An enchanting story of a story, Twice Upon a Time is a charming junior fiction novel by award-winning writer James Norcliffe. What happens when you find yourself trapped inside a story? What happens if the only way out is to solve the riddles of the Very Bad Very Good Storyteller, Mr Aesop Sod? And where, oh where, is Pop? Ginny and her strange new friend, Digger Dagger, must navigate their way through this upside down, topsy turvy world where Don's Dairy has become Nod's Diary, the fish and chip shop is full of tropical fish tanks and wood chips, and the ghost train at the fun fair really is a ghost train. How will the story end? Will Ginny and Digger Dagger find the answers they need? Sometimes the answers are right there in front of you. Award-winning author James Norcliffe has written a delightful story full of wordplay, old-world charm and imagination, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.
James Norcliffe is an award-winning poet and educator, as well as an author of children's books. He has been awarded the 2012 University of Otago College of Education's Writer in Residence, and has been recipient of the 2006 Fellowship at Iowa University and the 2000 Robert Burns Fellowship at Otago University. In 2003, Norcliffe, with Bernadette Hall, received the inaugural Christchurch Press Literary Liaisons Honour Award for 'lasting contribution to literature in the South Island'. Norcliffe has taught English in Christchurch, China and Brunei. He won the Lilian Ida Smith Award in 1990, and the New Zealand Poetry Society's international competition in 1992. He lives in Church Bay with his wife, Joan Melvyn. His novelThe Loblolly Boy was described by New Zealand's most acclaimed children's writer Margaret Mahy as 'a rich fantasy - alive with original twists surprises and mysteries'. It was also published in the United States and Australia, won the 2010 NZ Post Junior Fiction Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Esther Glen Medal and the Sir Julius Vogel Science Fiction Award. It was a 2010 Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Book. The Loblolly Boy & the Sorcerer was a finalist in the Junior Fiction category of the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.The Enchanted Flute was published in 2012. The YA fantasy novel The Assassin of Gleam won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for the best New Zealand fantasy novel of 2006, and was shortlisted for the 2007 LIANZA Esther Glen Medal. In Science Fiction World, Gerard Woods wrote of The Loblolly Boy that Norcliffe 'has written that rare children's book, as much a joy for adults to read as for children'. USA's Booklist
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