Sister Heart by Sally Morgan
About the author
Sally Morgan was born in Perth, in 1951. She has published books for both adults and children, including her acclaimed autobiography, My Place. She has also established a national reputation as an artist and has works in many private and public collections.
About the book
A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships. Poignantly told from the child's perspective, Sister Heart affirms the power of family and kinship.
Sister Heart is a story about children of the Stolen Generation quietly told in verse. This is a powerful, deeply personal story that will stay in the minds and hearts of readers for a long, long time. As a young child Annie is taken from her family in North West of Western Australia, perhaps to Moore River, though the specific place is never stated. Here she endures all of the cold and cutting kindness of state care. Annie befriends Janey, a girl from the south, and her younger brother Tim. Together the children share the hardships and do their best to care for each other. Sally Morgan tells their stories with terse lines eerily catching the cadence of each child's voice.
Sister Heart is a story of friendship, tragedy and remembering. And in that remembering, sorrow is redeemed and hope delivered. The historic scar of the Stolen Generation gave us a great book in Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence. It has given us one more in Sister Heart.