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The Astrolabe by Susan Arnott & Our Enemy, My Friend by Jenny Blackman

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August 2005, no. 273

The Astrolabe: Adventure in the southern seas by Susan Arnott

Lothian, $14.95 pb, 176 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

Our Enemy, My Friend: My story by Jenny Blackman

Scholastic, $16.95 pb, 169 pp

The Astrolabe by Susan Arnott & Our Enemy, My Friend by Jenny Blackman

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August 2005, no. 273

Reading a handful of primary-school-age historical novels in swift succession underlines the commonality of stratagems for encouraging young readers to engage with the past. First, there is the need to find a credible child role to focus on. Then, since adventure in historical times fell largely to the lot of boys, a female interest has to be introduced, or, with some contrivance and loss of credibility, the main role handed over to a girl in disguise.

Katharine England reviews four children's books

The Astrolabe: Adventure in the southern seas

by Susan Arnott

Lothian, $14.95 pb, 176 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

Our Enemy, My Friend: My story

by Jenny Blackman

Scholastic, $16.95 pb, 169 pp

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