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Tom Appleby Convict Boy - Jackie French

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Published: 28th April 2004
For Ages: 10+ years old
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At the tender age of eight, chimney sweep Tom Appleby is convicted of stealing and sentenced to deportation to Botany Bay. As one of the members of the First Fleet, he arrives in a country that seemingly has little to offer - or little that the English are used to, anyway.

About The Author

Jackie French Koller is a published author of children's books. Some of the published credits of Jackie French Koller include The Dragonling Collector's Edition: Volume 2 (The Dragonling), Seven Spunky Monkeys, The Keepers, Book 3: The Wizard's Scepter, and A Wizard Named Nell (Keepers (Turtleback)).

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5.0

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  • Captures time and place (3)
  • Educational (3)
  • Well written (3)

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    5.0

    Fascinating! Engaging!

    By Sana

    from Caringbah South, NSW

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    Pros

    • Captures Time And Place
    • Easy To Understand
    • Educational
    • Interesting Characters
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Australian History
      • Gift
      • High School
      • Inquiry Skills
      • Middle Primary
      • Older Readers
      • Reference
      • Resource
      • Upper Primary
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about Tom Appleby Convict Boy:

      This book is a wonderful resource to have it at home and to your teaching. The characters are engaging. The story fascinating. I just couldn't put it down. My daugther started reading it and she just can't let it go. She will be in year 5 next year and she is so amazed by the story. Jackie based this book in her great grandmother's diaries and easy to understand the other side of the story from a convicts point of view, although Jackie's great grandmother wasn't a convict herself, she was a free woman.
      Jackie present the readers with "Author's Note" at the end of the book, and it is very useful to know about the Myths around ships and convicts and the story of starvation, misery and depression suffered by most of the convicts and marines at the time.
      This story made me reflect on various perspectives of Australian Colonisation and how the whole story being told through history books can be easily questioned and insite such inquisitive feelings upon students.
      This book is a must read.

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      5.0

      Australian History for Kids

      By Mad Muriel

      from Melbourne

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      Pros

      • Captures Time And Place
      • Easy To Understand
      • Educational
      • Great For Anyone
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Reference
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about Tom Appleby Convict Boy:

        I purchased a class set of this novel as it is perfect for motivating students in the study of settlement in Australia. An enjoyable way to read and learn about the history of this great country.

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        5.0

        A child's eyes, a truth-filled journey

        By Red Bird

        from Sydney,AU

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        Pros

        • Adaptable for 9 year olds
        • British Colonisation
        • Captures Time And Place
        • Educational
        • Enthralling in chapters
        • Exceptional teaching tool
        • Great For Anyone
        • Junior teen fiction
        • Sincere and believable
        • The Fleets ordeals
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Australian History
          • Gift
          • Primary Teaching resource
          • Reference
          • Suitable young teens

          Comments about Tom Appleby Convict Boy:

          I searched for a book about convicts and could not have wished for a more perfect match. Year 3 children related to the character Tom who is their age. Secondly, discovering such a useful teaching resource was a bonus, such wealth within its pages. Jackie French's biography and insight based on her great grandmother's diaries allow the reader or listener to fully appreciate the world that was the convict era.The incredible journey lived through the eyes of a child gives the audience an opportunity to begin to learn, respond and reflect on Australian history and the British Colonisation of our town Sydney.

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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: 9780207199424
          ISBN-10: 0207199426
          Audience: Children
          For Ages: 10+ years old
          For Grades: 4 - 6
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 304
          Published: 28th April 2004
          Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.7
          Weight (kg): 0.24