Mum, ME, the 19c by David McRobbie

Mum, ME, the 19c

David McRobbie
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  • ISBN
    9780207197895 / 020719789X
  • Title Mum, ME, the 19c
  • Author David McRobbie
  • Category Fantasy & Magical Realism (children's/ya)
  • Format
  • Year 2002
  • Pages 160
  • Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Imprint HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Dimensions 191mm x 135mm x 12mm


Cara Gillespie and her mother are transported back in time to 1840s Australia after visiting a “living” museum. They need to get back to Dad, who is waiting in the car park in the Mitsubishi, but before they can do so, there are funny and frightening adventures to be faced.

Publisher Description

Fifteen-year-old Cara Gillespie and her family visit a 'living' museum, Harply Historical Village, which depicts a slice of Australian rural village life in the nineteenth century. When the time comes to leave the museum village, Cara finds a curious-looking device in some long grass. Believing the device to be a transistor radio, Cara spins the dial and promptly transfers herself back to the 1840s, where she finds that by some mischance her mother has also been transported. Now all Cara and her mother have to do is somehow work out how they can get themselves back to the year 2001 - and Dad, who is waiting in the car park in the Mitsubishi. But before they achieve this, there are a number of hilarious and heartstopping adventures to be had along the way. A funny and entertaining book that will appeal to a wide range of readers of all ages. Ages 11+

Shortlisted for Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Young Adult Novel 2003.

User Reviews
  • This was a fun book. It follows the story of the main character (her name escapes me) and her mum as they visit a recreation of a 19th century Australian town. A few moments and a twist of a radio knob later, they are transported back in time to the real 19th centry. An exciting adventure follows including fires and travelling troups. David Mcrobbie spins a fascinating tale giving readers a comparison of modern life and the 19th centry. While I found the end just a little bit unsatisfactory, it was altogether a fun read that I\'d definitely pick up again.

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