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Land of Milk and Honey by William Taylor

Land of Milk and Honey

by William Taylor

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Approximately 750 children from war-torn Britain were sent to New Zealand. History shows many of these children suffered like Jake Neill.

This is a disturbing book regarding Jake's treatment at the hands of the Pearson family who used him like a slave, beat him and verbally and physically abused him. In particular Jake suffered terribly at the hands of the sadistic son, Darcy Pearson.

It was difficult to read this book, but it was very well written and compelling. It is a book of human courage and determination to survive despite incredible odds. ( )
1 vote Whisper1 | May 15, 2011 |
The story of 14 year old so-called British war orphan, Jake Neill, who in 1947 was sent to what was supposed to be a better life in New Zealand. Compelling reading. ( )
  yjeva | Jun 7, 2007 |
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A powerful story based on the real-life experiences of hundreds of British children who were sent as war refugees to New Zealand and Australia during the Second World War. Fourteen-year-old Jake suffers cruelly at the hands of a rural family, only to be offered sanctuary and eventual redemption by the elderly town doctor, Mac. His story is complex, dealing graphically with issues of community attitudes to violence and discipline and Jake's eventual response to his treatment is not what you might expect. Not a conventional 'morality' tale by any means, Taylor deals masterfully with the reality of revenge and retribution, handling the issues with skill. Gritty, and definitely not for younger readers, the story of Jake contains vivid descriptions of violence and cruelty to animals that need maturity to handle.
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"It is 1947 and 14-year-old Jake Neill, a so-called 'British war-orphan', has arrived in New Zealand. His mother is dead, killed in an air raid, and his father has sent Jake and his little sister to a 'better' life in a 'land of milk and honey', far from his ravaged homeland. Separated from his sister, Jake finds himself no more than slave labour on the dairy farm of the gruesome Pearson family. While the parents are bad enough, their son, Darcy, is a monster. Brutalised and bullied, Jake lives a life of misery, until a night that will mark him for life." Suggested level: senior secondary.… (more)

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