Review Blog

Feb 10 2008

A penny to remember by Kirsty Murray

cover image

National Museum of Australia Press, 2007 (Making Tracks)
(8+) When young George is caught stealing and sentenced to transportation, his only thought is for his sister, Hannah. On board one of the hulks, he is befriended by an older convict who spends his time making keepsakes for the other convicts to give their wives and families before they sail to the other side of the world. George is shown by Will how to rub a penny smooth, banging it first to flatten the marks already on it, and then rubbing it constantly to make it ready for an engraving. Using a nail, George scratches a message to his sister, in the hope that they will meet again.

One in the series, Making Tracks, this story retells the story of transportation in Australia's early European history through the eyes of two young people. Full of historical facts, the story will engage the reader, making learning about this portion of our history anything but dull.
Fran Knight

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA shortlists 2017
2017 ABIA longlist
The Stella Prize shortlist for 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
Reading Children's book prize shortlist
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates