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Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time

By: Doris Pilkington [Nuji Garamara]
Published: 2002, ©1996
Pages: 136
Total Copies: 21 Print + 1 DVD
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & MemoirsBooks Made Into Movies | Regional, Australia | Cultural, Native Peoples | Women in History

Description: The remarkable true story of three young girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their home. Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up by whites and taken to settlements to be assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doris Pilkington traces the captivating story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from her community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. At the settlement, Milly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their aboriginal heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls scared and homesick planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp, with its harsh life of padlocks, barred windows, and hard cold beds.