It's 1854, and the Ballarat goldfields are a place of dreams and
rebellion as Sam, a homeless teenager, is called back to the past to
join the Puddlehams, who run 'the best little cook shop on the
The Puddlehams dream of buying a hotel with velvet seats, while
others dream of freedom from the British crown, away from the rule of
wealthy landowners and corrupt officials.
Once again Jackie French takes a fresh look at the history we
thought we knew and recreates an event entrenched in our national
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.