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A waltz for Matilda (2010)

by Jackie French

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Portrays an independent female character.
  BCE_Library | May 13, 2014 |
This is yet another fabulous book written by Jackie French.

A Waltz For Matilda is an inspiring and interesting story about a young city girl named Matilda living in outback Australia on her father's farm. When her mother passes away in the city, Matilda decides to find her father who lives in the outback. As soon as Matilda arrives at her father's farm, an inspiring adventure begins, her survival in the outback alone...
  TLHelen | Nov 5, 2012 |
A Waltz for Matilda, written by the well known Australian author Jackie French is set from 1894 to 1915. It follows the adolescent years of a 12 year old girl named Matilda. Matilda flees the city slums after the death of her mother to search for her unknown father and his farm. But the land is in drought and shearers are on strike. She finds her father, only to find that he is wanted by the troopers and he plans to go swaggie. Matilda is living her dream, she has found her father and he is beginning to teach her the beauty of his bush. Then that night he makes a stand, "You'll never catch me alive, said he..."

Amongst bushfire, drought, flood and war we witness Matilda's journey towards independence. The book is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams.

Drawing on the well-known poem by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson and from events rooted in actual history, this is the untold story behind Australia's early years as an emerging nation...

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Taken and edited from the blurb for the book A Waltz for Matilda, by Jackie French. ( )
  Evie.L | Jan 17, 2011 |
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Set against drought, flood, bushfire, war and jubilation, this is a story rooted in the words of our most famous national song. It is a love-song to a land and to a nation, told from the points of view of those who had no vote in 1901: the women, the Indigenous people, the Chinese market-gardeners, the Afghan traders.… (more)

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