Our Australian Girl: Poppy and the Thief by Gabrielle Wang (Published by Puffin Books Australia, June 27, 2011)
Eleven-year-old Poppy, a half-Chinese, half-Aboriginal orphan, has disgused herself as a boy and run away from the mission where she lived with other Aboriginal orphans. After she was injured she spent some time recovering at the home of a kind family. Now that Poppy has recovered form her injury, she is moving on, hoping to finally find her older brother, Gus, who ran away from the mission hoping to find gold so that he and Poppy could have a home of their own.
Shortly after Poppy continues her journey, she meets Tian, a young Chinese boy. Poppy doesn't entirely trust him, but she decides to travel with him in hopes that his uncle, a doctor, might be able to help her find her brother and solve the mystery of the Chinese letter Poppy received but cannot read. But when Poppy reaches the town she thought her brother had gone to, he is nowhere to be found.
This book is the third of four books about Poppy from the Our Australian Girl series, which is about young girls during different times in Australian history. Poppy was a very likable character, she is smart, brave, and determined. I thoguht the history in this book was very interesting as I don't know a lot about Australian history, the only other books I have read set in Australia were some of the books from the My Australian Story series. I'm sure young girls living in Australia who are interested in their country's history will love this book, but as an adult living in America, I enjoyed it too, and I look forward to reading the final book about Poppy, Poppy Comes Home, which will be published in October 2011.