Stolen Girl is a fictionalised account of the now universally known story of the Stolen Generation and tells of an Aboriginal girl taken from her family and sent to a children’s home. Each night she sings, and dreams of her mother and the life they once shared — of sitting on the verandah of their corrugated-iron home, cooking damper and hunting goanna. But each morning she is woken by the bell to the harsh reality of the children’s home, until finally one day she puts into action her carefully crafted plan — unlocking the door and taking her first step back toward home. Stolen Girl gives young readers an insight into the life of a child taken away from everything they know into an alien world without love. It captures the depth of emotion that was felt by thousands of Australians during this dark chapter in the nation’s history.
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This was a very good book for us to read so we could learn about the Stolen Generations because we have been learning about Reconciliation Week.
It made us feel sad for what happened. We liked the last page, where she was taking her first step back home again.
We recommend that anyone who does not know about Reconciliation Week and anyone who works in the government must read this book. We want to thank the author for making it easier for little kids to learn about this topic.
A great and realistic insight in to the perspective of the traditional custodians of this land in such a depressing and traumatising time. This book would be a great tool for students to use in primary school. It gives the students a personal insight in to the stolen generation.
I read this to my school kids. They loved it