Ambleside Online Year 10: an Australian Biography – Flynn of the Inland by Ion L. Idriess (1932)

  Flynn of the Inland by Ion (Jack) Idriess is a book I've used in the past for high school. I'll be using it again next year as an Australian Biography substitute in Ambleside Online Year 10.  This book reflects views on race that were acceptable for the time in which it was written but … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 10: an Australian Biography – Flynn of the Inland by Ion L. Idriess (1932)

Requiem for a Wren by Nevil Shute (1955)

  It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Nevil Shute and this book reminded me how much I enjoy his writing. I thought I’d already read the best of his novels but Requiem for a Wren certainly deserves to be placed on a par with works such as Pied Piper, A Town Like … Continue reading Requiem for a Wren by Nevil Shute (1955)

Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele

Sun on the Stubble is an Australian classic first published in 1961 and later adapted for television and was written by a prolific Australian author, Colin Thiele (1920-2006). We've read a number of his books, mainly for the younger set, and I'd heard of this book but didn't get to read it until my eldest … Continue reading Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele

My Place by Sally Morgan (1987)

    My Place by Sally Morgan is an autobiographical account of three generations of Aboriginal women: Sally, her mother Gladys, and Sally’s grandmother, Daisy. Sally writes of her experiences growing up in suburban Perth during the 1950’s and 1960’s and her search for truth and identity after she discovers her Aboriginal heritage.Although her mother … Continue reading My Place by Sally Morgan (1987)

Ambleside Online Year 7 Highlights

Year 7 has finished up for the seventh time in our home, although this was only the second time we've used Ambleside Online for Year 7.  As I usually do, I asked my daughter which books were her favourites from this year's work, but I gave her a limit of ten. These are the books … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7 Highlights

Australian Historical Fiction: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

  The Light Between Oceans is M. L. Stedman’s 2012 award-winning debut novel. It is set in Western Australia where the author was born and raised, and is a well-written and heart-wrenching story.Without giving away too much of the plot...the story takes place in the years after The Great War and centres around Tom Sherbourne, … Continue reading Australian Historical Fiction: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

We've finished the first term of Ambleside Online Year 7 and here are some highlights and thoughts about some of what we've done. To see my original plans and some book substitutes see this post. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar This is the first time we've used Folger Theatre audios for Shakespeare. We've used Naxos and Arkangel … Continue reading Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill

  A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill is the sixth book in the Rowland Sinclair series of crime mysteries set in Australia in the 1930’s.One of the author’s trademarks throughout this series, and one of its most enjoyable aspects, is the cast of historical characters she skillfully weaves into the narrative.Kingsford Smith, Nancy Bird, Robert … Continue reading A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill

Radio Rescue by Jane Jolly; Illustrated by Robert Ingpen

Radio Rescue was published in November, 2016, and is a successful collaboration between author Jane Jolly and illustrator Robert Ingpen. (Tea and Sugar Christmas, published in 2014, was another book they worked on together).Radio Rescue is an exquisitely illustrated book that captures the uniqueness of outback Australia while presenting an important piece of history. The … Continue reading Radio Rescue by Jane Jolly; Illustrated by Robert Ingpen