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I struggled with this one specifically with the inclusion of the aboriginal girl. I think this book tells an important story about the penal colonies in Australia and the treatment of the women/children within them– but I felt like the author was stretching to include the treatment of Native children in a way that just didn’t fit. I feel like that topic could deserve a whole story of its own and this one felt way too disjointed as a result.