The Friendly Games

The Friendly Games

In 1956 Melbourne hosted the Summer Olympic Games. Student John Wing was so proud of his country, one of the friendliest places on earth. But when world tensions dominated the news, John wrote an urgent letter suggesting how to change the Closing Ceremony to bring all nations together as one.



The NSW Premier’s History Awards, Younger Readers’ Category 2021


The Children’s Peace Literature Award, 2021


‘Readers will take heart from the story’s inspirational message and its relevance today – that young people, like the passionate yet humble John Wing, can effect change.’

Maura Pierlot

- Reading Time, CBCA, September 2020.

‘It’s great to see so many books telling true stories of inspiring young people and overlooked yet defining moments in the lives of different communities.’

Anica Boulanger-Mashberg

- Books + Publishing, May 2020.

Book Details

Illustrator Fiona Burrows
Publisher MidnightSun
ISBN 9781925227642
Page 32 pages
Reading Age 4+ years

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