At #24 – So Much to Tell You by John Marsden
20.1% of all respondents have read this book
Synopsis for So Much to Tell You by John Marsden
So Much to Tell You is based on a true story, and is presented as a diary written by a 14-year-old girl known as Marina. Marina has a scarred face because she was the unintended victim of an incident involving a vial of acid which was thrown by her father. She refused to talk to anyone during her long recovery period in hospital so she was sent to Warrington, a girls’ boarding school because nothing else appeared to be working. But even after her arrival, she maintains her silence. Then, one day, her English teacher Mr. Lindell encourages the class to keep a journal. Despite the fact that Marina is determined not to make use of her diary, she cannot resist writing about some of the seemingly trivial events of her day. However, the content of her entries becomes more and more revealing over time and readers are able to better understand Marina’s world: how her friends, teachers and families create profound and lasting impressions on her psyche. Marina goes from not interacting with others at all, to opening up and socialising, and eventually finding non-verbal ways of communicating. However, as the book continues, Marina’s negative feelings towards her father fade away and by the end of the book she devises a plan which enables her to see him again. When she speaks for the first time, in such a long time, she utters her only words for the entire novel: “Hello, Dad… I’ve got so much to tell you…”
Awards for So Much to Tell You by John Marsden
- Winner, CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Award: Older Readers 1988
- Winner, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Alan Marshall Award 1988
- Winner, Christopher Award Books for Young People 1990
- Selected, American Library Association list of Best Books for Young Adults 1990
- Selected, American Library Association list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 1999
- Winner, KOALA (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards) 1989
- Selected, COOL Awards (Canberra’s Own Outstanding List) 1995
- Winner, Young Adult Book Award (New South Wales, Australia) 1998
About John Marsden (Books by John Marsden…)
John Marsden (born 27 September 1950) is an Australian writer, teacher and school principal. Marsden has had his books translated into nine languages including Swedish, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Italian and Spanish.
Marsden was born in Victoria, Australia and spent his early life in Kyneton, Victoria, Devonport, Tasmania and Sydney, New South Wales. At age 28, after working several jobs, Marsden began a teaching course. Whilst working as a teacher, Marsden began writing for children, and had his first book, So Much To Tell You, published in 1987. Since then, he has written or edited over 40 books and has sold over 5 million books throughout the world.
In 2006, Marsden started an alternative school, Candlebark School in the Macedon Ranges, in which he is the school principal. Marsden has since reduced his writing to focus on teaching and running the school.