The Secret History Series, Book #1

Birrung the Secret Friend

by Jackie French

On Sale: 27/01/2015

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About the Book

The first in a new series that focuses on a secret part of our history

From best-selling and award-winning author Jackie French comes a new series for younger readers called the Secret Histories.

this first book in the series tells the story of a young indigenous girl Birrung who befriends orphaned Barney and his friend Elsie. Birrung is living with Mr Johnson, chaplain to the Australian colony in 1790, and his family. Generous in spirit, the Johnson family also take in Barney and Elsie who have only just been surviving on their meagre daily rations. Despite living with the Johnsons, Birrung's connection to her people remains strong, and when Mr and Mrs Johnson see how Barney's feeling for Birrung are growing, they gently explain that his friendship with a 'native' girl and all that she taught him about her language and lore must remain a secret - forever.

Perfect for readers who loved the best-selling and award-winning Nanberry: Black Brother White, the Secret Histories series will be welcomed by all who love the power of Jackie French's storytelling.

Ages: 8+

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732299439
  • ISBN 10: 0732299438
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 27/01/2015
  • Pages: 144
  • List Price: 12.99 AUD
  • Age: From 7 years
  • BISAC1: Children's, Teenage & educational / General fiction (Children's - Teenage)

Biography

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. jackiefrench.com facebook.com/authorjackiefrench


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