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Tomorrow, When the War Began

A report on the book "Tomorrow, When the War Began"

Anna R

on 2 September 2013

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Transcript of Tomorrow, When the War Began

By John Marsden
Tomorrow, When the War Began
Presentation Created by Anna Ryack
Ellie and six of her friends go camping in "Hell", a wild area of the bush, and a place almost completely cut off from the rest of society.
All of them joke around, claiming World War Three could start and they'd be so isolated they wouldn't have a clue, except when they return home, they don't find the jokes nearly as funny.
When they return, they find their families missing, homes abandoned, pets and livestock dead, and worse of all, their country invaded.
They were at war.
Although Ellie and her friends know they can't rescue their families themselves, they can't just sit around and hide either.
They find out their families are being kept in the town fair, the place the soldiers are using as their base.
Ellie and her friends fight for their families, friends, and country, and manage to cause quite a bit of destruction.
They even manage to blow up the bridge the soldiers were using to get in and out of town.
Through out their journey, Ellie notices changes in herself and her friends.
When did Homer become so logical, Robyn such a good leader, Fi so tough and brave, and when did she, herself, start hurting people?
Was it okay to harm these complete strangers, just because they hurt her?
Corrie had been shot and was dying, their families were all still kidnapped, everyone was tired and worn out, and Ellie was struggling to decide what was right and what was wrong.
Favorite Paragraph
My Recommendation
About the Author
"I too had blood on my hands, like the Hermit, and just as I couldn't tell whether his actions were good or bad, so too I couldn't tell what mine were. Had I killed out of love of my friends, as part of a noble crusade to rescue my friends and family and keep our land free? Or had I killed because I valued my life above that of others? Would it be OK for me to kill a dozen others to keep myself alive? A hundred? A thousand? At what point did I condemn myself to Hell, if I hadn't already done so? The Bible just said 'Thou shall not kill', then told hundreds of stories of people killing each other and becoming heroes, like David and Goliath. That didn't help me much."
This paragraph is my favorite, because it really shows how the main character, Ellie, is struggling to decide if what she did was right or wrong. She is unsure if she did the right thing by killing a group of soldiers who went after her and her friends. To throw them off, she causes an explosion by lighting off the gas in a lawn mower. She thinks it killed the soldiers, or at least seriously injured them. She doesn't know if what she's done is the right thing, and it slowly eats at her.
I also like the paragraph because it makes you think about the wars and fighting that happens everyday. Is it okay to fight? Is it okay to kill if you have a good enough reason?
John Marsden is the author of "Tomorrow, When the War Began".
"Tomorrow, When the War Began" has many themes.
One theme from the book is that good, bad, darkness, light, evil, etc. are all just human creations. Humans made up the thought of good vs evil. They're just labels and names we thought up.
wrong way street sign and right way street sign
Another important them was wrong verses right. Was it okay for the other country to invade if they needed more land for their growing population? Was it okay to invade if we had all the resources and the other country had none? Is it okay to kill if I'm doing it to defend my friends, family, and country?
Deforestation picture
Another theme from "Tomorrow When the War Began" is how nothing in nature has been left untouched by human beings. Event if we didn't charge directly in and chop down all the trees in a place, it's still been touched by population, our planes flying overhead, tourists, and more.
Rock with the word courage written on it.
A different theme from the novel is courage. All of the characters step up and show courage in their own ways whether its fighting against enemy soldiers, or fighting off their own dark thoughts.
"Tomorrow, When the War Began" is a great book, and I highly recommend it to any young adult reader. I really felt as though I could slip into the minds of the different characters while reading. The author expresses deep emotions and adds some deep themes into the book as well. There is also a whole lot of character development that occurs. The characters really mature and step up from being ordinary teenagers to courageous young leaders and heroes fighting for their country. The novel drew me in, once I started reading, I couldn't stop.
John was born in 1950 in Victoria, Australia.
He knew he wanted to be an author by the time he was nine.
Some of John Marsden's other books are...
The Tomorrow series
The Ellie Chronicles
So Much to Tell You
Out of Time
Letters From the Inside
and many more
For more information about John Marsden, please visit the site.

At the end of the book, things didn't seem to be going very well for Ellie and her friends.
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