Troop Train by Elizabeth Hutchins is a wonderful historical fiction about a 14-year-old girl called Rosemary Lister who has to flee Darwin with her family to avoid the bombings. She travels across the desert to Adelaide on a train and takes notes of her life and memories in a diary for her father who is over in Singapore.
This book is written in diary form, and set against the backdrop of real historical events. I think this story would be best for teens because although it is written in a simplistic kind of way, it still deals with more mature themes like war. I really enjoyed reading this book, because even though the writing style is easy to read, it really hooks you, and is full of emotion, which made this story so involving. I would definitely recommend this book to others, particularly those who are interested in World War II and its impact on Australia.
Tahlia, age 15
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