This category, someone you love’s favourite book – was one that I had a few ideas for. I finally settled on one of my grandmother’s favourite books – Seven Little Australians. She lives in South Africa, but I have memories of her telling me how much she loves it, so I chose to use it for this category. In a very funny twist of fate, I also used it for a similar book bingo category – a beloved classic – in a 2019 book bingo challenge, which feels like so long ago now!
Most of us know the story of the Woolcot children, and the tragedies and adventures that befall them. It is a story of colonial Australia, influenced perhaps by stories like Little Women, which was first published thirty years before Ethel Turner’s most well-known story. It is indeed referenced in Seven Little Australians as books that the children have access to.
This is doubling as my Australian Women Writer’s review for this book, as I think I have already reviewed the book on this blog at the start of 2019. This is a story that captures a slice of Australian history in a way – a narrow view, but it is what Ethel would have had some experience of and what she would have witnessed and heard. Her focus is the story of the Woolcot children, and in particular, Judy, the third oldest, whose vibrancy and life is the heart and soul of the family.
This story is one that generations of children have loved, and that has been translated and sent across the world – no wonder it is one that my grandmother loved and wanted me to read years ago! It is one of those Australian classics that everyone knows in some way, and that is still around today.
Scary: The Monstrous Devices by Damien Love
Someone you love’s fave book: Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
Made into a TV Series: The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day by Ann M Martin
A title longer than five words: The Nine Hundred: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune McAdam
Fave childhood book: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett