Nic is left in the care of her grandfather at the remote family property that was her mother’s childhood home – a place with thirty rooms, three dogs and no mobile reception. Left to her own devices, she searches for clues about her mother – who died the day Nic was born.
But when she learns that she can slip through time, Nic discovers more than she could have imagined. The past holds a dark and shocking secret that haunts the land and the people who live there.
“This is a brave book. It is time for these actions to be discussed by the whole of Australia.”
“Wilkinson tackles many issues that students may not have had the opportunity to address or explore – the atrocities that occurred to Australia’s indigenous population when white settlers came, the erasure of these stories from our history books and to a much smaller extent the lack of women’s stories throughout historical records, too. It’s gripping, at times confronting and I highly, highly recommend it for all English classrooms from grades 5 to 8.”
“This is a fantastic look at Australian history, something that Carole does incredibly well. The setting is real, the past is confronting, and the character’s problems are heartfelt.”
“Wilkinson has a gift for historical narrative and her ability to weave the past with the present results in an astonishing book that deserves attention. ”
“Inheritance is historical fiction based on real events. It has mystery, drama and humour but doesn't flinch from difficult issues.”
“If you are a primary school teacher of grades 5 and 6s, we cannot encourage Inheritance as a class book any more highly ... we've never read another age appropriate book for middle fiction readers that is as historically accurate and impactful.”
“An honourable work that helps young readers confront the wrongs of Australia’s past with honesty, humility and an open heart.”
“... a book that has stuck with me long after I read it … an evocative book that will hopefully provoke conversations and thought. ”