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The Drovers Road Collection: Adventures in New Zealand, 3 Books in One VolumeThe Drovers Road Collection: Adventures in New Zealand, 3 Books in One Volume
Joyce West
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While her sprained ankle mends, young Gabrielle (Gay, for short) Allan decides to write a book about her home and family life on a New Zealand sheep station. To know horses, sheep, cattle and the land; to interact with local Maoris and wandering Aussies; to ride in the hunt meets, and to fall quite often into adventures of every kind are, at least according to Gay, part of what normal life should be. Through Gay's youthful recounting we begin to fall in love not only with her richly characterized New Zealand land, but above all with the adults and children (and animals!) who make up this country-bred society of the 1920s and '30s. In this one volume, readers can move from the introduction of Drovers Road to the next stage of Gay's growing-up life, when she comes into an inheritance in Cape Lost, and finally, accompany her through the tensions and rewards that bring her into adulthood in The Golden Country. Each story, with its hallmark of warm family relationships where members weather together the ups and downs of life, will be a welcome addition to the family literature bookshelf. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
     

 

 
Jamberoo RoadJamberoo Road
Eleanor Spence
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The "Switherby Pilgrims," consisting of Missabella and her ten orphans, are settling down in their new home of New South Wales, Australia. They have forged their new home in the rough wilderness of primitive Australia with the help of a young aboriginal boy named Cammy, and now it is Missabella's goal to provide for the future for all of her wards. Cassie and Luke set off to work, and they end up triggering a chain of reactions that will affect the rest of their family. Eleanor Spence, softcover, 184 pages.
     

 

 
The Switherby Pilgrims: A Tale of the Australian BushThe Switherby Pilgrims: A Tale of the Australian Bush
Eleanor Spence
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Miss Arabella Braithewaite of Switherby knows there is no future for the ten orphans--a remarkable mix of genteel and working class children--she has gathered together these years of England's grim factory growth in the early 1820s. Her plan, outrageous in the eyes of mot, is to take the children to Australia to take up a land grant. Thus, one day the townsfolk gather to watch a line of departing "pilgrims" lead by the fearless "Missabella."

On a new continent, and after a daunting ocean voyage, the challenges begin. To the orphans it becomes a life-giving adventure, even when serious unexpected threats must be overcome. Australian author Eleanor Spence, writing with keen personal insight, sketches each child and adult's engagement with the new land and its people and with one another. From their courage we glimpse the futures of this unlikely band beginning to emerge with hope and personal dignity. Recommended for ages 10 and up.


     

 

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