Friday 4 March 2022

Interned by Pamela Rushby

Pamela Rushby’s new middle-grade historical novel, Interned is out now with Walker Books.

It is based on a little-known event in Australian history that Pamela tripped over on a small island off Singapore, in a shrine to 'the German Girl' 

Australia jailed 7000 'enemy aliens' of German origin during World War 1. Most of these were men. But 84 were children.

It's 1914. The world is on the brink of war. Gretta, daughter of a German businessman, lives a privileged life in Singapore. Tilly, daughter of a German-born baker, lives a modest life in Brisbane. Two very different lives. But the girls will spend the next four years together, in Australia. In an internment camp. Jailed. 

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