Our Australian Girl: Meet Letty by Alison Lloyd (Published by Puffin Books Australia, January 31, 2011)
It's 1841, and Letty and her father have come to the docks to say goodbye to Letty's older sister, Lavinia, who is leaving on a long sea voyage from England to Australia. There are very few women in Australia, so the government is encouraging young women from England to emigrate to Australia. Unfortunately, Letty waits too long on the ship, and before she knows it she is stuck on board as the ship sails away.
The sea voyage is long and difficult and Letty misses her family. Lavinia tries to be kind to her but is frustrated at having to look after her younger sister who shouldn't be there and doesn't always listen to her. During the voyage, Letty experiences homesickness, bad weather, and the boredom of a long sea voyage, and also must care for Lavinia when she becomes ill.
This is the first of four books about Letty from the new Our Australian Girl series. This series reminds me of the American Girls books, since there are several characters living in different times in history, and each character has several books about her. Overall I liked this book, but I thought Letty was rather gullible at times, and too trusting of someone who was obviously not a true friend. However, I don't think this would bother younger readers as much, since it would probably be less predictable to them.