y Maggie Jackson's Kid single work   children's fiction   historical fiction   children's  
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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Maggie Jackson's son was born fourteen years ago on a convict ship. His mother, unable to stand the harshness and brutality of life in Sydney in the 1820s, died when the boy was six. Hating the white establishment, he ran away and lived happily with a group of Aboriginal people for the next eight years. When he returned to Sydney he found himself an outcast, an object of contempt, humiliation and even hatred ... until a single act of kindness by the son of newly-arrived settlers starts an exciting chain of events. This changes the lives of others, black and white, who the boys encounter in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales and some in high places on the other side of the world. (Publisher's blurb, back cover).

Notes

  • Kerry White's Australian Children's Books 1989-2000 (2004): 504 comments: 'Romantic tale of early colonial life. Not noted as a children's book in the publisher's short catalogue for 1990 although it does read like a book intended for younger readers.'
  • Dedication: To Rebecca Emily Julia and Sarah with love
  • Epigraph: All men are alike as a row of pins for the Colonel's lady and Judy O'Grady are sisters under their skins. Rudyard Kipling (1896).

    ...Those wonderful, humane people - primitive, yes, but with a code of behaviour that puts to shame this thing we call civilisation. Peter Finch (1948).

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Works about this Work

Untitled Helen Woodall , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 42 no. 4 1998; (p. 30)

— Review of Maggie Jackson's Kid G. K. Saunders 1998 single work children's fiction
Rediscovering a Lost Past Stephen Matthews , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 November 1998; (p. 22)

— Review of Maggie Jackson's Kid G. K. Saunders 1998 single work children's fiction ; The Divine Wind Garry Disher 1998 single work novel ; Bring Back the Songs Elizabeth Hutchins 1998 single work novel
Untitled Helen Woodall , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 42 no. 4 1998; (p. 30)

— Review of Maggie Jackson's Kid G. K. Saunders 1998 single work children's fiction
Rediscovering a Lost Past Stephen Matthews , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 November 1998; (p. 22)

— Review of Maggie Jackson's Kid G. K. Saunders 1998 single work children's fiction ; The Divine Wind Garry Disher 1998 single work novel ; Bring Back the Songs Elizabeth Hutchins 1998 single work novel
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