Title // Sister Heart
Author // Sally Morgan
Publication Date // 2015
Publisher // Fremantle Press
Readership // #LoveOzYA
Genre // Verse, Historical Fiction
Rating // ✭✭✭✭
A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.
Poignantly told from the child’s perspective, Sister Heart affirms the power of family and kinship.
Sister Heart is the heartbreaking story of a young Aboriginal girl taken from her family told in verse. Far from home, she begins to build her new life, finding herself and unexpected friendships along the way.
This story broke my heart, because it is a reflection of the real life stories of generations of Indigenous children. It’s a poignantly told story that is perfectly suited to middle-grade readers all the way through to adults, as it highlights not only history, but also compassion, kindness and friendship, and the inner strength that people can find in times of tragedy.
I gave Sister Heart 4 out of 5 stars. A must read book.