REVIEW: Girl Underground

23 Dec

Girl Underground is the sequel to Morris Gleitzman’s novel Boy Overboard.  The novel explores the experiences of Bridget, a girl from a ‘criminal’ family who has recently started at a prestigious boarding school.  While at the school, Bridget befriends Menzies, the son of a government minister and a strong opponent of immigration detention policies.  Together, they hatch a plan to free Jamal and Bibi (the protagonists of Boy Overboard) from immigration detention.

This novel would be a great inclusion in a unit about identity, allowing students to explore how circumstances and experiences shape the way individuals self-represent and the ways others perceive them.

It would also be an interesting inclusion in a unit exploring community issues and advocacy.




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