【 THE WEARING OF THE GREEN 】
Gentle historical fiction about the goldrush era in Australia.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: Claire Saxby
Published: April 2022
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 192 (paperback)
Thanks to Walker Books for a copy of this for review.
It’s been a long time since I read middle grade historical fiction and I’d forgotten how quaint yet informative it is. The Wearing of the Green follows Biddy as she struggles to find her place in Australia having made the voyage from the work houses of Ireland to the colony of Victoria.
It’s set in a really interesting era in Australia with the separation of Victoria from New South Wales and the general turmoil of goldrush attitudes and the difficulty of keeping family together. It’s a lovely story and great for middle readers who want to learn more about this time.
As an older reader, I enjoyed touching on familiar subjects and seeing a variety of important themes and topics incorporated well into a relatively short narrative. This worked for me and was an easy, quick read to enjoy.
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