Sister Heart by Sally Morgan
Here is a review of the book by a primary school student from book recommendation website. Does it make you want to borrow the book?:
Sister Heart is a book about Annie — an Aboriginal girl who is suddenly taken from her parents (part of the Stolen Generation). She’s taken to a government-run school where she meets Nancy, Janey, and Janey’s brother Tim. It’s a shock for Annie and she doesn’t feel like talking.
This is a verse novel told from Annie’s point of view and it’s about finding courage in a new place.
I knew a little bit about the Stolen Generation and this book deepened my understanding because it showed the emotions of the stolen children and how they coped. This is a serious and engaging read, it’s emotional and you feel everything that the characters feel.
I’d recommend this to readers aged 10 to 13.
Joesph age 11
The land upon which Aboriginal people are born is a very important part of their life and culture. Being removed from family and land was devastating to children like Annie. You might hear people acknowledge, before a speech or before an assembly, the traditional owners of the land which is a way of showing respect to the Aboriginal people who lived in the area many years ago. The Aboriginal people also perform a Welcome to Country. A Welcome to Country is where an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custodian or elder from the local region welcomes people to their land. This may be done through speech, song, dance or ceremony. Here is an elder from the Wurundjeri people, who are custodians of the land our school is on, performing a Welcome to Country.