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y separately published work icon If Blood Should Stain the Wattle single work   children's fiction   children's  
Is part of The Matilda Saga Jackie French , 2010 series - author novel (number 6 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 If Blood Should Stain the Wattle
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'In 1972 in Gibber's Creek, and across the nation, the catchcry is, 'It's time'. Time for old folk, time for young folk, time for everyone to welcome a renewed Australia with a new, idealistic Labor Government.'

'It's also time for Jed Kelly to choose between past love, Nicholas, the Labor member for Gibber's Creek, and Sam from the Halfway to Eternity commune. It's time for Scarlett O'Hara to dream that one day she might walk - and become a doctor - despite being in a wheelchair. And for Leafsong, the commune's 'mute monster', it's time for others to see her true beauty as she opens their eyes and changes their lives with the exact food that someone will love and need.'

'It's also time for Matilda Thompson to face her ghosts and reflect on an extraordinary life that began by a billabong in 1894. A life that took a young girl from the slums of Grinder's Alley to formidable matriarch of the district.'

'But as political ideals drift from disaster to the Dismissal, Ra Zacharia plots a new world led by aliens. And he will sacrifice whoever he must to achieve it.' (Source: Booktopia website)

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins Australia , 2016 .
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      Extent: 480p.
      • Published 21 November 2016
      ISBN: 9781460705933, 9781460753118

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