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Those Girls

Pamela Rushby

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Walker Books
03 April 2024


ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sixteen year old Hillary is unhappy at home. It's 1942, her beloved brother is reported missing in action in Singapore, her parents barely acknowledge her existence, and her Brisbane school days are coming to an end. When she sees a poster asking for recruits to the Women's Land Army, she grasps the opportunity to do something useful. She has visions of sunshine and fruit (and nicely fitting uniforms) but the reality is vastly different – early morning starts, communal showers, poor food, uncomfortable clothes and the attitudes of locals in small rural communities who distrust young women working on the farms. Luckily a couple of older and more experienced girls befriend her, and Hilly starts to flourish. She also finds romance with an American soldier, and discovers an outlet for her writing. A strong historical novel showing the work young women did to aid the war effort, accurate settings and believable characters. Readers of Jackie French's historical novels will enjoy this. Lindy

New, from award-winning historical novelist, Pamela Rushby, exploring the roles, and struggles, of women in wartime
The poster had a picture of a tanned, healthy girl, wearing a regulation uniform hat and shorts that were, surely, anything but regulation. When Hilly volunteers for the Women’s Land Army in 1942, she’s sixteen years old. She expects to be picking sun-kissed fruit and bottle-feeding fluffy white lambs, all while she's wearing a flattering outfit.

Travelling to farms across Queensland, Hilly encounters backbreaking work, but also friendship and fellowship with other Land Army girls, Aileen and Glad, all seeking independence for their own reasons. War is a chance for a life away from family and familiarity, offering adventure and romance. But the poster didn’t mention crutching sheep or 4 am starts. Or the prejudice they would face, and that some men needed to be fought off, rather than fought for. In the midst of adversity, Hilly finds exactly what she is capable of … and it might be more than she ever thought possible.

She is one of ‘those girls with grit’.

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Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   256g
ISBN:   9781760657840
ISBN 10:   1760657840
Pages:   336
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 14 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Pamela Rushby is the author of over 200 books for children and young adults, as well as children's TV scripts, documentaries, short stories and freelance journalism. Pam has been an advertising copywriter, pre-school teacher, and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia. She has won several awards, including the NSW Premier's Ethel Turner Prize, five CBCA Notable Books – and a bag of gold coins at a film festival in Iran! Pam believes the strangest, most riveting, heart-breaking, laugh-out-loud stories aren't fiction. They're real. They come from history. And she loves tripping over unusual incidents from history – and then writing about them.

Reviews for Those Girls


ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sixteen year old Hillary is unhappy at home. It's 1942, her beloved brother is reported missing in action in Singapore, her parents barely acknowledge her existence, and her Brisbane school days are coming to an end. When she sees a poster asking for recruits to the Women's Land Army, she grasps the opportunity to do something useful. She has visions of sunshine and fruit (and nicely fitting uniforms) but the reality is vastly different – early morning starts, communal showers, poor food, uncomfortable clothes and the attitudes of locals in small rural communities who distrust young women working on the farms. Luckily a couple of older and more experienced girls befriend her, and Hilly starts to flourish. She also finds romance with an American soldier, and discovers an outlet for her writing. A strong historical novel showing the work young women did to aid the war effort, accurate settings and believable characters. Readers of Jackie French's historical novels will enjoy this. Lindy





Those Girls paints an indelible picture of the lives of some women in the Queensland Land Army… for readers aged 14+ who have enjoyed Katrina Nannestad's and Jackie French's novels. * Books + Publishing * An easy read, this book reveals an important page in Australian history. * Good Reading * Pamela Rushby’s latest young adult book is another fantastic historical fiction about girls and women, and what their lives were like on the home front during the Second World War. * Ashleigh Meikle * A great read for older children, teens and adults. * Sharon Greenaway * Those Girls is [a] fascinating read that is important for learning about the AWLA and looking at the changing roles of women in Australia during and after World War Two. An excellent resource for Australian Curriculum Year 10 History – World War Two studies. * ReadPlus *


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