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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Secret Histories
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y Birrung : The Secret Friend Jackie French , Sydney South : HarperCollins , 2015 7444385 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'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.' (Publication summary)

y Barney and the Secret of the Whales Jackie French , Sydney South : HarperCollins , 2016 9242023 2016 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'What is the sailor's secret about the treasure of Australia's colony?

'The second book in a series that explores little-known history about Australia's fascinating past.

'Barney Bean is keen to make his fortune and he hears a secret; a sailor's secret about the treasure of the colony.

'But how can chasing whales make you rich? Is adventure at sea worth leaving everything he loves?

'Written by award-winning author Jackie French and superbly illustrated by Mark Wilson, this second book in The Secret Histories series explores how the early colony survived with the wealth from whaling, a little-known secret from Australia's past.' (Publication summary)

y The Secret of the Black Bushranger Jackie French , Sydney South : HarperCollins , 2017 9463539 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'The third in a series that explores our secret history

'By the 1790s orphaned Barney Bean finally has his own farm in the early NSW colony. All his dreams are coming true!

But now we are to learn of Barney's biggest secret yet: how he helped Australia's first bushranger escape.

'Was Black Caesar a wronged man, an ex-slave who vowed to be free? Or was he a laughing villain, a trickster who planned to terrorise the colony?

'And in helping him, did Barney do right or wrong?

'You decide.' (Publication summary)

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First known date: 2015
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