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It's 1849 . . . and Nellie O'Neill is arriving in South Australia on a ship bringing orphan girls from Irish workhouses. Nellie and her best friend, Mary, have left the famine in Ireland far behind, and are full of hopes and dreams for the future.

It's 1849 . . . and Nellie O'Neill is arriving in South Australia on a ship bringing orphan girls from Irish workhouses. Nellie and her best friend, Mary, have left the famine in Ireland far behind, and are full of hopes and dreams for the future. Nellie longs to learn to read, to be part of a family once more, and never to be hungry again. But with no job and no one to turn to, how will Nellie make her wishes come true?

Meet Nellie and join her adventure in the first of four stories about an Irish girl with a big heart, in search of the freedom to be herself.

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  • Paperback

    9780143306238

    January 25, 2012

    Puffin

    144 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781742534596

    January 25, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    132 pages

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Our Australian Girl: Ruby and the Country Cousins (Book 2)
Our Australian Girl: Meet Ruby (Book 1)
Our Australian Girl: Nellie's Greatest Wish (Book 4)
Our Australian Girl: Nellie's Quest (Book 3)
Our Australian Girl: Nellie and Secret the Letter (Book 2)
Crusher Kevin: Aussie Nibbles
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