Story from heart

Sally Morgan.
Sally Morgan.

Sister Heart is told from the perspective of a young Aboriginal girl who is taken from her home in Australia�s north and sent to an institution in the south to make a new life for herself.

Morgan uses verses instead of traditional paragraph structure to tell the girl�s story in four parts and introduce the recent history of indigenous Australians to a younger audience. She said the story showed the power of friendship and family.

�It is a story about the friendship that develops between two young girls who have been removed from their families and placed in an institution,� she said.

�The main characters in the story, though young, are smart and resilient.

�I think the story gives some small insight into what it�s like to suddenly lose your family and place in the world and how important new friendships are when you are feeling alone and lost.

�It wasn�t a story I planned to write. I dreamed the first page of the book and when I woke I knew I had to write it because the story had been given to me.�

Morgan said her love of writing for a younger audience helped bring Sister Heart to life and she hoped to continue writing more children�s books in the future.

�I really enjoy reading picture books to young children and seeing their interest, curiosity and how much they enjoy hearing a story,� she said.

�Also, my daughter does create illustrations, so I like to lure her into promising to illustrate.

�I think I will be focusing on writing some more picture books because I enjoy writing short text much more than I enjoy developing longer pieces of writing.�

Sister Heart is available from www.fremantlepress.|