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. It was only a tiny lump in her throat. It felt like nothing at all ' really. But Rachel's otherwise pretty comfortable life is suddenly turned upside down. It isn't fair. She's so strong and healthy; she's an athlete. Then there are tests and hospitals and nurses and doctors and all sorts bother that she didn't ask for, and she wouldn't wish on anyone. And no-one really seems to be able to help. Then she meets Rick, who is nothing like her - but, he also - is.