Ratwhiskers and Me

By Lorraine Marwood

A powerful atmospheric verse novel set in the Victorian goldfields in the 1800s.

Traumatised by a fire in which her family perishes, the narrator poses as a boy on the goldfields. There, Sun Song, a Chinese market gardener is the only one to show any kindness. The narrator flees to the Chinese camp, taking the name Lin. But Ellery, a man with links to Lin’s past, is determined to take over all rights on the goldfields, setting in place a dangerous sequence of events. To survive is a test of frienship and loyalty, and a catalyst for Lin to remember her tragic past.

  • Written by a respected Australian poet, this unique verse novel will be an important resource for schools.
  • Deals with important social and historical issues such as racism, persecution and the role of identity
  • Explores interesting and contemporary gender issues through strong and complex female characters

About the author

Lorraine Marwood is an award-winning poet who has been widely published in Australian and international literary magazines. She has published several children’s books and collections of poetry, including The Girl who Turned into Treacle, that downhill yelling and Redback Mansion. Lorraine is also the Australian editor of the UK literary magazine, Tears in the Fence, and is a writer of poetry ideas and teaching plans for Literature Base.


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ISBN: 9781921150395
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 128pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $17.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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