Stolen Girl is a fictionalised account of the now universally known story of the Stolen Generation and tells of an Aboriginal girl taken from her family and sent to a children’s home.
Each night she sings, and dreams of her mother and the life they once shared of sitting on the verandah of their corrugated-iron home, cooking damper and hunting goanna. But each morning she is woken by the bell to the harsh reality of the children’s home.
Finally one day she puts into action her carefully crafted plan—unlocking the door and taking her first step back towards home.
Stolen Girl gives young readers an insight into the life of a child taken away from everything they know into an alien world without love. It captures the depth of emotion that was felt by thousands of Australians during this dark chapter in the nation’s history
Trina Saffioti is from northern Queensland and of Gugu Yulungi descent. She has based her novel on the creation and family stories told by her mother, and the research she has done into the Stolen Generations.