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My place
Morgan, Sally, 1951-
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Seaver Books, [1987]

Physical Description:
360 pages ; 24 cm
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CT2808.M59 A3 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Sally Morgan was born on January 18, 1951 in Perth, Western Australia. She is of Aboriginal descent from the Bailgu people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Her books, My Place, and Wanamurraganya, the story of Jack McPhee, won the Human Rights Literature and Other Writing Award in 1987 and 1989. Her other awards include Order of Australia Book Prize 1990; Fremantle Print Award with Bevan Hone in 1993; Notable Book, Children's Book Council in 1998 and Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia in 2012. Her other books include Sally's Story, Mother and Daughter, and Arthur Corinna's Story. Her children's books include Little piggies, The flying emu and other Australian stories, Hurry up, Oscar!, Pet problem, Dan's grandpa, In your dreams, and Just a little brown dog. She won the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction for her book, Sister Heart.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Morgan's autobiography is told like a story to an old friend. Growing up in Australia, the author lived an eventful rural life with rascally siblings, a crotchety grandmother, and a dizzy mother. The family's life became relatively carefree after Morgan's troubled father died of alcoholism. Tales of crazy escapades and eccentricities abound. But when Morgan discovered her aboriginal roots, she found herself confused about her identity and embittered by prejudice. In her quest for her true family and culture, she researched and now relates in their own words the stories of her mother, grandmother, and grandmother's brother. Morgan is a natural storyteller with much to say about Australian history, society, and one very interesting family. DGR. 994'.0049915 (B) Morgan, Sally-Family / Western Australia-Biography / Australian aborigines-Australia-Western Australia-Social conditions / Western Australia-Social life and customs / Race discrimination-Australia-Western Australia / Australian aborigines-Australia-Western Australia-Mixed bloods-Biography [OCLC] 88-15762

Publisher's Weekly Review

Growing up in Perth, Australia, in an impoverished, but lively and chaotic household dominated by her mother and grandmother, Morgan was 15 before she realized that she and her four siblings were of mixed Aboriginal descent. In this autobiography, she describes her efforts to identify with and record her family heritage. Oral histories gathered from her reticent and still fearful mother and grandmother, anxious to shield their children from the social stigma of their origins, are supplemented with accounts from relatives she tracked down in Northwest Australia's Aboriginal Reserves and livestock stations. They vividly describe the suffering caused by a government policy that took half-caste Aboriginal children away from their mothers. Although some Aborigines have successfully competed in Australian society, the author seems to agree with her uncle's contention that colonialism is not yet over and does not accord Aborigines either equalityes pecially land rightsor freedom to pursue their own way of life. (September) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Morgan is 15 when she discovers that she is not white but aboriginea fact that has been kept secret because of society's stigma. Rather than tell the children about their heritage, her mother and grandmother have let them believe early ancestors emigrated to Australia from India. The teen-aged Morgan, having been an indifferent student at best, throws herself into her studies and then single-mindedly embarks on a search for her roots. Her quest is hampered by her grandmother's refusal to discuss the past but helped by an elderly great uncle, who is an accomplished raconteur, and leads her to the past and to other people. Morgan is a gifted storyteller, and this story is sad, triumphant, hilarious, and sensitive. For all public library collections. Joan Hinkemeyer, Englewood P.L., Col. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.