The Spare Room – Lomer, Kathryn

<p>The Spare Room</p>

Title

The Spare Room

Author

Lomer, Kathryn

Publisher

University of Queensland Press

Published Date

2004

Annotation

Akira comes from a traditional Japanese family and comes to live with the Homers, an Australian family in Hobart, to learn English. The Homers have experienced a family tragedy that makes sharing their lives difficult, but common humanity brings relief in a story with strong characterisation. Designed as a long letter written almost a year later, when Akira has long returned to Japan, this sensitive teenage novel tackles problems such as cultural difference, friendship, understanding, and shared grief. Readers share the emotions 19-year-old Akira feels when moving from strange outsider to beloved friend.

Key Concepts

Cross cultural relations, Family, Resilience, Respect

Audience

Secondary

AC Links/EYLF

English, Geography, HASS, ACELA1528, ACELA1529, ACELT1619, ACELT1621, ACELT1622, ACELT1803, ACHASSK186, ACHASSK188, ACHASSK189, ACHASSK190, ACHASSK191, ACHASSK192, ACELA1540, ACELA1541, ACELT1626, ACELT1627, ACELT1628, ACELT1807, ACELA1550, ACELA1551, ACELT1663, ACELT1771, ACELT1634, ACELT1635, ACELA1563, ACELA1564, ACELA1565, ACELT1639, ACELT1640, ACELT1812, ACELT1642, ACELT1643, ACELT1644