The White Ship

by Jackie French

On Sale: 29/05/2002



About the Book

The White Ship is a story of religious persecution, friendship, and an idealism that stretches over four hundred years; but most of all, it's a story about the search for safe harbour and a place to call home.

they were searching for a place to call home. Michel was happy living with his family on a remote island off the coast of France. Even if he sometimes dreamt of sailing the ocean on a wonderful ship like the Captain's White Ship, his days were too full of fishing and chores to think about it much. But one day disaster strikes the island. Michel and the other children are forced to flee from Catherine de Medici's soldiers on the White Ship and look for a new land to call home. Finally Michel's dream has come true - but at what cost? And, what's more, something strange has begun to happen to the White Ship: the ship never weighs anchor, no one grows any older, and they never sight land. What's happening to them? And why is Michel haunted by bizarre dreams of an island in a distant southern land and a girl called Rachel? It takes a catastrophe for Michel to discover the truth behind the White Ship's endless journey and to solve the mystery of Rachel and the strange southern land. Ages 12+

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780207197987
  • ISBN 10: 0207197989
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 29/05/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • List Price: 14.95 AUD
  • Age: From 12 years


Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator, the 2014–2015 Australian Children's Laureate and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to children's literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia's most popular children's authors and writes across all genres — from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction for a variety of age groups. ‘Share a Story' was the primary philosophy behind Jackie's two-year term as Laureate.

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