Hi, I’m Jenny. I love sharing books with kids, big and small. I love introducing them to new friends, new worlds and new experiences. The only thing that could tempt me away from teaching was this magical bookshop!
MY PICK OF THE MONTH for MAY
Scruffity is born into the harsh, grey world of a puppy farm. Taken from his mamma and locked in a concrete cage, what he yearns for most is Family. To belong is The Way of Dog. But no one wants him.
Just as his chances of adoption grow dangerously thin, Scruffity is set free by a boy as unwanted and lonely as he is.
Outside, Scruffity learns all about The Way of Dog - it is to run, to dig, to howl and, biggest of all, to love. But when tragedy strikes, Scruffity is suddenly all alone.
How does a dog find his way home when he never had one to begin with?
Set in Melbourne in 1942, Maggie Flanagan is missing her older brother who is off fighting for his country. Practising her footy and supporting her beloved St Kilda Football Club are the most important things to 12 year old Maggie until the day the nuns at her school suggest a fundraising event to help support the troops. Maggie has the daring idea to stage an all female footy match which does not go down well at all. Girls should run bake sales and have a sewing stall, they definitely should not be doing something so unladylike as to play footy! Well, Maggie has different ideas...
Felice Arena has set his story in an era where women and girls are starting to see greater opportunities presented to them. The war has seen many of the men leave so jobs and traditionally male roles are opening up to women. This is a fascinating snapshot of an era when gender roles were being questioned and determined girls like Maggie were changing the world, one footy match at a time.