Lina is an Italian girl living in Carlton in 1956 -- the year of the Melbourne Olympics. She's a scholarship girl who dreams of being a writer, but her biggest challenge in Year 7 is fitting into a world of privilege, so different from her own, and accepting that what makes her different also makes her strong.
It's 1956, and Lina dreams of being a writer, but her strict Italian parents have other ideas. Now that she's won a scholarship to an expensive girls school, Lina has other troubles, too. To fit in, she must keep her home life a secret, and even her best friend Mary can't know the truth. But how long can Lina keep her two worlds apart? Meet Lina and join her adventures in the first of four exciting stories about a passionate girl finding a place to belong.
Sally Rippin was born in Darwin and grew up in South-East Asia. As a young adult she studied traditional Chinese painting for three years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, which inspired her first novel Chenxi and the Foreigner. Sally is the author of many books for children, including the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series, and the highly acclaimed children's novel Angel Creek. Currently, she lives in Melbourne with her partner and three sons, and writes and illustrates full time.
Sally Rippin's heartwarming historical fiction for the Our Australian Girl series. Meet Lina and join her adventures in the first of four exciting stories about a passionate girl finding a place to belong.
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