ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Based on Carole Wilkinson's own experiences of coming to Australia in 1962 with her parents and brother as assisted migrants, this is a text-dense but pitch-perfect story of her trip from Derby to Adelaide aboard the Arcadia. It is full of a child's uncertainty about such a big change, her gradual acceptance and openness to the new experiences, and the happy ending of a brand new life in a place that mightn't be too bad after all. The illustrations are detailed and full of interest, the palette of colours change from drab and grey through to sunny and bright, mirroring the geographical journey. Good factual knowledge at the end gives the young reader the background of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme as well.
Abbey's biblio-matriarch Eve Abbey enjoyed this, and thought it would make a good gift for anyone who is descended from a ten pound Pom (and maybe even for the TPP too!) Lindy
Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning and much loved author of books for children. She has a long-standing fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Though Carole has written over 30 books, she did not write her first book until she was nearly 40. Before that she had worked as a laboratory assistant and as a film and television writer and editor. Illustrator Liz Anelli previously lived and worked in England but now resides in Newcastle, NSW. She has a huge passion for drawing and keeps rows of sketchbooks in her studio. In 2017, her book Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre (written by Pamela Freeman) was a CBCA Notable Book and was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, NSW Premier's History Awards, the Environment Award for Children's Literature and the Educational Publishing Awards. Her latest book with Walker is The Biscuit Maker (2020), written by Sue Lawson.
The book is written in the present tense, from Carole's perspective (of course!) and illustrated brilliantly by Liz Anelli. All of the experiences of long-distance ship travel are captured delightfully and will resonate with many older readers...It has great appeal - there are lots of points of interest, and because of the episodic nature, it can be taken in small doses and thus enjoyed over a longer time. -- Sue Esterman * The Reader * Ten Pound Pom is one of a series of books called Our Stories, which 'provides digestable chunks of information,' and is a good tool for sharing history and moving or migration experiences, but just as enjoyable to read for pleasure. * Kids' Book Review * I am a fan of Carole Wilkinson's work and once again she has written a worthwhile book. -- Wonderous Words * Wonderous Words * This story is a lovely insight into Australia's history. -- Read Plus * Read Plus * The writing is accessible and compelling; the characters authentic. -- Reading Time * Reading Time *