Themes: British colonisation, Aboriginal history and culture, family, racism, environment and sustainability
Years: Australian Curriculum: English Year 5, Year 6, Year 7. Suitable for ages 11+ (general recommendation). This unit targets Middle to Upper Primary.
From the publisher's synopsis: In 1789, in Sydney Cove, Surgeon John White adopts Nanberry, an Aboriginal boy. Nanberry uses his gifts as an interpreter to bridge the worlds he lives in. With his white brother, Andrew, he witnesses the struggles of the colonists. And yet he is haunted by the memories of Cadigal warriors who will one day come to claim him as one of their own. This true story follows the brothers as they make their way in the world — one as a sailor in the Royal Navy, the other as a hero of the Battle of Waterloo.