Synopsis: ‘Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy for Herschelle. The food is strange, it's so different to South Africa and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang he's learnt on the web.
But it's the similarities that make things really hard. Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past before Australia can feel like home . . .’
We are used to reading stories about immigrants and refugees from Asian countries. This though is a story about a family migrating to Australia from South Africa. Surprisingly, this family experiences racism. Not the normal family we are used to associating racism with. I think this story could be an eye opener for some readers to realise racism comes in many guises.
A well told story, with humour and poignancy. Nick Earls use of Australian colloquialisms and idioms helps emphasise the difference between countries and cultures, especially when the ‘new’ Australian family get it wrong. It helps emphasise how very hard it would be for anyone moving to a new country.
This novel is an easy read and a very enjoyable one with a strong message.
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