Saturday 29 January 2022

Ming and Flo Fight for the Future

Ming and Flo Fight for the Future by Jackie French (Angus and Robertson) PB RRP $16.99 ISBN 978140760208

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

This latest book in the series, The Girls Who Changed the World
, is an empowering and exhilarating look at the girls who went before us, and the way they shaped the world.

Twelve-year-old Ming Qong is convinced that girls must have changed the world, even if they are rarely mentioned in history books. So, when she gets the chance to go back in time, she imagines herself changing destinies from a glittering palace or an explorer's ship. Instead, she ends up in Australia in 1898, living a tough life as Flo Watson on a drought-stricken farm.

Luckily, Ming is rescued by Flo's Aunt McTavish. Wealthy Aunt McTavish belongs to Louisa Lawson's Suffragist Society, who are desperately and courageously fighting for women's rights. And Ming is determined to get involved, to make a difference. But change is never easy, so how can one girl change the world?

From Jackie French, one of Australia's favourite writers, comes an inspiring new series for all young people. The author, French, says, ‘A book can change a child’s life. A book can change the world’: this was the primary philosophy behind French’s two-year term as Australian children’s literary Laureate.

Like all of French’s books, this latest novel is well-written, engrossing, and is likely to appeal to readers aged 9 years and older.

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