Discussion and exploration


What would your family and friends say if you tried to tell them you travelled back through time?
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Make a list of some novels that deal with time travel? (Research using the library/ librarian or Google).





Which useful items does Sam take into the past? (Name at least two and tell me how he journal.jpg
uses them)

Sam wants to change past events to get a different outcome in the future. Explain what Sam wants to change and why he wants to do this.

If you could change one event in your past, in order to achieve a different outcome, what would it be. Explain your choice.

When Sam goes into the past, he meets many children. Look at how these children live their lives and the things that they do. Are they more/ or less independant than children of the same age today?

Create two parrallel journals: one for a week in Sam's life (in the past) and one for YOU in the present. Try to be as accurate as opossible about who you spend time with, what you do, where you go, and your hopes and fears.



Market Blues chapter by chapter.
Chapter 1
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Pallets
Skint
Scam
Prank

What sort of relationship do Sam and Tony have?

Explain the scam that Sam becomes involved in.


Chapter 2


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Mongrel
Why does Tony take a bite out of the produce at the wholesale market?

What does Tony mean when he describes himself as a mongrel?

P13 There is a lot of discussion about nationality. Why does Sam say “I’m Australian. That’ll do me.”

Why didn’t old man Li trust the banks to look after his money?

How is Sam like a Bonsai?
Why does he want the Bonsai to grow into a massive tree?

Read page 15.
Now describe a really busy time at a mall, market or shop. (Remember to show rather than tell. Describe the full range of activity. Let me see, smell and feel the moment.)

Chapter 3


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Linoleum
Winced
Syncopation

Woeful

Use a Venn diagram to represent the similarities and differences between Sam and Tao.

Describe in summary how Sam breaks Mr Biret’s nose.

Like Sam, have you ever done something really simple that went horribly wrong and ended in disaster?
Chapter 4


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Read pp19-20. Sam feels that his life is controlled by “the evil puppet kings”. Read p27 and see what Vicki says about who is responsible for what happens. How do Sam’s and Vicki’s views contrast?

P23 Why does Krystal make all these changes to her appearances?

Read pp23-24. How do Sam and Krystal feel about change?

P26 Sam and his mother Vicki discuss the accident with the yo-yo. If you were having this discussion with your parent, what would the conversation sound like? Write a 1 1/2 page script .
Chapter 5


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Engrossed
Corrugated

P34 Savvas is called Sam. Fortunato is called Nato. Why don’t many of the characters in this novel use their own names?

Chapter 6


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Lugging
Replenish
Hawking

P36 Sam always complains that he is the victim of bad luck. Is this true?

P36 Whenever Sam does something wrong, Vicki links Sam’s behavior to his father. Find an example when this happens.


Chapter 7


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Runt
P42-43 How similar is Sam and his father Dave?

P42-43 What did Dave do to get a reputation as a careless father.


Chapter 8


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Confiscate
Ballistic
Pulverize
Grounded
Clammy
Gangling
Obelisk

P44 Sam ignored his mother’s directions. Was he right or wrong to do so?

Chapter 9


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Chapter 10


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Crook
Barney
'Bit of a dark horse"
"Spin a yarn"
Toff
cockatoo
Dosh
p55 Why does boots ask Sam "Is he the full quid?"
p60-62 What are the duties of a "cockatoo"?
If you travelled 100 years back to your school site, what do you think you'd see?
Chapter 11


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Why does the boy who calls himself "Spud McRobbie" lead San down a lane near Lonsdale Street?

Chapter 12


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p69 Explain why Gertie's family, though poor, has so many children?
In what way is Gertie unusual?
p71 Why are cattle being driven through city streets?
p73 What was the take-away food of the 1900s?
Gertie Mc Phee says that "It's not dying that matters. It's how you live each day that counts". What does this mean and do you agree?
Chapter 13


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Larrakins
Sam is called a "little arab" by the angry theatre manager. What might be today's equivalent expression?
Research: find out about the "Big floods in 91". What happened to Elizabeth St and why.
Chapter 14


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Stoush
Cobber
Fan Tan p85
Cobber p86
Where does Flea show some of racial prejudice typical of times past?
Select two examples of anti-Asian racism How do you think this thinking may have arisen.
Chapter 15


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P89 What is the 1900 equivalent of todays's computer games, that Spud plays?
P89 To encourage patrons to have more shots the gallery owner changes thetarget to suit the political situation. What does the target look like? Why?
P91 Sam's inexperience leads to a terrible accident. Explain.
92-93 Look at how the wounded Boot is treated. How does thgis compare with modern first aid?
p98 What unexpected effect did Sam's absence have on Vicki's and Tony's relationship?

Chapter 16


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Contrast Tony's and Viki's reaction to Sam's absence.

Chapter 17


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P99 Explain why Viki's attitude to Melbourne Cup Day has changed over the course of her marriage.
P102 As a young man, how did theio Con deal with problems?
P103 Find an example of Theio Con's racism.
P103 If Theio Con is always right, then why doesn't anyone listen to him?

Chapter 18


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P104-105 Sam becomes aware of the full consequences of his sctions. What are they?
P108 Why do you think that the books of early Melbourne found by Sam "are full of politicians"?
P109 What signs are there that Sam is growing up and becoming more responsible?
Research: What is a Black Hole and a Worm Hole
Chapter 19


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P111 Music helps Sam "wrestle the shadows out of his sunshine". What do you think that means?
P112 Whether Sam goes back in time or stays in the present, he has similar experiences. Discuss

Chapter 20


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Shiner (115)
Brooded (116)
Fascists (121)
P115 Tony tries to have a "fatherly" discussion with Sam. Do you think he should? Explain
P119 Yao tells Sam he'll have to "face the music". What do you think this means to Yao? What do you think this means to you, the reader?
P121 In what way could Sam be said to be responsible for turning Viki into a "fascist"?

Chapter 21


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Punting (125)
P122 What evidence is there that Dave really does have a gambling problem?
P128 What is the brilliant plan that Sam comes up with in order to make life for him and others, better?
P133-134 Describe what the poorest houses looked like in 1900.
Draw a family tree to explain Flea O'Reilly's relationship to Sam.(P125)
Chapter 22


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Chapter 23


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Array (P139)
Knick-knacks (P139)
Guinea (139)
P137 In what way had Sam done a Houdini?
P142 Why does Flea advise Sam to go to a bookmaker rather than use the "tote"?
P144 Look closely at Sam placing bets. How similar or different is he to Dave?

Chapter 24


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P145 Why did Flea's father leave home?
P145 Why did the nuns take away, Flea's sister Bridie?
P146 How were juvenial delinquents treated around 1900

Chapter 25


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P150 Hurdy-gurdy
P154 Where does Flea organise for Sam to sleep?
P148 Research: Find out about the Ferntree gully Railway accident.
Chapter 26


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(p161) Fracas
P156 Why does Lady Clarke incite the paper boys to her Cliveden mansion?
P159 Spud dreams of a better life as a soldier. What does he imagine that life would be like?

Chapter 27


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(p165) Shinnied
P166 dormitary
P162 Do the different groups of Christians get on with one another?
P167 Why is Sam desperate for Bridie to leave the convent where she is cared for by the nuns?

Chapter 28


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(p172) Wheedling
(p173) Seances


Chapter 29


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P176 What do the lyrics of Curly's song tell you about what Australians felt about England?
P176-177 What motivates Spud to join the army?
P178 Spud's words show the racism of the time. Explain

Chapter 30


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How does Flea use his initiative to feed himself and Sam?

Chapter 31


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P187 What new side of Boots do we see when Sam tries to give him the money Sam won by gambling?

Chapter 32


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(P190) Footfall
(P194) Revellers
P191 How does Flanagan plan to use Sam if he turns out to be a horse dreamer?
P 195 Flea asks Sam to play his trumpet. "You won't wake the dead" he reassures him. Why is this an ironic thing to say?

Chapter 33


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P198 What effect do the family problems have on Dave's and Vicki's relationship?

Chapter 34


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Chapter 35


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P206 What does the arcangel Gabriel represent?
P209 Nato is pleased to be a mongrel. Explain what is meant by "hybrid vigour".

Chapter 36


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P212 How has Dave's and Vicki's relationship changed?
P216 Sam finds Gertie. What happened to her?

Chapter 37


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Chapter 38


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P228 How was Sam's money used by Gertie's father?
P229 Why doesn't Gertie want to find out about the future?

Chapter 39


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P232 What is Sam's final gift to Flea?

Chapter 40


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How has Sam changed over the course of this novel?

SIGHTS
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City Baths
















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