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Book Review

Title: Freedom Ride

Author: Sue Lawson

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

Freedom Ride takes a look at the efforts by Australian Indigenous people and their supporters to bring attention to the inequities they were being subjected to everyday, from the point of view of Robbie, a white teenager who knows something is wrong but doesn’t know if he can, or should, stop it.

I was both enthralled and ashamed while reading this book. Enthralled by the characters, setting and sheer quality of the writing and ashamed that, as a former history teacher, I knew nothing about this time in Australia’s history. How could I have talked about the civil rights movements in America and known nothing of the civil rights campaigns in my own country?

Robbie is faced with a terrible decision – to do what’s right or to stay within the confines of his family, friends and community. Watching how he deals with this is wonderful reading.


I'm an educator, mum and wife living in beautiful Victoria, Australia. I make learning resources for passionate, but time-poor, teachers in need of a better work-life balance. I'm a voracious reader, love a good curry, and believe life is always better with chocolate.

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