Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow

Book - 1982
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:
A lonely Australian girl from a divided family is transported back to the 1880's and an immigrant family from the Orkney Islands.
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Eng. : Penguin Books, 1982, c1980.
ISBN: 9780140314601
0140314601
Branch Call Number: YA PAR
Characteristics: 196 pages ;,19 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

s
Sarah1984
May 06, 2016

10/12 - I loved this book as a 10-year-old and one small detail has stuck with me over the nearly 20 years since I last read it, and that was the significance of the crocheted yoke. I couldn't remember any other part of the story except that the yoke sent Abigail back in time. Often when I re-read a book I loved as a child and haven't read since they don't quite live up to my memories, but Playing Beatie Bow definitely did. I empathised with Abigail's feelings over the possibility of her separated parents getting back together after 4 years and understood her anger. Abigail's adolescent romance with Judah was believable and I really liked the way Park wrappped the end of the story up by making her next-door neighbours descendants of the Bows in order to tell us all what finally happened to the different members of the family. I think the book, which was first published in 1980, has aged really well. Park didn't use too many outdated expressions (one instance of the use of 'groovy' springs to mind, but that's all) and because most of the book is spent in 1873 it doesn't matter how much Sydney has changed in the last 30 years, the Sydney of 1980 is not described very much anyway. The only thing that Abigail would do differently today is that in order to find out about the Bows she wouldn't go to the library and turn the pages of physical copies of the newspaper looking for obituaries or news reports for the family, she would of course use the internet and thank goodness she didn't have to do it all manually.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...
SLS owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top