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Sunday 27 October 2013

Children's Week: Review: Who am I? The Diary of Mary Talence

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About the book
Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 is a wonderful book about an Aboriginal girl called Mary Talence.  She was taken from her family when she was only 5 years old to a place called Bomaderry, where she grew up.

When she was 10 years old, a family called the Burkes adopt her and she doesn’t fit in.  After a while she starts to question why she doesn’t fit in.

YELLOW HAT (Positive)
I like how the book was written and how it is so interesting.  I also like how Who Am I? is a true story and it clearly shows how Aboriginals used to be treated.

BLACK HAT (Negative)
What I don’t like about Who Am I? is that there is too much slang language, which is why it wasn’t rated 5 stars in this book report.  Having too much slang ruins the book in my opinion but this is all the bad things about the book.

In conclusion, Who Am I? is a great book and I would definitely recommend it.


- This review by Sam Dyne, a member of the St Mary's Catholic Primary School Kalgoorlie Book Club.

Title:  Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 (My Story)
Author: Anita Heiss
Publisher: Scholastic, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 August 2001
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781865043616
For ages: 10+
Type: Middle Fiction