Review: Maybe Tomorrow – moved

Maybe Tomorrow
Maybe Tomorrow by Boori Monty Pryor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There should be more stories like this in the world. Monty Pryor’s heart-breaking, uplifting, and funny recollections of his life – so far – will fill your heart and feed your soul. If you think that you know about ‘the Aboriginal history’ of Australia – think again. Monty brings an intensely personal point of view to the history of Australia, and at that same time manages to describe the universal experience of Aborigine’s on this island both before and after the arrival of Europeans.
Written in the 90s in conjunction with Meme McDonald, and Margaret Dunkle, Allen & Unwin released an updated edition in 2010, which I am going to find and read.
Although parts of this story are repetitious and some points are made more than once, this is still a refreshing and satisfying read.

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Review: The Heroes of the Kokoda Track

The Heroes of the Kokoda TrackThe Heroes of the Kokoda Track by Nicholas Brasch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a thorough, well-written, comprehensive ‘quick info’ book about the battle for Kokoda.

Covering the Australian, PNG and Japanese histories of the battle, Nicholas Brasch presents the information in manageable pieces. It has a very good glossary and index, and a terrific list of references.

Recommended for readers from Year 3-8.

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Review: Lighthouse Girl

Lighthouse GirlLighthouse Girl by Dianne Wolfer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The compelling story of a young girl’s lonely existence on a small island, ‘Lighthouse Girl’ is based on a true story.

Fay lives with her father and one other lightkeeper on Breaksea Island. Her mother is dead, as are a number of her siblings. Life is harsh, but Fay is an optimistic young lady, and makes the best of her life. There is great excitement when war breaks out, but the reality of the situation becomes clear as news from the front filters back to Australia. Brian Simmonds beautiful illustrations are interspersed with photographs and newspaper clippings of the times, creating an authentic feeling of time and place.

A beautiful books for all ages.

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