day but she says there is school, he asks can they go out after school and fish.
After breakfast he carts washed seaweed up to the fruit trees for mulch, and they also fertilize with chopped up pilchards and salmon they have netted, the whole area stinks but Abel and his mother are totally dependent on the sea and the land, they grow fruit and vegetables and have ducks and chooks and a goat for milk, there is no mains electricity, only rain water and no TV. Behind the orchard is a little family graveyard, there is a cross there for his father but no body as he was taken by a shark while he was away pearling and his body was never found.
Sometimes Abel is lonely but he liked being with his mother. They went back down but Blueback was missing, hiding out, scoffing crayfish. They go home. Chapter 3 Abel catches the bus to school the next day and all day dreams about Blueback and how old he would be, how long he had been there and that sort of thing.
He ends up with a hundred lines I must not day dream in class then he gets another hundred. After school they do all their chores and then head out to see Blueback again, he is waiting for them and even plays games with them.
While Abel is doing his homework he decides to study fish and become an expert. He thinks about his father and the little shrine his mother keeps for him in the peppermint tree and sometimes sits out there and cries. Chapter 4 Abel tries to swim with Blueback everyday during spring and as summer approaches he knows the tuna boats and other visitors will be coming to the bay and he is worried about Blueback.
As boats came and went Dora his mother tells them about Blueback and that he should be left alone. They all respect her and agree.
When she tells old Macka he laughs and tells them he knows him and he will be safe. Skippers talk about Abel and the fish and the stories grew. Seasons passed and Abel was old enough to take the dinghy out himself to swim with Blueback, sometimes he sat on the jetty and watched Old Macka working the abalone lines, divers usually work in pairs but Macka works alone in his yellow boat with the compressor running to provide his air, Dora worries about Macka but he prefers to work alone.
He called his Mum and they got in the boat and raced out there, she tells Abel to stay in the boat, the compressor is out of fuel and has stopped. Abel is terrified that it has been a shark and it will get his mother too.
She comes back to the surface and tells him to help her pull him in, it seems he has had a heart attack down there and lay helpless until the air ran out. Chapter 5 When Abel turned thirteen he had to go away to school and live in a hostel, On his last day at home he planned to swim with Blueback but the ocean was wild and tormented. Waves smashed against the jetty and the rocks. He stops at the peppermint tree to say goodbye to his father and leaves a piece of white coral there.
He worked hard and did well at school, but he dreamed of home and at night he dreamt of Blueback. His mother wrote him letters with shells and coral and things. Chapter 6 Before the summer holidays his mother wrote to tell him that there would be a new abalone diver coming and she was worried about him, he was known as a reef stripper. His mother meets him off the bus and they go diving and he plays with Blueback, he checks out his boat and start to clean it up.
Finally his mother and he take it sailing, first in the bay and then out into the ocean, they are out there fishing when several whales surround them. They watch and are fascinated.
Life is tough out at Longboat Bay, Every day the boy helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land. Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life. Chapter 1 It is barely dawn when Abel and his mother get into their boat and head around to Robbers Head, drop the anchor and start to dive into the water searching for Abalone which they sell. After several dives, Abel is at the deepest point and nearly out of air when he feels a rush in the water behind him, he turns around to see a huge mouth, eyes like golf balls coming at him, the creature grabs his hand and takes the abalone, the pain is terrible and he screams then shoots to the surface. His whole body quaked and trembled.
WA's movie-making boom continues with film adaptation of Tim Winton's Blueback
For Abel, every day is special, as he explores the ever-changing sea, and the surrounding bush in which he lives. He feels lucky, and even luckier when he meets and befriends a large, old groper fish that he names Blueback. Blueback is a story about love, loss, growing up, and above all, living with respect for our beautiful and natural environment. It is perfectly suitable for a good readers as young as six my six year old read it in one afternoon and loved it , but will also appeal to teenagers and even adults.
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Winton met his wife Denise when they were children at school. When he was 18 and recovering from a car accident, they reconnected as she was a student nurse. They married when he was 21 and she was They have three children together. He rarely speaks in public yet he is known as "an affable, plain-speaking man of unaffected intelligence and deep emotions.
Blueback by Tim Winton