Walking The Boundaries

Walking The Boundaries Martin lives in the city with his mum He s come to walk the boundaries of the farm that s been in his family for generations It sounds easy especially as he ll own the land when he gets back Martin s

  • Title: Walking The Boundaries
  • Author: Jackie French Bronwyn Bancroft
  • ISBN: 9780207200434
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • Martin lives in the city with his mum He s come to walk the boundaries of the farm that s been in his family for generations It sounds easy, especially as he ll own the land when he gets back Martin s great grandfather, Ted, doesn t even want him to walk around the farm s fences, just up the gorge and along the hills.But up in the gorge Martin meets Meg from almost a ceMartin lives in the city with his mum He s come to walk the boundaries of the farm that s been in his family for generations It sounds easy, especially as he ll own the land when he gets back Martin s great grandfather, Ted, doesn t even want him to walk around the farm s fences, just up the gorge and along the hills.But up in the gorge Martin meets Meg from almost a century ago and Wullamudulla from thousands of years in the past Despite their differences they discover that they re all on the same journey and that walking the boundaries means than following lines on a map.

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    1. A Wonderful blend of humanity and innocence. French takes land ownership, a hotly contested issue between settlers and native people and puts a face on each successive caretaker of the land and even back beyond land. I bought it in Australia nad I really learned much about many of the issues in Australia today, and in the past. I would love as a teacher to teach not only humanity with this book, but also about the responsibility we as a civilization have to the planet. A wonderful read all aroun [...]

    2. Jackie French is my favourite author and I love how she incorporates Australian history into her novels. Walking the Boundaries is about a young boy named Martin who was put to the challenge to walk the boundaries of his great-grandfather's land. If he successfully walks the boundaries, his great-grandfather would give him the land, and Martin plans to sell it. While walking the boundaries, Martin meets Meg from 70 years ago, Wullamudulla from thousands of years ago, and Dracula, a cheeky diprot [...]

    3. A nice story about Australian history and connection to the land. A little shorter than what I usually read but a nice sweet quick read

    4. I rated this 4 stars based on its intended audience - older children. I would have rate it lower but see how well it would suit its audience.

    5. Enjoyed the book, but it got a little bit unbelievable near the end, then I remembered it was a children's book after all!

    6. A nice children's book, bringing together (magically) characters from modern day, settlement, and pre-settlement times in Australia, all walking the same land together. Sometimes seemed a little heavy handed on introducing cultural elements, but still was a nice sense of indigenousness dreamtime and their relationship to the land and to their ancestors (both human and otherwise). It had a nice story as well. I plan on giving it as a gift to nieces/nephews in the US.

    7. Walking the Boundaries is a different and complicated book. I didn't really enjoy as much as I would have liked to. It was only until the end that I fully understood what was going on in the book. Otherwise the book isn't one of my favourites but I love how it is set in Australia and shows how different Australia is and how beautiful it really is.

    8. A story of the connection between people and the land told via a seemingly innocent walk around the boundaries of a farmstead. It also tells of shared humanity that transcends time and culture.It is not one of her best works but there are lessons to be learnt and a great "time travel" story for the kids.

    9. I remember having this book read to me in primary school - and at the time it captivated me. It's definitely been a while since then, but sometimes I still think about the main characters and the mysterious circumstances of their story.This would be great to read to your children in a classroom or before bedtime.

    10. Pretty sure it has the line about pizza and 'how do you hunt it' and 'it would take too long to explain' twice in the novel. One instance is on page 142 in my version, and one is a lot earlier - caught my attention especially as I don't think it would take too long to explain at all :\ Meg knows what bread is, and meat and you just go on from there.

    11. Walking the boundaries really connected to me. I loved the book and the way it was written, it was a bit confusing at times but also very smart. I love Jackie French's novels and recommend her books to those in High School.

    12. Liked this book a lot once it got going. Loved the way that jackie brings together the three characters from modern day, settlement, and pre settlement. It makes this book distinctive and interesting.

    13. An intriguing story about children learning about who they are, what they believe and developing a bond with the land. The same area of land is viewed from the perspectives of a modern boy, and girl in the 1920s and an aboriginal boy from pre colonisation times.

    14. A beautiful piece of adolescent fiction which moves effortlessly through time and culture in order to discover meaning.

    15. quite a complicated background for a childrens book. questions how we should look at life and treat our planet

    16. This is a nice enough story with valuable themes to do with stewardship told through the lens of reflection on the indigenous sense of dreamtime and connection to the land.

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