Convictions by Judith Silverthorne

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It’s 1842. Fourteen-year-old Jennie Lawrence has been found guilty of stealing and finds herself aboard one of the few women-only convict ships, destined for Australia.
   The conditions aboard the ship are abhorrent: women are ill from lack of food and water and are beaten if they disobey orders.
   The only way for the women to survive the boat ride is to band together. And so, with the help of Sarah, Bridget, Alice and other convicts, her new “family,” Jennie battles the jailers, the ship and the sea. But will it be enough to set them free?

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Published April 1, 2016 by Coteau Books. 216 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Gr 7 Up—Jennie is in trouble. Caught stealing some moldy, discarded food, she has found herself shackled and sentenced to hard labor in the penal colony of Australia. Silverthorne's book follows Jennie's journey aboard the Emily Anne in this bleak depiction of the situation faced by thousands of ...

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