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Sonam and the Silence

Sonam and the Silence

In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Sonam's world is dark and silent. Then one day, she follows a magical melodious sound to a walled garden, and her world is silent no more. The sound is music, and it lifts her up amongst the stars and takes her deeper than the tree roots in the earth... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781760293666
Barcode 9781760293666
Published 25 July 2018 by Allen & Unwin
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ayres, Eddie
Illustrated by Taher, Ronak
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ISBN-13 9781760293666
ISBN-10 1760293660
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publication Date 25 July 2018
International Publication Date 1 August 2018
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ayres, Eddie
Illustrated by Taher, Ronak
Category Picture Books / Young Children's books
Award Winning
Picture Storybooks
Australian
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 242mm
Height: 292mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 6-9 years
Reading Age 6-9 years
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 943260

Description of this Book

In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Sonam's world is dark and silent. Then one day, she follows a magical melodious sound to a walled garden, and her world is silent no more. The sound is music, and it lifts her up amongst the stars and takes her deeper than the tree roots in the earth. How can she hold on to this feeling in a world where music is forbidden? A lyrical fable-like story by the well-known musician, author and broadcaster Eddie Ayres, about the irrepressible power of music.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Long-listed for Picture Book of the Year 2019 (Australia)

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Author's Bio

Eadric Ayres is named after Eadric the Wild, a resistance fighter in England after 1066. Eadric grew up in England, studied music and has adventured throughout the world as a viola and cello player. After working in an orchestra in Hong Kong, he decided to cycle from England back to Hong Kong (that's 16,000 km), took a little violin with him, and played to Greek shepherds, Iranian police and Chinese truck drivers along the way. Eadric's big desire in life is to introduce classical music to as many different people as possible, so for ten years he worked as a broadcaster with the ABC, ultimately presenting the popular breakfast programme. Eventually Eadric's adventurous spirit demanded more, and he moved to Afghanistan to teach music there for a year. Eadric was born Emma, and transitioned just before his fiftieth birthday. Ronak Taher is an Iranian-Australian artist born in 1984. She finished her bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Tehran, also holds a Master of Illustration and Animation from the Azad University of Tehran. In 2013 she was celebrated as one of the 300 upcoming world talents in film industry at the Berlin Film Festival. Ronak also works in the fields of graphic design, illustration and sculpture. She has had over six solo and group visual art exhibitions and has illustrated more than eight books for children and young adults.

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