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Anita Heiss, My Story: Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence Sydney 1937 (Scholastic Press, 2001).
The novel: My Story: Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence by Dr Anita Heiss is the story of a ten-year-old Aboriginal girl, Mary Talence. It is set in 1937 to January 1938, and presents a year in Mary's life as she leaves Bomaderry Aboriginal Children's Home to live with the Burkes in the well-to-do Sydney suburb of St Ives. Told in diary format, through the eyes of Mary, the book is an accessible means to teach younger readers (in the age group of 8-14) a difficult history lesson. The issues portrayed innocently in this fictitious account cut across the heart of Indigenous politics--the stolen generation.
The story starts with Mary at Bomaderry Aboriginal Children's Home, New South Wales, where she was placed under the assimilation policies enforced by the Aborigines Protection Board. Mary was taken from her …