Based on real events that took place more than a century ago, capturing headlines all around Australia, this is a true-crime, a romance and a coming-of-age novel with an unlikely friendship at its heart.
Their lives couldn't be more different, but Emmie can't help liking Bertha Schippan. She's funny and knowing and wild, and she distracts Emmie from the monotony of farm life in their tiny, isolated community. But, as Emmie soon discovers, Bertha has secrets. Terrible secrets.
This heartbreaking story is based on a real crime that took place more than a century ago, capturing headlines all around Australia.
Winner • 2011 • Best Young Adult Crime Book
CBCA Book of the Year Awards
Notable Book • 2011 • Older Readers