Home to Mother tells the amazing true story of three Aboriginal girls, Molly, Daisy and Gracie. They all have Aboriginal mothers and white fathers. The Probation Officer takes them away from their families. Molly leads them home, with many adventures along the way. As they follow the rabbit-proof fence home, they have to hide from search parties, they see fighting kangaroos and they learn how to find different sorts of bush tucker.
The girls were helped by some people, but others told their location to the police. Somehow, they still evaded the police and trackers. The girls walked an incredible 20-40 kilometres each day.
Home to Mother is a version of Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence for younger readers. Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence is the book that the famous 2002 movie is based on.
Doris Pilkington's traditional Aboriginal name is Garimara. Her mother, Molly Craig, was taken away from her family by authorities to Moore River Native Settlement. The true story Home to Mother is based on Molly's escape from the settlement. When Doris, Molly's daughter, was a toddler she was taken from her home at Balfour Downs Station in Western Australia by authorities. Her baby sister, Anna, was taken too. And her mother, Molly, was taken again. They all were sent to Moore River Native Settlement, the same institution that Molly had escaped from ten years before. So both Doris and her mother, Molly, are stolen children.
Doris trained as a nursing aide. After getting married and having a family of her own, she studied journalism and has worked in film and video production. She is now famous for writing Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence and she has travelled the world. She has received a Member of the Order of Australia award.
Source: University of Queensland Press (used with permission), adapted by the writer
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