Review Blog

Dec 11 2008

Ratwhiskers and me by Lorraine Marwood

cover image

Walker Books, 2008. ISBN 9781 92115039 5
(Ages: 10+) When Boy is taken by the men as a cook at their tent site, he feels safer than he has for a while. Meeting Pigtail gives him a friend, but the men warn him off, he is told not to talk to the Chinese miners. It is Bendigo during the early days of the Gold Rushes in Victoria in the middle of the nineteenth century. Using the technique of the verse novel, Marwood gives us a look at the gold field, with its rough single minded characters, the resentment towards the Chinese diggers, the deaths from all sorts of disease and the ugly disposal of the bodies.
Boy is soon exposed as a girl, in flight from the murder of her family during one of the many fires which ravaged the camp sites in Victoria. Nina has recollections of the fire which killed her parents and sister, but cannot piece together what really happened. When she must leave her loyal dog, Ratwhiskers, tied in a cave lest he give her away, she is taken by the evil Ellery and tortured to tell what she knows. An easily read adventure on the goldfields is sure to please upper primary students.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Miles Franklin longlist 2017
Reading Children's Book Prize 2017
Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist 2017
Branford Boase Award shortlist 2017
Text Prize 2017
NSW Premier Literary Awards shortlist 2017
Aurealis Awards winners
YABBA Awards shortlist 2017
Stella Prize 2017
2017 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominees

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
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates