My Gallipoli gets rave review in The Australian

"My Gallipoli" reviewed by Stephen Romei in The Weekend Australian, April 25, 2015.

Ruth's new book My Gallipoli was reviewed in The Weekend Australian on Anzac Day, recommended as one of the best books on the subject for children.

"Ruth Starke’s My Gallipoli, a collaboration with celebrated Australian artist Robert Hannaford, is the most sophisticated and complete of the books discussed here. It’s longer at 48 pages (the others are 32) and contains more text, so is aimed at the 10-plus age group — though there’s no reason for younger children not to read it. They will learn a lot if they do.

"On the opening page we meet Adil Sakin, a Turkish shepherd. It is November 1914. Within weeks he will be a soldier. “It sounds more exciting than looking after sheep, and of course I want to defend our village and my country. This land has belonged to us for hundreds of years and we will fight for it. This Peninsula is my Gelibolu.’’ So from the outset we hear the Turkish side of the story, which is important I think. Later we meet Turkish soldiers and their revered commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafa Kemal. There’s no political message, just a fair account of the war from both sides.

The Boy with the Silver Eyes now available as free e-book through The Advertiser

Reynella South Primary School students Natalie, Mitchell and Seth
with some of Jos Valdman’s characters from Ruth Starke's The Boy With
The Silver Eyes. Picture: Calum Robertson/The Advertiser
The Boy with the Silver Eyes, a new adventure story written by Ruth in collaboration with more than 25 South Australian schools, has been officially released as a free e-book.

Run as part of Children's Literacy Month in February, the project saw primary school classes across the state each tackle a different part of the story, started by Ruth, with a new chapter published every day in The Advertiser and Sunday Mail.

Now the complete story, following the cross-dimensional travels of children Max and Abbie, their dog Monty and cousin Bruno, has been launched as a free e-book.

Illustrated by Advertiser cartoonist Jos Valdman, The Boy with the Silver Eyes can be downloaded from advertiser.com.au/kidsbook for use on a smartphone, tablet, PC or e-reader.

My Gallipoli launched in Adelaide ahead of Anzac Day centenary

Ruth Starke and Robert Hannaford signing
copies of My Gallipoli at the book's launch.

Ruth's new picture book My Gallipoli, featuring illustrations by renowned South Australian artist Robert Hannaford, was officially launched on April 16 in the lead up to the Anzac Day centenary.

ABC 891 presenter and Sunday Mail columnist Peter Goers officially launched the book at Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide, where an exhibition of Hannaford's illustrations and other collected works are also on show.

In this stunning hardback book direct accounts of real Gallipoli participants such as the Australian war correspondent C.E.W. Bean and Turkish commander Mustafa Kemal mingle with factual accounts from a host of fictional characters to provide a broad history of the battle, from the months immediately before the landing at Anzac Cove in April 1915 through to the present day commemoration ceremonies.

My Gallipoli is OUT NOW through Working Title Press. To read more about the book, including reviews, or to download teacher's notes, click here.

To see photos from the launch event, click here.