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Little Gods by Jenny  Ackland
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Olive was an only child, twelve years old, who didn’t get on with the other children at school – even the teachers for that matter. Her only friend was Peter; they would ride their bikes to the local pool to swim after school. Olive was keen to learn and listened to the adults wherever and whenever she could. And some of the things she overheard were things she shouldn’t have learned. The whisper of a sister would start Olive on a quest to find answers to which no one would respond…

The family’s frequent visits to the farm where Olive’s two aunts and an uncle lived brought her in contact with her cousins. And as with all children in the Australian bush, Olive and her cousins enjoyed swimming in the dam, exploring and generally getting up to mischief – while Olive kept her ears open as she grew toward teenager-hood. Her constant companion was Grace, the bird Olive had rescued as a chick.

Would Olive’s search for the truth free the turmoil of her mind? Or would it hurt much more than she could stand?

Set in the Mallee scrub of country Victoria, Little Gods by Aussie author Jenny Ackland is told through the eyes of Olive, a complex, outwardly-tough young girl, determined to find answers. The complication of Olive’s family, with Thistle, who was an entirely unconventional woman; Rue, continually worried about what others thought; and secrets past to muddy the waters – she was a confused girl fighting an uphill battle. A poignant and intriguing novel, Little Gods is worth the read. Recommended.

With thanks to Allen & Unwin AU for my uncorrected proof to read and review.
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Reading Progress

March 11, 2018 – Shelved
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-release
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: sent-by-publisher
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewing-by-request
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: coming-of-age
March 11, 2018 – Shelved as: uncorrected-proof
April 4, 2018 – Started Reading
April 4, 2018 – Shelved as: 5000-books
April 4, 2018 – Shelved as: own-read
April 5, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Great review.


message 2: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Great review Brenda


Brenda Thanks Bianca and Wendy!


message 4: by Ace (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ace Nice review Brenda.


message 5: by Hillary (new) - added it

Hillary great review i am going to have to add this book to read section.


Brenda Thanks Ace and Hillary :)


message 7: by Carolyn (last edited Apr 07, 2018 11:12PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Carolyn Excellent review Brenda - I think I'm going to have to read this too!


Brenda Thanks Carolyn 😊 I think you would like it.


message 9: by Nat (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nat great review Brenda.. makes me excited to read this one next in my Tbr even more so 😊


Brenda Thanks Nat 😊 I hope you enjoy it too.


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