A Waltz for Matilda

Jackie French has written alot of novels on the history of Australia but this is one of her best.  Matilda’s mum dies so she heads out to the bush to find her dad.  She finds him but tragedy strikes.  What follows is an amazing yarn about how 12 year old Matilda takes on one struggle after another to become an independent woman.

It is also the story of a new country developing.  There strikes by workers, bushfire, war, and drought.  There are new inventions like the car and radio.  There is woman fight to be aloud to vote.  The book also contains alot of rasist comments we wouldn’t use now but Jackie wanted to keep the book as true to how life was then as possible.

The story is loosly based around that annoying Aussie song Waltzing Matilda but is still a good read.  The book is from the Young Adult section but doesn’t contain anything that would upset the parents.  It is a long slog at 478 pages so it is really only an option for those of you who are really good readers.

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong…………………

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