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Stealing Stacey

by Lynne Reid Banks

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There's nothing worse than picking up a book about your country and seeing how wrong someone can get it. Lynne Reid Banks doesn't get it Simpsons-wrong here, but she doesn't get it right either.

Stacey is a London school girl - bored with school and constantly in trouble. Her mother's been trying to hold it together since her father left. Then one day her Australian grandmother (speaking in a way that would put Alf Stewart to shame) turns up, her mother leaves, and her grandmother 'steals' Stacey, taking to outback Australia.

Here's where it seems a little off. Stacey refers to Perth as a 'big city', which I'm sure no London-er would ever do. She measures distance in miles, but doesn't understand inches. Her grandmother constantly refers to the local Aboriginals as a mob, and they are described as angry and vengeful - and threatening when they are drinking.

The overall picture is disturbing. Lynne Reid Banks has a reputation as a decent children's writer, and this book may be received better than it deserves to be. ( )
  melwil_2006 | Apr 14, 2006 |
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A girl finds her new life in Australia isn't what she expected.

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