OverviewThe 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. When bad things happen, when things don't go according to plan, it's easy to say that you need to 'get over it' and 'move on'; it's much harder to actually do it. Esther never wanted to move on, especially not to a country town, especially not during a war. She was dragged there because her father thought it was right. Now he hides in a box all night and looks for heaven in the sky. Why couldn't she be normal, like everyone else? But when she becomes more 'normal'' even becoming a member of the mysterious Junior Defence Squadron'things don't get any easier. Particularly when an enemy spy is found'