Jack’s Island by Norman Jorgensen

Our Rating
Author: Norman Jorgensen

Category: Children's, Teenage & educational

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Fremantle Press

ISBN: 9781760992958

RRP: $17.99


After Darwin and Broome are bombed by the Japanese, Jack’s family relocates to Rottnest Island. Food is scarce and everyone fears invasion, but love is plentiful.

Naughtiness abounds: Jack and his mates Banjo and Dafty are always getting into trouble – the war hasn’t dulled their spirits one bit. Dances, gatherings and cricket games are still held, and everybody looks out for one another. But amid this acceptance, there are darker things to contend with. Prejudices refuse to die and misjudgements prevail. This is a different time to today and what was accepted then may not be now.

This accomplished writer tells a good tale in Jack’s Island. The cheeky but lovable characters are woven well into the storyline with an Australian setting. All blend beautifully together within the simple prose to form an exciting and entertaining story.Fremantle Press $17.99

Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Age Guide 9+



Norman Jorgensen author children'sNorman Jorgensen began writing stories when in primary school and had a story about his school read on the ABC Radio Argonaut’s Club, but it took many years for his first picture book, In Flanders Fields, to be published. Beautifully illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever, this is the story set in World War One and tells of a homesick young soldier who risks his life to rescue a robin caught in the barbed wire of no man’s land. In Flanders Fields won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award in 2003, the first of many awards, and the first of a dozen books he has created for children and young people.

Norman fell in love with books at an early age and has spent nearly all his life working in the book trade surrounded by the works of authors and illustrators he admires. He developed a love of history from reading historical novels, as well as from watching old Hollywood movies, and these influences are often reflected in his own work.

He was born in Broome, in the tropical north of Western Australia, the eldest of four brothers, and lived in several country towns throughout the state until his family moved to Kalamunda, in the hills above Perth,He now lives in a 100-year-old house near Perth with his wife, also a children’s book devotee, and his collection of books and old movies. In his spare time, he loves to read, travel and take photographs, especially of castles, cathedrals, villages, battlefields, sailing ships and all the things that make history so exciting!

In 2011 Norman teamed with talented debut illustrator, James Foley, to produce his latest picture books, The Last Viking, and The Last Viking Returns. These fabulously illustrated books, about a boy who outwits local bullies by channelling his inner Viking, are a lovely blend of gentle wisdom, fun, courage and imagination as well as a glimpse into Norse history and mythology.

The Smugglers’ Curse is an exciting, action-packed adventure set in Broome, Fremantle, Albany and South-East Asia in the final years of the nineteenth century, written in classic piratical style.

Visit Norman Jorgensen’s website

Reader Reviews

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all reviews

The Latest List