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Ten Pound Pom : Our Stories - Carole Wilkinson

Ten Pound Pom

Our Stories

By: Carole Wilkinson, Liz Anelli (Illustrator)

Hardcover

Published: 1st October 2017
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Part of the new-look award-winning Our Stories series, this is a modern Australian immigration story.

I don’t want to go to Australia. I have just started grammar school. My best friend Sally goes there too. But it looks like there could be another war and Dad has convinced Mum to go. Because we’re migrants, the voyage is costing Mum and Dad only £10 each. My brother Brian and I are travelling free. It’s a long way to Australia. What if we never come back to England?

In the 1950s and 60s Australia welcomed thousands of British immigrants as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme. Ten Pound Pom is the true story of award-winning author Carole Wilkinson’s immigration to Australia.

  • Non-fiction is currently in high demand, and there are no other books on this topic!
  • Part of the award-winning Our Stories series. Expert authors with voice and personality, not just a collection of facts.
  • Perfect for upper primary curriculum right through to mid-secondary.

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highly recommend this book

5

This book highlights the migrants who came to Australia on the ten pound Pom scheme from England. An amazing look at social and family history of the British migrant. My family was part of this scheme and how our lives changed and new opportunities were given to us. A walk down memory lane. A treasury of history.

Adelaide

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A lovely book about a big adventure

5

I've purchased this for my ten-pound-pom parents for Christmas. I think it will bring them a lot of joy and happy memories about the big adventure they undertook in 1969. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful too. A lovely book for young and old.

Melbourne, Australia

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Ten Pound Pom

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The book is written in the present tense, from Carole's perspective (of course!) and illustrated brilliantly by Liz Anelli. All of the experiences of long-distance ship travel are captured delightfully and will resonate with many older readers...It has great appeal - there are lots of points of interest, and because of the episodic nature, it can be taken in small doses and thus enjoyed over a longer time. -- Sue Esterman * The Reader *
Ten Pound Pom is one of a series of books called Our Stories, which 'provides digestable chunks of information,' and is a good tool for sharing history and moving or migration experiences, but just as enjoyable to read for pleasure. * Kids' Book Review *
I am a fan of Carole Wilkinson's work and once again she has written a worthwhile book. -- Wonderous Words * Wonderous Words *
This story is a lovely insight into Australia's history. -- Read Plus * Read Plus *
The writing is accessible and compelling; the characters authentic. -- Reading Time * Reading Time *
It would be a great addition to school libraries and could be used successfully in social studies classes. * The Reader *

Carole Wilkinson

I didn’t start writing until I was quite old — nearly 40. Before that, I worked as a laboratory assistant. My jobs involved working with a lot of blood and brains. You might think this sounds a bit gory, but I quite enjoyed working in a laboratory. The trouble was I always had this niggling feeling that it wasn’t what I was meant to be doing.

One day I realised what I’ve always wanted to be—a writer! I don’t know why it took me so long to work that out. When I was at school in the 1960s (a very long time ago) it didn’t sound like the sort of thing a girl from Port Adelaide could ever do, so I suppose I didn’t think of it back then. Once I’d decided to try and become a writer, I went to university. I wrote lots of things at university including my first novel. I didn’t think it was very good. I showed it to a friend who worked in publishing. I don’t think she thought it was very good either, but she must have seen some potential because she asked me if I could write a teenage novel. ‘Yes,’ I said, when actually I was thinking ‘Are you serious? Of course I can’t!’

I’d never thought about writing for young people. I tried to think of a story. My daughter was at high school, and something she was doing at the time gave me an idea. My friend liked my idea. So I went ahead and wrote the whole novel. That was my first published book. It was published in 1996 and was called Stagefright.

I sometimes wish I’d started writing when I was younger, but then I think things have worked out okay. I find that I have lots of ideas and so far I’ve never had ‘writers’ block’ (touch wood). I might have got a late start, but I’ve been trying to make up for lost time. I’ve written 30-odd books, some short stories, a telemovie and some TV and planetarium scripts.

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ISBN: 9781925381214
ISBN-10: 1925381218
Series: Our Stories
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st October 2017
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 21.8  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.41