Archimede Fusillo

Our visiting author for English Week this year was Archimede (Archie) Fusillo, who kept the Year 7 and 8 students enthralled with his stories of growing up in Australia, the son of Italian immigrant parents. Many of his stories made us laugh, and some also brought a tear to the eye. When Archie started school he knew only one word of English. His reading and writing developed slowly, and he soon found that a good way to get out of trouble was to be funny…or to tell a story. It was from these early days that his love of story began. His advice to students was to write about the people, places and events that you know. Some of his best known books are…


Here are some 50 word stories from Archie’s workshop:-

In a desolate town in South Australia lived two child prodigies, Juliet the sinister one, and Kate, the arch enemy of Juliet. One night Juliet took Kate for a walk to the local endliss pit and pushed her in the black depths to stop her scheming against her forever. – Jack (Year 8)

It was Christmas Day. My crazy parents locked me in my rooom and delivered my breakfast through a slot in the door. They were tired of me getting up early and spoiling the surprise. Then at 8.00am my parents let me out. I sprinted down the stairs – I could see a huge package! – Lloyd (Year 8)

I creep into the kitchen, the large bag wriggling on my shoulder. I open the door, careful not to break anything. I dump the bag. Ma walked inot the kitchen, happily mixing bird seed and compost fro the breakfast gruel. Ma opened the door. “Hopy crap! There’s a gorilla in the pantry!”

Jason and Nathan were running down the street. Two older boys were chasing them because they had thrown rocks at their car. Jason and Nathan ran and ran until they were puffed out. As they sped around the corner of a building they were suddenly faced by the older boys! – Jason (Year 8)





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2 responses to “Archimede Fusillo

  1. Lynette

    Perhaps you could do a LibraryThing search (activity 7) and see if others have made added his books to their libraries or have made comments about them

  2. heathereboundy

    Thanks Lynette. I have been having fun with LibraryThing transferring my own reading journal onto it – but haven’t used it for any of Archie’s books yet. Will give it a go.

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