Lizzie and Margaret Rose by Pamela Rushby
Published by Omnibus Books
On the front cover of this book it states ‘War changes everything.’ How true it is in this wonderful story. It is 1940 and ten year old Margaret Rose survives a bomb raid but loses her family. Over the other side of the world her cousin Lizzie is not so sure about Margaret Rose coming to live with them.
Margaret Rose faces a long journey to Townsville in Queensland and she is well aware life will not be easy in her new home. The relationship between Lizzie and Margaret Rose is strained for quite a while, but when the war comes to Australia, the girls face a number of challenges together.
This book is well written and the research gathered to write it is presented at the end by the author. I feel this adds to the authenticity of the story and its characters. Each chapter is either from Margaret Rose’s or Lizzie’s perspective. This technique helps the reader to feel what each character experiences.
Children form 9-12 years will enjoy this book and be exposed to knowing how close World War II came to Australia.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Pamela Rushby
Title: Lizzie and Margaret Rose
Publisher: Omnibus Books
Published: October 2016