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The Hunt for Ned Kelly

(My Australian Story)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  12 reviews
North-east Victoria, 1879. Jamie Ross and his older sister Ellen are alone in the world after the death of their father. Determined to make their fortune, they head to Beechworth - and straight into the midst of the search for Ned Kelly, the most notorious bushranger of all time. Jamie is fascinated by Ned. Is he a hero wronged by the police, as some people say, or a cold- ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published February 2010 by Scholastic Australia
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Hazel Edwards
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Review: The Hunt for Ned Kelly

by Sophie Masson, published by Scholastic in the ‘My Australian Story’ Series

ISBN 978 1 74169 564 9

reviewed by Hazel Edwards

I’ll declare my bias. Sophie Masson is an Australian writer whose international view I admire, since she manages to operate enthusiastically in several cultures and languages simultaneously. And currently I’m especially interested in the ways history can be presented in an enticing fashion for junior readers.

Ned Kelly was an apt figure about
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers, parents and teachers
A creditable representation of the realistic and mythic aspects of the story of the Kelly gang in rural Victoria in the late 1870’s. I was reminded of reading about this story in secondary school to have a class debate as if conducting Ned’s trial. The same tensions came out in the classroom as in the community of that time. But having attended school with many from a migrant background, I was the only student who seemed at all concerned about justice and what the true story may have been. All t ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it is an exciting and thrilling adventure, but also because it tells some history about a extremely famous Australian villain and hero. This guy was famous for being the best bush-ranger in Australia.
The history that is told about in this book is a few interesting events in the life of Edward (Ned) Kelly. Most of these events connect to the adventure of the main characters who are fictional, although their life is fictional it is very interesting and sound reasonably r
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I like the even handedness of Masson’s story and the way she has weaved a photo and news articles into the story to give it authenticity. Her characters of Jamie and Ellen are plausible and their experiences at Beechworth and unwittingly with the Kelly gang quite believable. It is easy to read and is in diary form, with the narrator being 13 year old Jamie but this also adds to its value. Similarly many of the descriptions of the time and the people are rich and vivid. I look forward to Ned Kell ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-readers
I enjoyed this book without being excited. I enjoyed telling of the Ned Kelly story without focusing on Ned and the gang sirectly. The development on the two main characters was limited without impacting on the appeal on the story. The balance provided by looking at individuals on either side of the hunt was good to see. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Sep 06, 2015 added it
i need help to read it i am only ten and in yesr 5 my teacher gave us this book to read and it has to be dinished today and i am only up to page131 i hate this book destroy it please thankyou for nothing
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Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book. Made me feel sentimental.
Oscar Bourke
Very good book. I enjoyed it very much
Anton Mifsud
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
A journey of 2 kids trying to hunt down Ned Kelly. Searching the streets, papers and asking people to try to track down Ned Kelly. As the book went on, the more I got bored, a decent read anyway.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a really interesting book! Ned Kelly was a pretty complex guy!
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Born in Indonesia of French parents, Sophie Masson was sent to live with her paternal grandmother in Toulouse, France, when she was just a baby and lived there till she was nearly five, when her parents came back from Indonesia and took her to Australia. All the rest of her childhood, the family stayed in Australia, with frequent trips back to France, and this dual heritage underpins a good deal o ...more

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