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The Our Australian Girl collection of chapter books are proving so incredibly popular - and for all the right reasons. Each story in the series focuses on a particular era in Australia's history, and centres on one character. There are a total of four books for each character.
They may all be linked by a common theme - four books based on the same Australian girl - but each has been penned by a different author, the end result being that each one is as individual as the girl it portrays.
Meet Ruby excels due to its gradual increase of pace and drama within the first slim volume, (107 pages).
From the very first chapters the reader is under no illusion that Ruby leads a very privileged life, oh my, her family even has their own cook! Penny Matthews skilfully weaves in a number of clues that the 'financial crisis' is getting closer and closer to Ruby, the impact on her way of live is just around the corner. Ruby must begin a new journey, one which forces her to re-evaluate all that she has known so far.
Meet Ruby contains a number of comments on society which I found refreshing - mainly due to Matthew's ability to treat her readers with respect, encouraging her more mature readers to question equality in society. The novel may be set in 1930s, but such themes are always relevant.
The endnotes provide the reader with a little background information on what it was like to live in South Australia during the 1930s, followed by some very interesting facts. Oh, and Penny Matthews has also tucked in a very intriguing peek at the first few pages of Book 2 - Ruby and the Country Cousins.
Don't forget to check out Meet Lina too!