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Middle Years English: Don't Call Me Ishmael

Middle Years English

Don't Call Me Ishmael

There’s no easy way to put this, so I’ll say it straight out. It’s time I faced up to the truth. I’m fourteen years old and I have Ishmael Leseur’s Syndrome. There is no cure.”

And there is no cure for not fitting in. But that won’t stop Ishmael and his intrepid band of misfits from taking on bullies, bugs, babes, the Beatles, debating and the great White whale in the toughest, the weirdest, the most embarrassingly awful … and the best year of their lives.


acceptance, bullying, friendship, hope, identity, Language, Power, power of language, resilience, self-acceptance

Michael Gerard Bauer

Michael Gerard Bauer was born and lives in Brisbane Australia. In 2000 he resigned from his full-time position as an English/Economics teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. His teaching career included time teaching at St Peter Claver College.


Who Is Ishmael? MOBY DICK

Herman Melville chooses Ishmael to narrate ''Moby-Dick,'' .

Call Him Ishmael

He's one of the most well-known characters in one of the most quoted first lines of a novel in literary history. With the opening, 'Call Me Ishmael,' Herman Melville sets the tone for his novel Moby-Dick by introducing the book's narrator and storyteller.

Don't Call Me Ishmael Book 1 trailer

Michael Gerard Bauer: Reading

Bullying No Way!

Other Libguides


Learncast NSW recorded a series of short interviews with me at the Sydney Writers Festival which covered the following topics:

For Teachers

Free Downloadable TEACHERS’ NOTES are available from Scholastic Australia