Published by Ashton Scholastic, each novel is a personal account of a fictional character living within a time period of Australian history.
Currently the books in the series span Australian history from the 1770s to 1975.
We also have the three accompanying Teacher’s Guides.
Reading these novels is my idea – living literature for Australian Studies . Gerry ( dh) and Thomas read some of these novels last year and found them to be both interesting and informative – learned more about Australian history via reading.
I’ve asked some of the kids to choose a novel, read it and we’ll follow up with discussions and narrations and activities.
This week, Alexander finished the novel on Sir Donald Bradman.
This novel not only remembered the cricketer but also the man and his almost iconic status. Alexander pointed out that Donald Bradman was often a hero, a ray of hope and a positive distraction to those suffering during the Great Depression – so, naturally, this novel looks at the Great Depression and at life in Australia at that time.