Child Convicts

By BRENNAN, Net

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ISBN
9780763673260
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on January 1, 2016  |  Middle to High School

Gr 5–8—In this well-researched volume, Brennan sheds light on the 18th-century British practice of sending child convicts to Australia. She describes how in the spring of 1787, 11 ships, known as the First Fleet, left England for Australia with 759 prisoners on board. Though many were sentenced to seven years, these sentences actually turned out to be for life. Children as young as seven were treated as adults in British courts. The youngest convict on board was John Hudson, aged 13, who was sentenced when he was nine years old for burglary. Other...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

While mentioning individual child convicts, this book works best as a survey of Australia's beginnings as a penal colony for Great ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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