Hardback, 32 pages
Suggested reading age: 9+
Reviewed by: Indrani Perera
I'm loving the great children's books I'm finding at our local library that celebrate Australian history. I don't remember books like these from when I was growing up and they're a welcome addition to the great pantheon of children's literature. Australian children deserve to have stories that tell of their unique history and culture.
This book is based on a true story of a shipwreck off the south coast of Western Australia in 1876. Michelle Gillespie has managed to make this tale come alive with a beautiful retelling of events and portrayal of the two main characters - 16 year old Grace and stockman Sam. The story is ably illustrated by the talented Sonia Martinez.