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Jacob - a World of Faces

Young adult novella, Third Space series - a unique project designed
to develop Intercultural Understanding


Although Jacob goes to the local school and plays footy with his mates, his Jewish traditions seem to be always pulling him away from his friends. And it’s like he’s constantly misunderstood and missing out.  One day, Jacob can’t face it anymore and decides to take a stand. But before he takes a stand, Jacob needs to know what he stands for. And what exactly he’s facing. Stuck out in no-man’s land was not where he wanted to be...

Third Space: Intercultural & Ethical Understanding

The Third Space series is a unique project designed in response to the Australian Curriculum’s inclusion of the key elements of diversity competence: intercultural and ethical understanding, personal and social capability, and critical and creative thinking. Comprised of thirteen novellas, The Third Space aims to equip students with the requisite understandings, skills, attitudes and dispositions to deal with difference through reading stories focussed on young protagonists.

This series takes students on an introductory journey out of their own world and into the intriguing world of human diversity. Students are given a unique opportunity to step out of their own space and into ‘the third space’ – a space where people of different cultural, racial and belief systems are understood and respected. The novellas provide the conceptual tools and imaginative space to help students discover and participate in this ‘third space’ where multi-culture and multi-faith are key components of a society that is rich, harmonious and inclusive.

Jacob a World of Faces


'I turn sentences around. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and I
turn it around again. Then I have lunch. Then I come back in and write another sentence.
Then I throw them out and start from the beginning.'

Philip Roth

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