“I am filled with the worst feeling. Everyone says it is the safest, most luxurious ship in the world, but something about it is extremely unsettling.”
Evelyn Gilmore does not share her brother Thomas’s excitement about travelling on the maiden voyage of the luxurious Titanic.
For Evelyn the ship is taking her away from everything she knows and loves. For Thomas it is taking him to his new life.
How could they know what the trip would bring?
Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad.
Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house.
Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh.
My name is Felix.
This is my story.
Everybody deserves to have something good in their life.
At least once.
Adeline Yen Mah is born into an affluent and powerful family in China, but her life is made miserable from the moment she is born. After her mother dies giving birth to her, Adeline’s family labels her “bad luck,” causing her to grow up with the guilt that she alone is responsible for her mother’s death. Things at home get even worse when Adeline’s father remarries. Restricted to one small area of the house, Adeline and her natural siblings are mistreated while their stepbrother and stepsister receive special treatment. An outstanding student and the winner of many academic awards, Adeline revels in the praise she receives from her Aunt Baba and grandfather, Ye Ye, and lives with the hope that her father might someday be proud of her.
In 1894, twelve-year-old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But drought grips the land, and the shearers are on strike. Her father has turned swaggie and he′s wanted by the troopers. In front of his terrified daughter, he makes a stand against them, defiant to the last. ′You′ll never catch me alive, said he…′
Set against a backdrop of bushfire, flood, war and jubilation, this is the story of one girl′s journey towards independence. It is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams.
Drawing on the well-known poem by A.B. Paterson and from events rooted in actual history, this is the untold story behind Australia′s early years as an emerging nation.
Mary Lennox is the daughter of rich British colonists of India. She is a spoiled brat who doesn’t know what caring means. When her parents die of cholera, ten-year-old Mary is sent to live in her uncle mansion Misselthwaite Manor. Her uncle, Archibald Craven, lost his wife and can’t stop mourning her. He left control of his house to his brother. To Mary’s surprise, she isn’t waited on hand and foot, but sent outside to go play in the gardens. There, she finds a boy named Dickon who’s followed around by kind animals, a friendly robin and a garden hidden behind a wall.
As she starts to care about people other than herself, the garden, once Archibald Craven’s wife’s, starts to come alive around her for the first time since the wife died. When she finds a boy named Colin, who turns out to be her cousin, he’s a spoiled brat, like Mary was in India, sick with delusions that he’s to ill to live. Mary and Dickon decide to take him into the “Secret Garden” to make him glad to be alive.