The third set of 4 books in the series: Grace, Letty, Poppy and Rose
by various well-known Australian authors
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New softcover books. Published 2011, 132 pages in each book. Delightful illustrations by Lucia Masciullo. Reading age: 8 - 11 years.
* Grace and Glory, 1808 by Sofie Laguna
It's 1808 . . .
and Grace has arrived at a bark hut on the edge of a river to start her life as a servant. Grace's life as a servant gets off to a shaky start. Her master, Tom, is strict, and even though Grace means to be helpful and hardworking, she is soon in trouble. But even though she tries hard, nothing she does for her new master ever seems right – especially if it involves Glory, his beloved horse. But there are good things in her new life, too - her kind mistress, Beth, the mysterious Indigenous people nearby, and Glory, the most beautiful horse that Grace has ever seen... When Tom goes away and leaves Grace in charge, there's an emergency. Will Grace know how to save her mistress from danger?
Join Grace again on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about a convict girl who is given a second chance.
* Letty on the Land 1841 by Alison Lloyd
It's 1841 . . .
Letty is finally making a life for herself in New South Wales when her world is thrown into turmoil again. The family she is working for are going back to their home in the country, and they want Letty to go with them to the Blue Mountains! Iif Letty wants to keep her job she must travel with her mistress to a sheep farm in the Blue Mountains, leaving her sister Lavinia behind in Sydney. Letty has heard that the bush is a wild place, full of strange beasts and dangers, not to mention the bushrangers who hide out in it. And as Letty soon learns, life on the land has plenty of challenges. Living in the harsh Australian bush is beyond what Letty could have imagined, and she soon starts to wonder if she's made the right choice. But just when she is at her lowest point, someone appears from Letty's past - someone marvellous...
Join Letty again on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about a free-settler girl and her new life in a far-off land
* Poppy and the Thief, 1864 by Gabrielle Wang
It's 1864 . . .
and Poppy is on the road again, heading to the town of Wahgunyah, desperately trying to catch up with her brother. When she meets a mysterious Chinese boy, she thinks she might finally be getting closer to finding Gus and solving the mystery of the Chinese letter with the very special dragon seal. But the more time she spends with this boy, the more difficult he becomes. Should Poppy trust him?In Wahgunyah, she makes contact with the Chinese community who have come to Victoria to find gold. She's so close to finding out about her father and her Chinese heritage, but then Poppy is framed as a thief and captured! Will anyone believe that she's innocent?
Join Poppy again on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about a Gold Rush girl who dreams of a better life.
* Rose's Challenge, 1900 by Sherryl Clark
It's 1900 . . .
and Rose's world is changing. She is finally allowed to go to school - the magnificent St Swithin's, where she makes a best friend, learns more than just embroidery and even gets to play in a proper cricket match! But Rose has never been to school before - will she be able to keep up? Will she fit in? And will she be allowed to join the cricket team?! In the meantime, change is afoot in Melbourne: Federation is imminent, and the suffragette movement is gathering force. When Mother gets dangerously ill and Aunt Alice takes a position in a poor state-run school, Rose realises that she has taken a lot for granted - but the changes taking place around her will change Rose's life forever...
Join Rose again on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about a Federation girl who's determined to do things her way!
More about the series:
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.
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Our Australian Girl Set 3: Grace, Letty, Poppy, Rose - 4 new softcover books