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A Waltz for Matilda - Jackie French

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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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5.0

Can;t put it down

By Miki

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 French's writing career spans sixteen years, 42 wombats, 120 books for kids and adults, translations into nineteen languages, and slightly more awards than wombats, both in Australia and overseas (that's overseas awards, not overseas wombats).

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
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.34