The Wayward Child is set in Australia during the time of the Second World War. It is about the life of a child between the ages of 8 to 10 as her family moves about the bush and outback of Australia. There is some slang used that the reader may not understand completely; but their meaning is not as important as the details of the hardships endured during this time in history.
The world war was a time of rationing, fear, and many men leaving to fight the Japanese threat in the Pacific Theater of the war. Tales of atrocity coming back to the small children, and the families back in Australia.There are also pockets of religious bigotry by some and places where living was difficult at best.
Finally, The Wayward Child is a tale of the human spirit and survival in a time when it was difficult to know where the next meal was coming from. It was a time unlike any other and supplies were used in the war effort. For a small child, this is a hard time to experience, yet alone survive with one’s psyche intact.
The Wayward Child is also about the dysfunctional parts of a family, which you cannot choose, but must live with because they are family. At an early age, how does one handle and accept the death of their father, especially as they try to garner their father’s acceptance?
This and more can be found in the memoir The Wayward Child.
This reviewer found The Wayward Child a good read and recommends The Wayward Child as a must read with a four out of five stars. Reviewer:Robert Medak,Freelance Writer/Editor/Reviewer, Allbooks Review International, www.allbooksreviewint.com
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Title: The Wayward Child
Author: Rita Lowther
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Date: May 2011