When a friend of the family found a box of books in a Sydney street and sent them to us, I was excited. But what really amped it up was when I found a Jackie French book in it, by the name of A Waltz for Matilda. While I LOVE Jackie French books, I don’t read a lot of her books, nor do I check her website every 2 seconds to see if there is a new book (though she is writing a new book, I’ll tell you about it later). But still, it was the first book I read in that box, though I did read a lot of books in between (it’s a long book, with 479 pages, along with the fact that the text is small). But when I finished, I had to say that it was amazing!!
A Waltz for Matilda starts off in the city slums, where a girl called Matilda works for a jam factory in order to keep her mother healthy. Though, after a chapter or two, her mother dies, and she is faced with 2 options, to either become a maid or to travel to the country to meet the father that she always dreamt about. But when she arrives, she is forced to run with her father. But then they arrive at a billabong, and just like the famous poem by Banjo Patterson, 3 troopers come, and her father dives into the billabong, and is pulled out dead a few minutes later. So Matilda has to run her fathers farm by herself, and has to bear the things that nature throws at her, like floods, droughts and fires.
Its complex. And interesting. And heart-warming. And action packed. All at the same time!
Around now I would usually say what was bad and all of that stuff, but seriously, I had to rack my brains to think of something. All I can say that its long, and can be slightly hard to understand at times.
Before every post I spend about half an hour finding stuff about this book on the internet, and I was shocked to find that, while on Jackie French’s website, that this book was the first in the Matilda SAGA!!!!!!!!!!!! And I said earlier that she is working on a new book, and I’m happy to say in December Jackie will release the 5th book in the saga, If Blood Should Stain the Wattle. All the Matilda saga books are based on historical events, and Matilda is the one consistent character across all the books.