Book Description

From School Library Journal Grade 1-4-Simply and objectively, Greenwood tells the tale of a legendary character from Australia's past as a convict colony. In 1848, Joseph Bolitho Johns, an unemployed Welsh miner, is convicted of stealing food and sent to Australia to work off his time as a laborer. Released for good behavior, he sets up residence in a cave in the Moondyne Hills. But soon 'Moondyne Joe,' as he becomes known, is back in jail. Determined to have his freedom, he escapes, beginning a long cycle of arrests and prison escapes. At the heart of this story is the human spirit: an innate, overwhelming desire for freedom, and the amazing lengths one man goes to in order to return to his adventuresome life as a bushranger. In primitive folk-art style, Lessac's gouache paintings provide a compatible visual accounting of events. The artist's thorough attention to historical detail is evident by her depictions of such things as proper uniforms for the folk hero's various prison activities. An appealing leisure read and a useful title for social-studies reports and assignments.Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, CanadaCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more