Title: Blue Cat, The Author: DUBOSARSKY URSULA Format: PAPERBACK Publication date: 29/03/2017 Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN Price: $20.00 Publishing status: Active
A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. 'He can't speak English,' the children whispered...Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia - not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba's world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets - a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat .....
Gleebooks review: In sparse eloquent prose, multi-award-winning author Dubosarsky offers a different perspective of wartime, filtered through the experiences of Columba who is trying to understand and incorporate changes to her world in 1942 Sydney. Columba is the only child at her primary school who makes an effort to relate to Ellery, the German refugee with no English, and their odd friendship is far more peaceful than that she shares with exuberant, entrepreneurial Hilda and other school friends. The characters are realistic and credible; linked in varying degrees through the search for the blue cat, missing from the house of Columba’s secretive neighbours after an air raid practice. It’s easy to glean a sense of that era through the insightful writing and the inclusion of primary sources such as documents about water restrictions and national security, the Nock and Kirby’s ad, a photo from Luna Park, and the links to Ellery’s European background. Foremost is Columba’s altered innocence—while period detail is unobtrusively part of the whole, enriching both the novel and our knowledge. Astonishingly simple and elegant, The Blue Cat reasserts Dubosarsky’s skill as a writer, and will surely garner awards. Highly recommended. Lynndy
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