#LoveOzYABloggers – Historical

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I’m sorry I have posted soo much today! This will be post number 4! But Originally it was meant to be 2, my review & then the Duodecathon wrap up but then I remembered I didn’t finish that tag yesterday and then I was going through the ‘Australian YA Bloggers & Readers‘ blog directory and seeing if there were any new accounts I could follow I came across this meme of sorts run by #LoveOzYA and I had to join!

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So for this prompt, I am going to talk about 3 Aussie YA Historical Fictions I want to read! I didn’t actually have any on my TBR already, but I have done some googling and reading some synopsis’s and now I have 3!

The Castaway Convict by Wendy Macdonald


So the first thing that caught my eye with this book was the name having ‘convict’ in it. But then reading the synopsis and seeing that this book is based in the Port Arthur Convict Prison in Tasmania which I have visited when I went on holidays in Tassie when I was in primary school.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It is 1845, and twelve-year-old Josh is in Point Puer, the boys division of the Port Arthur convict prison in Van Diemen s Land (Tasmania). But he cannot remember committing any crime, or how he got to Point Puer. And why do they keep calling him Tom Parish? Then an act of spite by a bully plunges Josh into a series of adventures, and he and Sarah, his surprising and resourceful new friend, must unravel the clues to the mystery of his identity.

Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby


So I love anything war based but I have never read anything based in WWI! So that caught my attention with this book.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s 1915 and sixteen-year-old Australian, Flora Wentworth, is visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli.

Flora’s comfortable life is turned upside down when a hospital visit thrusts her into the realities of World War 1. She is soon transporting injured soldiers and helping out exhausted nurses – managing to fall in love along the way.

As Flora battles to save lives and find her own, a tragic misunderstanding changes everything

When We Were Two by Robert Newton


So first the cover caught my attention but the synopsis sounds really interesting. Also in the genre’s on Goodreads it is marked as a ‘war’ book but nothing in the synopsis says that so I will have to see.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dan had to go,
He felt he had no choice,
but leaving home was never
going to be easy . . .

Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it’s a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

When they are taken under the wings of a group of would-be soldiers marching over the mountains to join up for the Great War, Dan and Eddie’s journey becomes something quite unexpected. The experiences they share will shape their future beyond recognition.

This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.

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