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Thursday's Child

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  654 ratings  ·  91 reviews
The creature held a great bundle of something tied up in a rag. For a moment we stared, not recognizing him, but who else could it have been, who else but wandering Tin. We saw his naked limbs, his discoloured hair, his hooking razor-sharp nails. He raised lashy eyes to us and we saw a face on its way to another world. Through the long years of the Great Depression, Harper...more
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Published March 2004 by Bolinda Audio (first published 2000)
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Nina Pace
This is another book that leaves a lasting impression. Hartnett's style and simplicity of writing directs all focus to the troubled Tin and his family, who live in a state of poverty and struggle. Despite its setting in outback Australia, Hartnett's book feels timeless. It is a dark and dreamy tale of a secreted and almost mythological family life. Its a beautiful but slightly chilling tale that leaves you feeling edgy and moved.
It takes Harper and her family a while to realize that Tin is not meant from this above-ground world. It's Harper that finally figures it out, since Tin's her younger brother and all, and since she's charged with watching him. Living during the Great Depression, their barren farm and shack of a house are little comfort to Harper as she and Tin grow older and further apart.

Thursday's Child is a growing up story. A Depression story. A broken-family story. A story of a boy who's happier underground...more
this book is W.I.E.R.D. The idea of a ferral child is just down right sad to me. Im 50 pages into the book as a preview for goose and Im thinking that I won't continue. Im wondering why others on goodreads rated it so high? I thought it would be an interesting read about a family in the depression but instead,they let one of their many children live UNDER THE DARN HOUSE (!) and never come out to see the light of day because he likes it there. The author said that she got the idea for the book af...more
Young adult and children's authors seem to convey emotion and situations so much better than adult fiction

Don't ask me how, but it's believable that the family got so caught up in other things that they let Tin go wild and dig all over the place.

That's the premise that made me pick up the book. The story, as seen through Harper's eyes, isn't happy, but it's not horribly sad either. It's just how people survive bad times and bad choices.

It's worth reading for the writing if that makes sense. I...more
Because I liked this author's book "The Ghost's Child", I went right out & got this book from the library, to try another of hers.
They were actually very different kind of books. But I thought both were very well written. I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
With "The Ghost's Child", I felt it was an eloquently written 'fairy tale', as well as an autobiography of the main character. I compared the story most to things I've read of Neil Gaiman's.
With "Thursday's Child", in the beginning I felt th...more
Harry Davies
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Charmaine Clancy
Hartnett paints vivid images with words. Her language is simple and accessible, yet deceptively beautiful, despite the sometimes bleak subject. Thursday's Child is expressive, alluring and bittersweet and delivers the magic Hartnett fans come to expect.

This novel portrays family and all the obligations, resentments and surprises contained within. The setting is rural Australia during the Depression and show the struggle of one family, the highs, lows, in their extremes and through the mild chang...more
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Steven Brandt
First of all, where on Earth does this novel take place? Thursday’s Child is set during the Great Depression and so, being an egocentric American, I naturally assumed it was in the American Great Depression. But then I was confused because the characters all had Irish or Scottish accents. I read what someone else wrote about Thursday’s Child and they said that it takes place in Australia based on some subtle clues in the text like local flora and place-names. That makes sense since Sonya Hartn...more
Kylie Purdie
Sonya Hartnett does not write cheery, happy books. No, instead she complex, dark, thoughtful stories that leaves her reader shocked and bleeding - I love it! Her real strength is in her characters, so simply drawn but with such depth you feel you would know them the moment you saw them.
She frequently uses the Australian landscape to punctuate the desolation felt in her stories - the stark, dry landscape, the tough, suspicious people it breeds. If I close my eyes, I can see the Flute family stand...more
Sep 06, 2009 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stacey
Recommended to Beth by: Danica
This book has a weird, weird storyline due to some weird, weird characters (with weird names: Harper, Tin, Vandery, Caffy, etc.). It was certainly not the cheeriest read (I mean, really -- it's a coming-of-age story during the Depression; what should one expect?). The ending is satisfying but not exactly happy.

And yet, I really liked this book. The writing was absolutely phenomenal. Rich without being verbose, the author created the whole feel of the novel just through those well-crafted sentenc...more
Las preocupaciones que asechan a la familia Flute son completamente profundas, las trae el viento, un viento vivo que tiene tantos humores como cualquier persona. De alegres a tristes y trágicos. Túneles es la historia de esta familia, o al menos parte de ella. La mala, puede decirse.
La casi numerosa y sin dinero familia Flute que vive de conejos. Los vende, los come, y aunque esté harta de ello, sabe que lo primero es vivir.
La voz de Harper, nuestra joven protagonista, pinta las cosas como su v...more
Thursday's Child Mini Review

The genre of the fictional novel Thursday's Child is Classical first person narrative told in the eyes of a young girl called Harper in the depression period in the Australian Outback.

It basically covers a family's struggle through poverty, trouble and difficult relationships and inter workings between different people having both good and bad times and both suffering and prosperity.

The book was a good read (heh heh) as it brings insight into what the mood of that pe...more
My least favourite Sonya Hartnett book so far. If you asked me now to describe the plot of this book my answer would be that there's this family in I don't know which country, presumably australia but featuring many Irish accents, that lots of bad stuff happens to. There was no real plot. Just one bad thing after another happened, and though some of these things were quite big, there wasn't a lot of emphasis put on any of them. I did however enjoy, as I always do, her use of language. It's beaut...more
Tian-jian Liu
Thursday's Child is a novel that defines the biased view of a child, Harper Flute, as she narrates the events that revolve around her family during he Great Depression. Since she is around ten in the novel, reaching twelve at the end, she is able to narrate and describe the transitioning from one world to another, from the world of infinite time and fun (child) to the more serious world of finance and more developed knowledge of the relations around them (adolescent to adult).
I read this book about 4 or 5 years and I still can strongly recollect events of the story. I remember the book leaving me confused and somewhat bewildered and I loved soaking up every word written. I hadn't sought out to read a book when I came across this in my cousins collection and I honestly could not put it down. I strongly would recommend anyone to read this book. It's one of those strange stories yet it's element of rawness really captures your attention...
Philip Goddard
Recommended by my Creative Writing Tutor, I was completely enchanted with the story of this family making their way through difficult and troubling times. It is beautifully observed, The forgiveness and understanding of how things are in a family where faults are always most apparent to the other members is masterful.

The strangeness of one of the members of the family within the story is wonderfully interwoven with the day to day living; so effectively that you accept it as part of the family....more
"Thursday's Child" by Sonya Hartnett, encompasses the experiences of a young girl, named Harper, and the struggles she had experienced. It is set in post-war, during a hard time for all soldiers. Overall, this book has many aspects which readers will love, and some which readers will hate. I personally found that the book was extremely depressing, in that every time something positive happened during Harper's life, it would be countered with something negative occuring.
An example of this, is jus...more
Harrison Long
'Thursday's Child' is a mysterious story about the life of the Flute family as they try to blend in with the countryside even though they don't know how to farm, sadly. This book explores the struggles that this family undergoes in order to survive and the sacrifices that some of them have to make in order to support the family. It is also a story about the mysterious Tin, a mute boy who spends his days underground in order to dig his tunnels. This story is happy at times but also contains more...more
What would you do if things couldn’t get any worse? Set during the Great Depression in rural Australia, a family deals with loss after loss: the death of a child, the collapse of their home, the loss of themselves to something dark and craven. Harper, the third child of five and the second daughter, tells of growing up and struggling to survive. She tells of family relationships and how loss can change everything and especially everyone. Her younger brother, Tin, is more comfortable burrowing in...more
David N
This Australian book was very character focused, but still had a gripping story. I enjoyed it, but I'm not a very big fan of non-action
Strange - a bit like an alternative reality Little House. Young Harper (instead of Laura) lives with Mam and Da in a shack, in the midst of the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression. Her younger brother, Tin, roams the ground beneath their shack, digging and rarely coming up into the sun. They all accept the death of new children with little complaint - not enough time to miss them. Tin appears now and then, altering Harper's life a bit each time...and the story ends with, well an ending that Harper...more
couldnt stop reading it... but probably wont be re-reading it (at least not for some time!) the writing style and storyline were captivating, but it was a bit too dark and dreary for my tastes! The author was able to convey the atmosphere and hopelessness of the time (Post-WW1 and the Great Depression) very well, and the characters were very interesting and likable too. Warning though: it seems as if tragedy after tragedy strikes this family, and it's all a bit melancholy. All in all, a good rea...more
Pamela Beason
This book is very well written, and an interesting tale of the very hardscrabble life of a young girl growing up in poverty in the country. There is a somewhat weird aspect to her story in that she has a brother who lives underground in tunnels. I would have liked more of a sense of place and time for this book; I believe the setting is rural Australia but I was never quite sure; the time is definitely during years of depression but never specified, either. Still, wondering what tragedy would be...more
Natalie Baker
When I first began reading this book, I found it to be incredibly strange. It does not seem plausible that a family would allow their child to dig tunnels under their house, let alone live in those tunnels. As I kept reading though I realized that Sonya Hartnett is not merely telling a story of a family during the Great Depression in Australia. Instead, she has done an incredibly amazing job of telling the story of Harper and exploring Harper's psyche through her portrayal of Tin. Sonya Hartnett...more
Dong Byun
This book was a mildly interesting book which i was forced to read. Wouldn't read again, but it was ok
Thursdays Child, by Sonya Hartnett, is beautifully written in my opinion. At the start of reading this novel, I was confused to the fact the Flutes would allow Tin to dig tunnels under their home. After reading through this book, I have realised how much depth there is to this story. The Flute's hardships and struggles in the depression era make this story very sad. I felt terrible for them, as they had several misfortunes along the way. Overall, some parts were unusual, some parts were achingly...more
Was unrealistic that the brother could survive that way.
Virginia Walter
Blending gritty realism and allegorical surrealism, Hartnett sets her story in Depression-era rural Australia. Harper, the young narrator, relates her family's struggles and her little brother Tin's preoccupation with digging tunnels. Eventually the boy spends all of his time in an underground labyrinth he has constructed, making occasional ghostly appearances when his peculiar expertise and skills are needed. Reviewers have compared this with David Almond's novels and with Louis Sachar's HOLES....more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
(I don’t think there is any way I can explain this amazing story. I will try, but I will fail.)

Harper Flute and her family struggle during Depression times in rural Australia. Her little brother Tin takes to tunneling as life for the family gets more and more desperate. As Tin spends more and more of his time tunneling, the family begins to let Tim go.

How would you classify this story? Historical fiction? Maybe. Science fiction? Maybe a little of that, too.

In any case, it’s truly a story like no...more
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