Under the Green Moon
Drawing on her family’s life in Sydney’s famous Botany Bay area, the author has vividly captured the life of a lonely young girl who makes friends with an Aboriginal girl. The two become close, but Australia in the 1930s wasn’t the place for cross-cultural friendships. Soon the authorities step in and the friends are separated.
With her striking looks and long blonde hair, Daisy Entwistle brings a shudder to the residents of New Sands in Botany Bay. For Daisy is eerily similar in appearance to her grandmother Rachel Calthorpe who, forty years earlier, drowned on a ship bound for England. It isn’t her death, though, that haunts the community: it is her association with an aboriginal girl, and the vicious assault that left a young man lucky to be alive.
But looks aren’t the only thing that Daisy has in common with her grandmother. When Amelia, an aboriginal girl, joins her class, Daisy discovers a different Australia, and she is determined to discover the truth about her family’s past.
Giles’ fluid style and genuine storytelling talent lends itself beautifully to this Australian version of To Kill a Mockingbird. – Ireland on Sunday
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