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The first 4 books in the series: Meet Grace, Letty, Poppy and Rose
by various well-known Australian authors
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The second set of 4 books in the series is also available - click here
New softcover books. Published 2011, 132 pages in each book. Delightful illustrations by Lucia Masciullo. Reading age: 8 - 11 years.
Our Australian Girl is a new series of historical novels for girls published by Puffin Books Australia. Each story in the series is set in a particular era of Australian history - the convict era, colonisation, the goldrush and Federation. All written by highly acclaimed Australian authors, they feature strong plots, colourful and varied characters and genuine, likeable heroines.
The covers of the Our Australian Girl books are designed to appeal to pre-teen girls, with a logo of a locket and charm bracelet, enduring symbols of girlhood. Inside, an array of emotional experiences awaits readers with engaging descriptions of life as it once was and suspenseful plots about things such as family, friendship, betrayal, loneliness, standing up for what's right and surviving in a dangerous world. Our Australian Girl focuses on the fortunes of four likeable young girls: Grace, Letty, Poppy and Rose. Each of their stories begins in a different era and each character has their own series of four books with a distinct voice and personality. It's their stories, their dramas, hopes and dreams that illuminate Australia's past, its rich diversity and the independent spirit that was fundamental to the building of a nation.
* Meet Grace, 1808 by Sofie Laguna
It's 1808 . . . and young, orphaned Grace is living with her uncle in London. Uncle Ord is mean to Grace, they have no money, and Grace is always lonely and often hungry. She has to work as a 'mudlark,' searching the muddy bed of the Thames River for objects to sell. The best part of her day is going to Fleet Street to talk to the horses that she loves so much. One afternoon Grace can't resist taking a shiny red apple from a grocer's cart - and then another... and .... before she knows it, Grace is being chased through the streets! Will she be caught and sent to prison - or worse? She is transported to Australia as punishment. On board the convict ship Grace makes a friend, Hannah.
Meet Grace and join her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a brave convict girl who is given a second chance.
* Meet Letty 1841 by Alison Lloyd
It's 1841 . . . and Letty is on the docks in England, farewelling her bossy older sister Lavinia who is about to take a long sea voyage to Australia. But then there is a mix-up,and before she knows it Letty finds herself on the ship too, travelling all the way to New South Wales! How will Letty manage when her sister Lavinia doesn't even want her on the ship? She's frightened ... what will it be like on the other side of the world?
During this period of history, Britain sent fewer convicts to Australia but also paid people like Lavinia to come as free settlers. In four years, from 1838 - 1841, 40,000 men, women and children emigrated to NSW. Letty's adventures, which unfold in four exciting instalments, is the imagined story of one of them. Meet Letty and read about her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a free settler girl and her new life in a far-off land.
* Meet Poppy, 1864 by Gabrielle Wang
It's 1864 . . . and Poppy lives at bird Creek Mission near Echuca. Poppy is of indigenous and Chinese heritage, and she hates the Mission, especially since her brother, Gus, ran away to pan for gold. Many indigenous children were taken from their parents and placed in missions where they were trained in household chores and as farm hands before being adopted by white families. During the 1850s and 60s, more than a third of the world's gold was found in Victoria and this attracted many people from all over the world.
Poppy runs away to look for Gus but how will she survive in the bush? And will she ever find Gus, whom she loves more than anything in the world? Poppy's story is a glimpse into life as an outsider at that time. Meet Poppy and join her adventure in the first of four stories about a Gold Rush girl who dream of a better life.
* Meet Rose, 1900 by Sherryl Clark
It's 1900 . . . and Rose lives with her family in a big house in Melbourne. She wants to play cricket, climb trees and be an adventurer! But Rose's ultra-conservative mother has other ideas. Then Rose's favourite young aunt, Aunt Alice, a feisty suffragette, comes to town, and everything changes. Will Rose's mother let Aunt Alice stay? And will Rose ever get to do the things she loves?
In 1900, life was very restrictive for women. In most parts of Australia, women weren't allowed to vote, few got the chance to go to university and it was difficult for women to have careers of their own. Girls like Rose and women like Alice had to fight for the rights they felt entitled to. Rose's story, told in four exciting instalments, shows how rebelliousness and courage brought about change, making it possible for Australian girls today to have so many choices. Meet Rose and join her adventure in the first of four stories about a Federation girl who's determined to do things her way!
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