Escape from Cockatoo Island


by Yvette Poshoglian (Author)

Book Cover for Escape from Cockatoo Island

   Book 30   
Pages: 208

I am in the middle of Sydney Harbour, stuck on this place the masters call Cockatoo Island . . . I am here because I am an orphan, but I cannot help feeling like I have been sent here for doing something wrong.

It is 1879 and life in the Biloela Industrial School is tough for eleven-year-old Olivia Markham. Her windswept days are filled with sewing, washing, and avoiding the girls from the Reformatory School. Sydney is rapidly growing and modernising, but Olivia can only imagine what life is like beyond the shores of Cockatoo Island. She dreams of freedom, friendship and, above all, family. Can she ever escape?

My Australian Story Series—Summary and Book Order


Series: My Australian Story
Reading level: 9+
Books in series: 34
Read in order? No
Next release: Finished
Tags: adventure  historical  culture  realistic fiction 

 Print series book list

Books in series order


1.   A Banner Bold  (2000)
2.   Secrets and Sisterhood (A Tale of Two Families)  (2000)
3.   Plagues and Federation  (2000)
4.   Surviving Sydney Cove  (2000)
5.   The Deadly Flu (A Different Sort of Real)  (2001)
6.   The Rum Rebellion  (2001)
7.   The Yankee Whaler  (2001)
8.   Who Am I?  (2001)
9.   Voyage to Botany Bay (On Board the Boussole)  (2002)
10.   The Bombing of Darwin  (2002)
11.   Fords and Flying Machines  (2003)
12.   Snowy  (2003)
13.   Riding with Thunderbolt  (2004)
14.   Our Don Bradman  (2004)
15.   A Marathon of Her Own  (2004)
16.   Our Enemy, My Friend  (2005)
17.   New Gold Mountain  (2005)
18.   Outback  (2005)
19.   Cyclone Tracy  (2006)
20.   Refugee  (2006)
21.   The Melting Pot  (2007)
22.   Archer's Melbourne Cup  (2007)
23.   Snatched by Pirates (Claw of the Dragon)  (2008)
24.   Atomic Testing  (2009)
25.   The Hunt for Ned Kelly  (2010)
26.   The Phar Lap Mystery  (2010)
27.   My Father's War  (2011)
28.   Sydney Harbour Bridge  (2012)
29.   Heroes of Tobruk  (2012)
30.   Escape from Cockatoo Island  (2013)
31.   Gallipoli  (2013)
32.   Fremantle Prison Break  (2013)
33.   Kokoda  (2014)
34.   Convict Girl  (2014)