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Fake ID (Takeaways) Paperback – September 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Takeaways
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lothian Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0734404425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0734404428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,983,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6-9-When Zoe is given a package after her grandmother's death, she enlists the help of her friend Luke to help unravel the mystery surrounding Gran's secret past. Through trial and error, the two young people discover that Magda Kovacs was really Dagmar Kiss, a refugee who fled her home during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and changed her identity before settling in Australia. A journalist who stood up for her beliefs, she feared being arrested by the government and assumed the identity of another woman from her village. As Zoe discovers bits and pieces that raise questions about Gran's background and her character, she comes to the conclusion that all is not as it appears in her family and faces some painful but enlightening truths as the woman's remarkable story unfolds. Edwards handles this intriguing tale with aplomb. Zoe and Luke are likable characters, and the lively and believable dialogue enhances the narrative without ever showing signs of strain or awkwardness. The plot, with its many twists and turns, will keep readers interested until the end.
Robert Gray, East Central Regional Library, Cambridge, MN
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About the Author

Australian author Hazel Edwards writes for all age groups but is best known for the classic and much translated  'There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof eating Cake'  Fake ID is a family history mystery where 14 year old Zoe invesitgates the fake ID held by her Gran, for years. Formerly a popular print book published by Lothina/Hachette , now an e-book also, available from the author website. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Meet the Author

Hazel Edwards (www.hazeledwards.com) has always been keen on books and ideas. 'Authorpreneurship;The Business of Creativity' is her latest book-workshop linked title. 'Antarctic Dognapping' is on Kindle. ' Picture book apps 'Feymouse'(Blue Quoll)is available on Itunes now..

An aqua-readaholic, she used to read in the bath. Now she listens to audio books in the car or while walking with her Ipod or Kindle and reads e-books.

Hazel is a National Reading Ambassador and recipient of the peer awarded 2009 Australian Society of Authors Medal.In 2013 she was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia) for Literature.

Melbourne based, she tries out ideas on the 14 year old in her family and writes a story every birthday for her grandsons.

Best known for 'There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake', which was recently translated into Chinese, Hazel writes across media, for adults & children. Pocket Bonfire Productions' short hippo film for the 33rd anniversary, toured with the Little Big Shots international film festival screening in places including the Sydney Opera House. www.hazeledwards.com has details of her Antarctic expedition publications. Hazel runs Non Boring Writing workshops for genealogists. Her 200 books have been translated into many languages. Appointed 2009 Nanjing-Aust cultural exchange author, she has e-mentored dual language stories.
Recent picture books include 'Flight of the Bumblebee with classical music CD, ' and the 'Hooray! There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Having a Birthday Party.(2011 CBC Notable Book ) 'Difficult Personalities', co-written with Dr Helen Mc Grath (Penguin) has been reprinted and an USA edition with Polish, Russian & Korean translations available. Her controversial co-written YA novel about transitioning gender 'f2m;the boy within' has attracted international attention due to Ryan Kennedy her ftm co-author.Recently included in 2011 The White Ravens top 250 chidlren's and YA books of the year, a Kailash Studio documentary was made about reactions to this YA 'coming of age' novel.

Junior histories include the Aussie Heroes series, wartime surgeon ''Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop and eye doctor Professor Fred Hollows and 'Edith Cowan: A Quiet Women of Note.'
E-book mystery literacy series 'Sleuth Astrid the Mind Reading Chook' illustrated by Jane Connory have been added to her onlne bookstore.Fake ID e-version is also available at www.authors-unlimited.org

www.hazeledwards.com includes FAQs, notes, bios, bibliography and events.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Title: Fake ID
ISBN: 0734404425
Publisher: Lothian
RRP: $12.95

Review: After her grandmother's funeral, Zoe begins to unravel the mystery of Gran's identity. Why had she been using a fake ID for years? What happened back in the old country that would make a person go underground? And who are these strangers in a batch of photographs?
With the help of the Internet and her nerdy friend Luke, Zoe discovers a whole new world of geneology, cyber-history and sites where electronic 'final thoughts' can be launched after a person's death.
This is an interesting and novel approach to the issues of identity so often found in novels for teens and young adults. Ostensibly aimed at 12-15 year-olds, I wondered if perhaps the book will be more interesting to those a little younger. Nevertheless, the sleuthing theme with its up-to-date technology should keep readers sufficiently engaged.
Review by Bella
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fake ID, by Hazel Edwards Lothian Takeaway series ISBN 0-7344-0442-5
Fake ID introduces the reader to the addictive and rewarding hobby of genealogy or tracing family history. Although the profile of a typical genealogist has been shown to be a female aged fifty plus with tertiary education the main character in this story is Zoe, a fifteen year old secondary student, who together with her friend Luke embark upon tracing her family history over three generations.
The author, Hazel Edwards introduces the reader to some of the ideas of true research using many differing techniques including, personal interviews, checking historic records, DNA testing and by making appropriate contacts over the "world-wide-web" by e-mail.
The results of these searches, set against a background of the political situation in Hungary in the 1950's and the Melbourne Olympic Games, allow for the super sleuths to construct much more than a chart of names and dates. They are able to place family events into context and understand the actions of Zoe's grandmother and her need for a fake ID.
This thriller is a must read for the family members of all genealogists as it may assist them to understand the nature of the hobby and its impact on their own family life where mundane things such as house-work may have to take second place to a trip to a cemetery or a visit to a library to find the missing piece to their family puzzle. Readers will be caught up with the ingenious plot and the truth uncovered by step-by-step research.
Kath Ensor
Genealogical Researcher: State Trustees
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