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Nanberry: Black Brother White

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Author:  Jackie French

Two brothers -- one black, one white -- and a colony at the end of the world

It′s 1789, and as the new colony in Sydney Cove is established, Surgeon John White defies convention and adopts Nanberry, an Aboriginal boy, to raise as his son. Nanberry is clever and uses his unique gifts as an interpreter to bridge the two worlds he lives in. With his white brother, Andrew, he witnesses the struggles of the colonists to keep their precarious grip on a hostile wilderness. And yet he is haunted by the memories of the Cadigal warriors who will one day come to claim him as one of their own.

This true story follows the brothers as they make their way in the world -- one as a sailor, serving in the Royal Navy, the other a hero of the Battle of Waterloo.

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Jun 14,2016

This was a truely gripping historic novel letting you see the point of view from mutiple different characters in the book.I EXTREMELY liked it.

Jun 14,2016
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I liked this book yet is was hard to under stand.It was very informative towards the history of Australia and was set in 1788 onwards.My favourite part of this historical context is when Maria gets sold in an auction and Rachel and Mr Moore save her. Overall I would rate it a 3 out of 5 stars :)

Jun 14,2016

I personally would not reccomend this book,

This book is great for school purposes but other than that it just gets more and more continuous and boring.The plot is great but it is used incorrectly and in a boring and dull manner. This book could be great but Jackie French did not use her whole potential in this novel, Jackie French books are usually great especially for school purposes but in this book she failed miserably.






Jun 02,2016
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I love the book nanberry. It is an exciting and interesting book. My favourite bit in the book is when surgeon white adopts Nanberry. I also like how it explains what it was like in the olden days.  

Nov 29,2015

Although I read this book for school purposes, I do not regret it. All historical novels provide infromation and I love historical informational gathering.

May 14,2012
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Not many people liked this book. however I loved it. I was fascinated by the themes and historical information. It was a wonderful story.

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