Jackie French has based her book around mostly real people from the days of early settlement around Sydney. I found it very informative, well researched and written. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any interested person.
A lovely book to read. I love to read stories based on Australian history and Jackie French has made this early history come alive. Well written and great characters. I'm sure other readers will enjoy it as much as I did.
This book teaches you a lot about Indigenous and tribal things. If I could pick book of the year it would be this. Nanberry is a boy who gets distracted a lot. It gives you the Indigenous Australians point of view when the first fleet came.
As an I migrant to Australia, my knowledge of indigenous history was limited. I read this book to my year 8s and they thoroughly enjoyed it too. Together we worked on the difference between 'sympathy' and 'empathy' which were important emotions in this book. Once again, Jackie French is a winner!
'Nanberry, Black Brother White' by Jackie French was an excellent YA-historical-fiction. It was well-written and quite intriguing, detailing the lives of the MCs (Nanberry, Surgeon White, Rachel, Maria and Andrew) and other characters. I enjoy reading books in this demographic and Jackie is a favourite author (my first book was 'Hitler's Daughter' in 1999). N,BBW's main themes were: confinement, the desire to be free of shackles (different for each character) and finally, finding a place to belong. Each one saw life in Australia, at around 1798, differently. While there was some happiness, Nanberry saw cruelty, prejudice and the loss of his Eora identity/culture/family. Jackie covered all the elements necessary for a quality read - clever plot, vivid imagery, rich characterisation, a realistic setting and deeply portrayed emotions. All of these points helped me to connect, but, I enjoyed her writing style the most - authentic and beautifully simple, but lyrical, too. (And she drew it all together based on historical references, actual people, reseach of the era and her own perceptions or informed conclusions.) I don't think it would take a master-mind to realise this page-turner would make a fantastic movie. Brilliant and compelling reading for both young and old!
this book is about a yound indigenous boly named nanberry who is taken in by a surgeon from england this is an indepth read that manages to potray different perspectives i thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone