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The Blue-Eyed Aborigine [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary Hayes
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Book Description

It is 1629, and there is mutiny in the air aboard the Dutch ship Batavia as she plies her way towards Java with her precious cargo. Jan, a cabin boy, and Wouter, a young soldier, find themselves caught up in the tragic wrecking and bloody revolt that follow. But worse is to come… Based on the diaries of the ship's Commander, Rosemary Hayes recaptures some of sea history's most dramatic moments, linking the fates of of Jan and Wouter with discoveries that intrigue Australians to this day.

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A definite must-read this summer! A confronting look at a significant event in history, with deft interpretation and excellent character development - a great read. nayusreadingcorner Hayes gets the tone, pace and action just right. Jan's story is gripping. Straight on to the school readings lists for this one, and for the best possible reasons." Weekend Australian A fascinating documentary but also a gripping adventure story that raises timeless questions about human behaviour, conditioning and ultimately the power of love. Magpies A fascinating adventure story about a real-life drama including the possibility of early contact between Indigenous Australians and Western Europeans. Suitable for readers aged 13+, this interesting based-on-fact historical fiction novel is likely to appeal to teens with an interest in Australian history, particularly stories of early European contact with Indigenous Australians. Having read many accounts of this tragic episode, I was impressed by the author's research and skill in relating history whilst telling a captivating tale. Necessarily for younger adolescents, many explicit details are avoided and the volence and degradation are described as moderately as possible. A fascinating story. School Librarian Makes an enthralling and often exciting read. Ibby Link A great read for girls and boys who like a bit of adventure... I would recommend this book to anyone. You'll never want to put it down! Nansi, age 11 Aquila

About the Author

Rosemary Hayes lives and works in Cambridgeshire. She has written numerous books for children including historical and contemporary fiction and fantasy - many of which have been shortlisted for awards. She is also a reader for an authors' advisory service and enjoys helping unpublished writers to hone their skills. Rosemary lived in Australia for six years, and her first children's novel Race Against Time, set in Australia, was runner-up for the Kathleen Fidler Award. Rosemary's first Frances Lincoln book, Mixing It, about the relationship between a Muslim girl and a non Muslim boy against a background of terrorism, was shortlisted for the South Lanarkshire Book Award. Her next book, Payback, is based on the actual experiences of a young Muslim woman who was brave enough to defy her family and reject the husband chosen for her.

Product Details

  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Ebooks (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M18B0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Blue-Eyed Aborigine January 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a terrible book, but certainly not wonderful either. It's biggest problem is that it is incredibly short, which makes it difficult to attach yourself to any of the character. For that reason I give it a 2 star rating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate October 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase its depiction of the Australian landscape and the Hutt River or Kalbarri area. The earlier section of the Batavia and Islands was excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tough sea-faring tale March 18, 2012
By Jane
This is a gem of a book. As I would expect of this excellent author, the background is really well-researched (imagine having giant hour glasses on board a seventeenth century ship) but doesn't get in the way of a good ripping yarn.

The detail of conditions on board ship in those dark days is shocking and then the descent into violence and murder (seen as a necessity in order to survive) also seems a very long way from our untroubled existences in the modern age. I felt that the characterisation of Jan the cabin boy was sharp, and I felt for him as he was lead astray by the charismatic psychopath. The last few chapters are all the more uplifting for the contrast once Jan leaves this troubled company and tries to make a life for himself in Australia in the years before European colonisation.

I was quite disappointed when I came to the end since the central character is so engaging that I really wanted to know more. An excellent tale.

But I did wonder about the child's drawing on the cover and at the top of each chapter....
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