Birrung, the Secret Friend

Birrung, the Secret Friend

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Birrung, a young indigenous girl, 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.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. :, Angus&Robertson,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780732299439
Characteristics: 135 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.


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Mar 01, 2016

Your children (and you) won't want to put this book down. If you want your children to immerse themselves in and love Australian history then this is a great place to start. Filled with engaging characters and story-line. A mix of historical first fleet characters e.g. Rev Johnson and historically accurate fiction. Fantastic!

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