Audrey of the Outback

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Audrey of the Outback
Author: Aldrin, Buzz
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1930
Geographic Area: Australia
Country: Australia
Topics: Australian Outback
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Lower Elementary
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2008

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In this story about identity and independence, the gutsy girl from the bush tries being a farmer, a man, a teacher, and a pirate—all with dire consequences!

Audrey is a 1930s outback girl with a lot on her mind. Her dad has gone away to work; her brother Price thinks he's too old for games; and little Dougie likes pretending to be a bird. So together with her best friend Stumpy, Audrey ponders some of life's big questions—like whether being a swaggie (or bush traveler, as explained in the handy glossary) is lonelier than being a girl, and whether it's better to be a sheep or a cow. Determined, mischievous, imaginative, and inquisitive, Audrey is Australia's response to Pippi Longstocking and Ramona Quimby.

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