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Girl Underground

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  841 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Trying to fit in at a posh new school is really hard when your loving and lovable family also happen to be criminals. Bridget is succeeding pretty well and has even made a friend, Menzies, the son of the federal Minister for National Development. Then she finds out about Menzies' penfriend, Jamal, a refugee kid from Afghanistan held in a detention centre. When daring appea ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 7th 2004 by Penguin Australia
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Oct 31, 2012 Nandar rated it it was amazing
If I wasn't forced by my "hateful" English teacher to read a book in the library. I would have never read this book. I loved it! I seriously fell in love with the character. And it makes me think of what I can do to those people. They shouldn't be locked up like animals! Aussie classic!
Nov 15, 2015 SargeBarge rated it did not like it
This book was a pile of poo. It was shallow, Inconsistent and repetitive. Honestly i dont think we have to hear about what country every single inanimate object is from. The characters are unrealistic and boring. It teaches kids that there is only one side to every argument that is right. In the book the adults are always the "Bad Guys" and seem like a typical villain. They make it seem like the government is bad and must be the villain. The kids also pull of impossible feats such as sneaking in ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Jess rated it did not like it
I had to read this book for school and found it really boring and dull but that was just me. It was interesting about the assylem seekers though.
May 14, 2010 Rosieglow60 rated it it was amazing
i loved it
it was sad
and really interesting
and it reminds you how lucky we are
Nov 10, 2015 Reading-Girl2 rated it it was amazing
Introduces more to 'boy overboard' and shows what one person can do if they feel passionate enough.
Feb 03, 2015 Gabby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
This book is really good. It is about a girl called Bridget and a boy called Menzies on their mission to free 2 refugee kids from a refugee detention center. I really like how Bridget and Menzies don't give up on their mission even though they wen through much trouble on their journey.
Nov 06, 2011 Sally rated it liked it
Sweet story of a young girl who tries to do the right thing. With a friend she makes at her new school, she tries to help refugees who are kept in a prison-like environment and the story is how she tries to help them without getting her family in trouble.
Jun 03, 2012 Nikita rated it liked it
This book was an ok book, it was exciting, but it was quite boring sometimes!
Aug 03, 2011 Kayla.M.F rated it it was amazing
Morris Gleitzman-Pure Genius
Nov 26, 2012 WakenPayne rated it did not like it
This book to me is to books what Michael Moore's movies are to documentaries. It feels like we are forced to think "oh those poor kids in those detention centers. We must help them." I read this in grade 8 and the bait Morris Gleitzman seems to throw out seemed to have worked on every kid in my class. There is a reason why The Australian Government won't let in people from Afghanistan (or any place like that), whereas this book says that there really is no reason why people are locked up in dete ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Sylvia rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Kurang gregetnya dibanding Boy Overboard. Mungkin saya yang lagi gak mood, atau memang ceritanya gak asik, tapi setelah beberapa chapter kok ya bosan ya?

Anyway, ini tentang seorang anak yang orang tuanya kriminal. Mereka menjual barang-barang black market lah gitu. Trus Bridget, si anak, di sekolahin di sebuah asrama dan bertemu dengan anak mentri, Menzies. Mereka pun berteman. Menzies ini terobsesi dengan detention center yg ada di Australia, yaitu tempat para pengungsi dilokalisasi. Menzies k
Sarah Randall
Dec 23, 2015 Sarah Randall rated it liked it
A companion novel/ sequel to 'Boy Overboard', 'Girl Underground' tells the story of Bridget, who is sent to boarding school by her parents to protect her from their 'life of crime' and instead becomes swept up in the attempt to free two children in a detention centre. Once again Gleitzman has perfectly captured the perspective of a child, adding humour to simultaneously free yet remind the reader of the seriousness of the situation.
Nov 15, 2015 Kjbkjv rated it did not like it
Was an absolute peice of shit for me to read at school i didnt even get to finish it. most of the senarios where so unrealistic like sneaking into parliments house and shit
Jul 28, 2015 Lizzy added it
I had a book review assignment and this is the book I did it on.
I got top marks. xD
Apr 29, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt irritated by the author's obvious ulterior motive, ie to 'educate' kids about the issue of assylum seekers in australia. And in any case I thought he presented the issue in a very biased and one-sided way. I don't profess to know much about the issue or have an opinion on it either way but the whole way through I kept thinking "I want to hear the other side of the story." The kids were made out to be the goodies and the adults were The Baddies, so whenever the kids asked the adults questi ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Herapia rated it it was amazing
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My sister was reading this book and I just flicked through to see what it was about. From the cover it doesn't look much but I loved this book! I never thought it would be any good but i totally loved it. Its such a strange but amazing book and tells life from a really different perspective. After reading his novel I searched for more. He is an a great author who could give anyone a new outlook on life. His ability to create characters who blow you away is something special. Read
Feb 07, 2014 Jacinta rated it it was amazing
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Mar 23, 2014 Georgia.gilroy rated it it was amazing
this book is great
Jaime R
May 18, 2016 Jaime R is currently reading it
I am not even half way, and already many exciting and interesting things have occurred. I really like the story line and where the book has taken me. I love to be able to visualize the situations and descriptions during the chapters and there are times where I don't want to stop turning the pages. I can't wait to read more!
Oct 17, 2012 Melanie rated it it was ok
*takes a deep breath* WHAT THE HELL??!! msDGajrhkhjbjhjdjhngb I am sooo disappointed in this book! Like Boy Overboard was ledgendary, and now you give me this??? I can't even explain how depressed and ugggg... i cant even get to the point. If you loved Boy Overboard, in my opinion, your going to get real damn shocked at this.
Jul 28, 2013 Tanja rated it liked it
Companion book to Boy Overboard, with Bibi and Jamal now being in an Australian detention center. The main focus is on the friends on the outside who are desperately trying to get them out. Interesting topic but I got a bit tired of reading about Bulgarian game boys, Armenian toasters etc.
Lauren E. Mitchell
Jul 20, 2016 Lauren E. Mitchell rated it liked it
This book was a good read. I think there are a few politicians who need to be checking out the YA section of their local bookshop for this.
Sep 26, 2012 Juliana rated it really liked it
This is a sequel to the book Boy Underground. these books were OK. I enjoyed girl underground a little bit better than Boy Overbord.
Rachel McCarthy
Sep 14, 2016 Rachel McCarthy rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
No, just no. I was confused the whole way through. Whatever you think, this book does NOT live up to its predecessor.
Apr 11, 2013 Jess added it
Great story line. The book talks about detention centres, crime and just plain mischief. Love this book!!
May 04, 2013 Twixxy rated it liked it
Crap. We sorta don't need more people to populate our country and take our money
Apr 23, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it
Not as good as boy overboard, but still amazing. Read!!
Karen Marababol
May 06, 2013 Karen Marababol rated it it was ok
This book was ok but I would like it to be a bit better
Jul 22, 2009 Emma rated it liked it
i didnt realy like this book, it was a tad boring
Mar 15, 2011 Tahlia rated it liked it
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Morris began his writing career as a screenwriter, and wrote his first children's novel in 1985. His brilliantly comic style has endeared him to children and adults alike, and he is now one of Australia's most successful authors, both internationally and at home. He was born in England in 1953 and emigrated to Australia in 1969 so he could escape from school and become a Very Famous Writer.

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