Teresa and her family survived the bombing of their home and went hungry during the long siege of their island during the war. Life in peace time is still hard.
Her parents want a better life, and so apply to migrate to Australia to find it. But after the long voyage to Sydney, there are more testing times ahead for Teresa as she tries to learn Australian ways, avoid the bullies and do well at school.
She is not about to let anything stop her from making her family and her Nanna back in Malta proud of her.
Set firstly in Malta during WWII and then in Sydney, we follow the journey of young Teresa.
Her family have endured and survived the Germans bombing their beautiful homeland of Malta, but it has come at a cost. Their house has been destroyed and their future is bleak.
Teresa’s parents decide to take up the opportunity given to them and move to Australia, however Teresa doesn’t share in their excitement about the prospect of a new life. She is devastated that her beloved Nanna has chosen to stay in Malta and her best friend George and his family have not been accepted by Australia. How will she cope on this journey with-out them?
Teresa is a courageous young girl with a big heart who you will grow to love. Her ability to reach out to others in need, along with the love that she has for her family and friends are qualities that we can all admire.
This book gives young readers a wonderful insight into the difficult times and discrimination that new immigrants endured and how through the power of determination, hard work and compassion you can achieve your dreams.
This book is best suited for middle to upper primary students.
Reviewed by Sam