Author(s): Jackie French
Australia, 1894. Matilda leaves the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But no sooner does she find him, then he is lost forever. Matilda refuses to go back to the city, and takes over her father's farm, battling the opposition of the wealthy neighbour, and drought and bushfire. Inspired by the Banjo Patterson song 'Waltzing Matilda'. Includes historical notes. Suggested level: secondary.