Somewhere around the Corner

Somewhere around the Corner

by Jackie French
     
 

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Just shut your eyes and picture yourself walking around the corner. That's what my friend told me. Somewhere around the corner and you'll be safe. The demonstration was wild, out of control. Barbara was scared. She saw the policeman running towards her. She needed to escape. She closed her eyes and did precisely that: she walked somewhere around the corner - to

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Just shut your eyes and picture yourself walking around the corner. That's what my friend told me. Somewhere around the corner and you'll be safe. The demonstration was wild, out of control. Barbara was scared. She saw the policeman running towards her. She needed to escape. She closed her eyes and did precisely that: she walked somewhere around the corner - to another demonstration - to another time. Barbara was lucky she meet young Jim who took her out of this strange, frightening city to his home. It was 1932, when Australia was in the grip of the depression, and Jim lived in a shantytown. But Barbara found a true friend and a true home - somewhere safe around the corner. Ages 12+

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Just when her world seems darkest, Barbara, a runaway in contemporary Australia, is ``pulled around the corner'' backward in time. Awakening in the year 1932, the confused girl meets a kindly boy named Jim, who brings her home to ``Poverty Gully,'' a relief camp for the unemployed. While Jim's parents view their strange visitor as neglected and delusional, they are quick to accept Barbara as one of the family. Their run-down shack has no floor nor beds, but there Barbara finds the love and compassion denied her in her ``other world.'' Told from several points of view, French's tender story portrays the Great Depression as the best and the worst of times. The Australian author deftly parallels the hardships of that era with the modern-day conflicts that have pushed Barbara to the streets. Persuasively expressing its characters' dreams and concerns while offering a series of surprising twists, this intriguing adventure conveys a faith in many levels of miracles. Ages 9-12. (May)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
When things are too awful to bear, an old man tells Barbara, just close your eyes and imagine that you are "somewhere around the corner." Jackie French has brought us a time fantasy from Australia that teaches a bit of world history as well as giving us a romp in a land very different from our own. Barbara does what the old man says, and sure enough she lands in a different world - that is, it's Australia, but it's 1932, and the country is in the middle of the Depression. How Barbara (now called Bubba) copes with a different kind of life makes fascinating reading-especially for children with an interest in fairly recent history, or Australia, or time adventures, or all three. The ending is predictable, but it wraps the story up nicely.
Sally Estes
Terrified by a baton-wielding policeman at a rowdy demonstration, Barbara takes an old man's advice and imagines herself walking around a corner to a safe place. Instead, she steps from 1994 Sydney, Australia, to 1932 Sydney and another violent demonstration, from which she's rescued by a raggedy boy named Young Jim. Thinking a blow to the head has scrambled her brains, Jim takes her to the isolated shanty camp where his out-of-work parents live. Becoming a part of Young Jim's large family, Barbara gains a sense of community and caring that she's never had before. Although she comes to feel at home in the past, she knows that she belongs in the 1990s; but it takes another terrifying shock, this time a natural disaster, to wrench her back around the corner. In this quiet, heartwarming story, French does a wonderful job of portraying the precariousness of life during the 1930s Depression as well as the courage and warmth of people who not only survived, but also managed, in many ways, to thrive despite adversity. An author's note comments on the story's background, and a glossary defines its Australian slang, which is generally clear in context and adds a certain charm to the narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780730491958
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
247 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

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