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The Schoolmaster's Daughter

The Schoolmaster's Daughter (Paperback)

By French, Jackie

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Drawing on her own family history, this is a story from Jackie French about education in Colonial Australia - and how women once had to fight for their right to it. January 1901 Sharks circle the stranded ship as Hannah and her family head to a new home in the newly formed nation... of Australia. Hannah's father has a new post as the schoolmaster in a larger school in northern NSW, where the school's wealthy patron, a sugar planter called Mr Harris, will give the family a life of comfort and the best society. But secrets lurk in this subtropical paradise. From the moment Hannah's mother rebels against her husband's refusal to let Jamie, the Pacific Islander boy who rescues them from their shipwreck, into his school, the facade crumbles. Mr Harris's fortune is built on slavery and the whip. And the new Federal government's first law demands that all Pacific islanders - even those born in Australia - be deported. If Mr Harris learns of the secret school that Hannah's mother is running, it will mean ruin, violence, and possibly even death. Hannah and Jamie must fight for Jamie's right to stay in the land he loves, and for their rights to education and equality. Can the friendship and love of two young people win against such prejudice and power? Based on the lives of Jackie French's great-grandparents and grandmothers who taught - and fought - for equal education and the rights of all Australians, no matter what their background or the colour of the skin, this story shows us how the bravery and the battles of the past can give us courage for the challenges of today.
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ISBN 9781460757710
Published AU 1 Jun 2020
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781460757710
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Published 1 Jun 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By French, Jackie
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
School Stories
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
English Literature: Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 270g
Interest Age 7-12 years
Reading Age 7-12 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile