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WINNER OF THE 2012 NSW PREMIER'S YOUNG PEOPLE'S HISTORY PRIZE
What would you do if a ship was wrecked just off your favourite beach? In December 1876, when the steamship Georgette ran aground near Margaret River in Western Australia, teenager Grace Bussell did not hesitate. Accompanied by stockman Sam Isaacs, Grace rode her horse straight into the boiling surf and saved as many people as she could. Like many of the passengers and crew on board the Georgette, Grace was an ordinary person who showed great bravery in an extraordinary situation. Step into the fascinating world of nineteenth-century sea travel and pioneering life, as you experience the exciting tale of the Georgette and the remarkable people involved in her final voyage.
Stephanie Owen Reeder is the author of six books for children, including Lost! A True Tale from the Bush, which was shortlisted in the Childrens Book Council of Australias Book of the Year Awards 2010. Dr Reeder is a freelance author, editor and reviewer, who has also worked as a librarian, a teacher, a university lecturer and a parliamentary editor.
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This is an extraordinary true story of young Grace Bussell, who grew up in the Margaret River district. In 1876, the small steamship Georgette runs aground near Grace's home. That night, Grace leapt on her horse and rode for more than an hour to get to the ship and help save the passengers.
With 'Amazing Grace', Stephanie Owen Reeder has created a lightly fictionalised retelling of this stirring tale, fleshing out Grace's life and the small, personal experiences of all the main characters in this tragic drama...the author has balanced the fine narrative with well-chosen illustrations and paintings that, while not necessarily directly related to this tale, nevertheless effectively portray the dress, customs and lifestyles of the 19th century colonial Australia...Apart from the fascinating information the reader can glean from its pages, and the pleasure one gets in simply reading the well-told tale, it is a book that we can all treasure and add to our personal trove of special titles.
Stephanie Owen Reeder's writing style is clear and engaging, and this style of book can often bring a historical incident to life in a way the simple facts cannot. This is recommended for upper primary school readers with an interest in history and real-life heroism.
This book is absolutely outstanding from the story created around the factual evidence to the presentation and production quality.