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In Australia in the 1970's fourteen year-old Ellen Russell is living with her boyfriend. The State places her in a training school for girls. She has to deal with strict rules and gets no sympathy from the staff even though she is pregnant.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Virago Press (UK)
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Feb 18, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
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This book was set in Australia during the 70s. I really enjoyed the book, but I probably would have loved it more if I could read it in an Australian accent.

It's about a girl who gets sent away to a prison of sorts for young girls. She gets sent away because she ran away from home. From the start, it seems like the whole world is against her, and it pretty much keeps on with that theme.

Basically this girl was your average teenage girl. I guess in
Sep 03, 2012 Lester rated it really liked it
This book was FANTASTIC! I started it and then read until just after 3 in the I could finish it. I read some of the reviews AFTER I read this book..and one was quite disturbing in that the commenter recommended this book for teens--to scare them away from getting pregnant!! So very very backwards!! What happens to Ellen in the book is still going on in our world..there are many many places where girls/females are considered to be dirty and inferior to 'anything else'..religion and it ...more
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Jul 22, 2014 Rebecca Thompson rated it really liked it
An intriguing tale that has left me pondering the "what ifs?" in life. How might the decisions we make to day impact our next 30 years?
Found this sad, and frustrating with the adult and teenage main character. all in all not enjoyable and not memorable.
Jun 17, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Knowledge is power, but ignorance is anything but bliss.
A powerful story about the pain and suffering caused by willful and enforced ignorance.
Aug 06, 2015 Catherine rated it did not like it
One of the most badly written books I've read in recent years. Wish i hadn't bothered to finish it actually...
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