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I am an author of Young Adult Fiction books. I worked as a teacher in the Pacific Islands for seven years. Whilst in the Solomon Islands I taught PSSC English before the ethnic tension in 2000 forced a change of plans. I love Pacific literature, art and music. You can find me on Facebook at Beth Montgomery Author.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Jack's Island by Norman Jorgensen

Jack's Island (2008,
Fremantle Press)
This book takes the reader back in history to World War II. The protagonist, Jack, lives with his family on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia. The novel is really a loosely connected collection of anecdotes and stories about Jack and his friends. One adventure after another build to form a cohesive narrative that is both engaging and insightful. Jorgensen has shown the 'rough and tumble' ways of childhood that would seem outrageously dangerous nowadays to modern parents.
   The author has a gentle, easy-going style but doesn't shy away from issues of prejudice and snobbery. I enjoyed this book as a lighthearted record of life during the war years. It's suitable for 8-12 year olds, and those interested in history.

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