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Girl Underground

By Morris Gleitzman

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Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Published In: Australia, 07 June 2004
Trying to fit in at a posh new school is really hard when your loving and lovable family also happen to be criminals. Bridget is succeeding pretty well and has even made a friend, Menzies, the son of the federal Minister for National Development. Then she finds out about Menzies' pen-friend, Jamal, a refugee kid from Afghanistan held in a detention centre. When daring appeals to the government and the prime minister himself fail to set Jamal and his sister free, Bridget and Menzies decide to take matters into their own hands...

About the Author

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university he worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 36 books, he's one of Australia's most popular children's authors. Visit Morris at his website-


Gr 3-6-Coming from a family of criminals has taught sixth grader Bridget the skills she needs to survive one of Australia's top notch boarding schools. It is also the secret she's trying desperately to hide. Her parents have enrolled her in boarding school after her older brother is sent to prison for shoplifting. Though they deal in illegal imports, they don't approve of stealing and they want their daughter to make a better life for herself. Bridget is keenly aware of this pressure to succeed at her new school and the fact that they could be in a heap of trouble if their secret comes out. It's difficult to make friends when you can't open up, but Bridget finds a kindred soul in a boy called Menzies. Soon Bridget's familial woes are replaced by a new and more serious predicament-helping Menzie free two Afghani refugee children from a detention center. This novel by Australian author Morris Gleitzman is a companion to Boy Overboard, where refugees Jamal and Bibi are first introduced. It is not necessary to have read Boy Overboard first, but many listeners will want to hear the story that inspires Bridget and Menzies' bravery. Gleitzman explores themes of courage, friendship, and social injustice with plenty of humor and intrigue to keep listeners involved. Mary-Anne Fahey's narration perfectly captures Bridget's innocence and quirky sense of humor. It's also fascinating to hear another country's perspective on current world issues. A great way to add some international flavor to school and public library collections.-April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780143300465
ISBN: 0143300466
Publisher: Puffin
Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.1 centimetres (0.15 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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A sequel to "Boy Overboard", this novel continues the story of refugees from Afghanistan and their experiences in a refugee detention centre in Australia. This time, however, the focus is on a girl in a private school who is incensed at the treatment of the refugees and decides to help improve their lot. A great springboard novel for discussion.

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