Award-winning author Jackie French believes too many of the achievements of girls and women are missing from our history books – so she’s doing something about it.
Her latest novel, The Girls Who Changed the World: Ming and Flo Fight for the Future, is the first in a series that tells the stories of extraordinary females from the past whose accomplishments have gone largely unrecognised.
“Women and girls have been at almost every vital point in human change and yet so often the things that they achieved have not been recorded,” she said.
French hopes the series will “encourage every young person of today to realise they can change the world”.
About The Girls Who Changed the World: Ming and Flo Fight for the Future by Jackie French
Ming Qong, 12, is convinced that girls must have changed the world, even if they are rarely mentioned in history books.
So when Ming gets the chance to go back in time, she imagines herself changing destinies from a glittering palace or an explorer’s ship. Instead, she ends up in Australia in 1898, living a tough life as Flo Watson on a drought-stricken farm.
Luckily, Ming is rescued by Flo’s Aunt McTavish. Wealthy Aunt McTavish belongs to Louisa Lawson’s Suffragist Society, who are desperately and courageously fighting for women’s rights. And Ming is determined to get involved, to make a difference.
But change is never easy, so how can one girl change the world?
From one of Australia’s favourite writers comes an inspiring new series for all the young people who will, one day, change the world.
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