The Burnt Stick

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By Anthony Hill
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
The Burnt Stick
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When John Jagamarra was five, he was taken away from his mother and home in an Australian aboriginal camp. John was halfwhite, and the law said he had to be educated in a mission school to learn the ways of white people. But John never forgot his real home or his mother, who dared to trick the men from the welfare department by darkening him with a burnt stick to hide his light skin. A poignant tale of painful separation, abiding love, and enduring memory.

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3796 words3,796 words
52 pages52 pages
Grade 3 to 5Grade 3 to 5
Published 1995Published 1995
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