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A Waltz for Matilda : The Matilda Saga : Book 1 - Jackie French

A Waltz for Matilda

The Matilda Saga : Book 1

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Published: 1st December 2010
For Ages: 13+ years old
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Once a jolly swagman camped by a Billabong

Under the shade of a Coolibah tree

And he sang as he watched and waited till his Billy boiled

You′ll come a‐waltzing Matilda with me...′

In 1894, twelve-year-old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But drought grips the land, and the shearers are on strike. Her father has turned swaggie and he′s wanted by the troopers. In front of his terrified daughter, he makes a stand against them, defiant to the last. ′You′ll never catch me alive, said he...′

Set against a backdrop of bushfire, flood, war and jubilation, this is the story of one girl′s journey towards independence. It 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. Paterson and from events rooted in actual history, this is the untold story behind Australia′s early years as an emerging nation.

About the Author

Jackie French is a full-time writer who lives near Braidwood in the Araluen Valley, NSW. In 2000, Hitler’s Daughter was awarded the CBC Younger Readers’ Award. To the Moon and Back won the Eve Pownall Award in 2005. Macbeth and Son, and Josephine Wants to Dance were both shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Awards.

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  • Informative (6)
  • Well written (6)
  • Deserves multiple readings (5)
  • Easy to understand (4)
  • Relevant (4)

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5.0

Great read

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from Sydney Australia

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about A Waltz for Matilda:

    A great read as are the others in the series. I suggest you read them in order. They're all good from an early Australian historical view too.

     
    5.0

    Great writing with a strong Australian historical accent

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    from Sydney Australia

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about A Waltz for Matilda:

      The series needs to be read in the order written. For younger readers but at age 72 I loved them.

       
      4.0

      Great Australian Book for Teens up

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      from Wishart

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      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Relevant
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          Comments about A Waltz for Matilda:

          Enjoyable. Learnt things I had not known about aboriginal culture.
          Insight into early Australia.

           
          5.0

          Wonderful reading for older girls & adults alike.

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          from Brisbane

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative
          • Inspirational
          • Relevant
          • Well Written

          Cons

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            • Classic To Have At Home
            • Gift

            Comments about A Waltz for Matilda:

            I originally got this book out from the library for my daughter but decided to read it first myself. I'm so glad I did! It's a wonderful book. There's not many books that I end up making copious notes on, writing out family trees and doing more research from, but I found this book so moving & inspirational that I just had to follow up. I couldn't wait to read the next books in the series & they did not fail to deliver. All truly wonderful books that follow important events in history but with a wonderful family, personal touch. I have read all the books in the series from the library but then ended up buying them in the end too. I want to be able to re-read them & also for my daughter to grow up reading these books. The series should be obligatory reading for all teenage girls, and indeed, any adult!

             
            5.0

            Great Australian history read.

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            from Brisbane

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative
            • Relevant
            • Well Written

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              • Teenagers
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              Comments about A Waltz for Matilda:

              A great way to learn about Australian history. Particularly how we treated the indigenous people. Has got me interested in reading historical fiction. The story includes a great bond between a young woman and a father figure.

               
              5.0

              Can;t put it down

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              from Goondiwindi

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Understand
              • Informative
              • Inspirational
              • Relevant
              • Well Written

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Travel Reading

              Comments about A Waltz for Matilda:

              This book is full of generes such as; drama, a bit of romance, adventure and lots of others.
              This is just another example of a book that you can't put down!
              Jackie French has done it again! she has made Australia's history amazing. This was the book that made me love books as much as I do now!

              LOVE IT

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              Jackie French

              Jackie was the Australian Children's Laureate for 2014/15 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.  She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books.

              Jackie's writing career spans 25 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas. 

              Her books range from provocative historical fiction such as Hitler’s Daughter and They Came on Viking Ships to the hilarious international bestseller, Diary of a Wombat with Bruce Whatley, as well as many nonfiction titles such as The Fascinating History of Your Lunch, and To the Moon and Back (with Bryan Sullivan), the history of Australia’s Honeysuckle Creek and man’s journey to the moon.

              In 2000, Hitler’s Daughter was awarded the CBC Younger Readers’ Award. To the Moon and Back won the Eve Pownall Award in 2005. Macbeth and Son, and Josephine Wants to Dance were both shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Awards.

              Visit Jackie French 's Booktopia Author Page


              ISBN: 9780732290214
              ISBN-10: 073229021X
              Series: The Matilda Saga
              Audience: Children
              For Ages: 13+ years old
              For Grades: 7 - 9
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 496
              Published: 1st December 2010
              Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 3.1
              Weight (kg): 0.36