Written by Felicity Pulman and illustrated by David Cox. Published by the National Museum of Australia.

Maggie is working as a children’s nurse in the big house when she finds a copybook and decides to teach herself to read. She knows she shouldn’t really take the book, and things only get worse when the mistress sends her home in disgrace.

This story is about having the courage to follow your dreams even when everything seems to be against you.  At the same time, it gives children today a fascinating glimpse into how different life would have been on
a property in New South Wales in the nineteenth century.

Turning the Page is supported by fun child-friendly interactive activities on the National Museum of Australia website, to further engage young readers.