Inheritance by Carole Wilkinson – Our Review
Nic has been sent to live with her grandfather whilst her father goes to work on a cruise ship. Her grandfather’s remote property and huge thirty room house in the Western District of regional Victoria is a lonely place for Nic to live. The townsfolk seem to keep their distance and they seem to know more of Nic’s past than she does. She feels abandoned by her father, she must start Year 8 at a new school, there is no mobile reception, no internet, no working TV, no friends and she has only 3 dogs to keep her company. But then, whilst exploring the many rooms in her grandfather’s house to learn more about her mother, who died the day Nic was born, she discovers a locked room.
What then follows is an exciting and enlightening discovery of a secret where she has the unique ability to time travel back into the past. It is then that she discovers the shocking truth of her ancestors’ past and their participation in a massacre of local aboriginal people in 1839.
Inheritance is a gripping, confronting and beautifully written story based on true events. I believe is an essential and important read, especially for readers between the ages of 10 and 14. It carefully addresses many issues that young readers may or may not have had the opportunity to address and explore – the atrocities that occurred to Australia’s Indigenous population when white settlers came.
Review by Jenny @ Great Escape Books