Lina at the Games


Sally Rippin

Our Australian Girl Series

Puffin Books

9780143307020ISBN: 9780143307020

RRP: $ 14.95

Age: 8+

Key Words: History, Australian Themes, School, Olympics

Published: 26th June 2013

Reviewer: Kylie Calwell

Lina is excited, the best thing about living in Melbourne in 1956 is the Olympic Games and they are finally here. Lina is fit to burst about her school paper and the chance to actually go to some of the Games. She misses her friend Mary, and wonders how she will ever get the paper finished with Sarah. Other things are going on too, as Lina comes to understand how much some people don’t like those from different backgrounds. In the midst of all this she strikes up a friendship with a boy who shows her a different way of looking at things. His idea will change things in a way she never thought someone of their age could.

Lina is an appealing girl with with goals and very real problems both at school and within her family. Rippin has placed her wonderful characters in the midst of a very real recreation of Melbourne in the late 50′s. The things Lina experiences seem so real, the excitement of that time almost tangible. This series is great for readers after something real and historical.

Recommended.

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