Growing up in Victorian England, 14-year-old Kit Lovell has not had an easy childhood. She never knew her father - a sea captain who went down with his ship, the Invincible, before she was born. And now her strict and protective mother, having relied on the charity of her sister, has made the radical decision to sail with Katherine to the new colony of Australia on the strength of an arranged marriage to a lighthouse keeper on the lonely and isolated Kangaroo Island. But the journey to that faraway land - with its melting pot of passengers and crew, and the terrible events that take place - will shape their lives forever. A powerful and beautifully wrought work of historic fiction with fascinating characters and dramatic action that propels us through this fascinating coming-of-age journey.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 132 x 199 x 18mm | 228g
- 30 Aug 2010
- Penguin Books Australia
- Hawthorn, Australia
Nicole Pluss was born in Sydney where she practised as a lawyer for several years before deciding to write full time. She has lived in Perth and Adelaide but now lives in Sydney with her husband Horden and their daughters, Ellen and Emma. Scout is her fifth novel for young readers. It was inspired by the true journals and letters of adventurous young people who chose to sail the Great Southern Ocean in the 1800's in search of a new life in Australia.
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Kit Lovell is 15 when she sails with her mother from England as part of the wave of 19th-century immigration to Australia. Kit and her mother are in a situation similar to that of the characters in the film 'The Piano': the widowed Mrs Lovell has contracted by letter to marry a lighthouse-keeper on a remote South Australian shore. Onboard the Scout, Kit encounters an assortment of characters whose attitudes and behaviour impress themselves deeply on her mind as she wrestles with the process of her own adolescence, something she barely understands. The novel is being marketed for young adult readers but there's plenty here to engage adult readers. There are a few anachronisms but, on the whole, Pluss does a remarkable job of evoking the period in a convincing and accessible way without producing a pastiche of its narrative style.show moreby Feliss