Sian: The New Australian by D. Luckett
Published by Scholastic Australia
Sian (Sharn) Mary Roberts is the thirteenth child in the Roberts family who live in a coal-mining town in Wales. Her story is set in the early 1900’s.
Sian’s mother died while giving birth to Sian. Sian’s older sister, Olive, looks after her and her other siblings. Life is hard for Sian, full of school, picking coal, being teased by classmates and being scolded by her father.
One day, Olive marries Ellis, and they move to a different house, taking Sian with them. She now has her own bed and bedroom.
Not long after Sian finds herself in Sydney, Australia. Ellis finds a job; Sian goes to school and Olive looks after the house. A couple of weeks pass and Ellis goes to work in Port Darwin leaving Sian and Olive in Sydney. But after tragedy strikes Sian is once again on the move. This time, she is heading for Port Darwin.
In Port Darwin, Ellis and Sian live in a mud brick house. Sian goes to school, and she also meets Mae Gok, a Chinese girl, and they become friends. Ellis makes friends with the school teacher, Miss Alberts and later marries her.
Sian is happy in Darwin, but she starts receiving letters from her family back in Wales asking her to come home.
Will Sian go back to Wales or will she stay in Australia?
I think kids aged 8-13 would like this book, especially if you like reading historical fiction books.
I really liked this book, in some situations I could relate to Sian, and I admire her way of facing life’s challenges. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down!!
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: D. Luckett
Title: Sian: The New Australian
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: August 2015