To all bookorms,
My name is Isabelle and Mrs Irwin has requested that I write a book review for the library blog and recommend a book for pupils to read. The first book I am choosing is called;
My Australian Story: Escape from Cockatoo Island by Yvette Poshoglian.
Olivia Markham is an orphan in the 1800’s. When she is shipped to Cockatoo Island she is treated like a common street beggar and a convict. Cockatoo Island is harsh on Olivia. Orphans and convicts are not allowed shoes, spoons or any food except for a thin broth three times each day. They are treated with hard labour and must not complain. When Olivia arrives it seems like torture. However she becomes accustomed to the gruelling terms and besides she has her ever faithful copybook and a small handful of trustworthy friends. When the law finds out about the treatment of these poor girls they decide that Olivia and some other orphans should not be treated like this and they are sent to a slightly better placement in the country. Olivia may have escaped Cockatoo Island; however will she ever find the kindly family she hopes for? You will have to read this book to find out!
Due to the advanced vocabulary and sometimes graphic moments I would say this book is for older primary school students. I really enjoyed this book and I hope you will too!
Isabelle 5/6 C