In the book Mandurra, it is about contentment and dissatisfaction. Sarah lives on a run-down farm called Mandurra. Her father has lost his job and the family is suffering financial hardship. To Sarah's great disappointment, her parents cannot afford to send her to a school camp.
One day, while exploring the attic for antiques to sell, Sarah hits her head. When she wakes up she is still at Mandurra but the year is 1910. In this time, Sarah's younger brother is jealous of her and causes trouble. His mischief leads to the barn being set alight. When Sarah tries to rescue the horses, she is overcome by smoke and collapses. When she awakes, she is back in the present time, in a hospital bed. Was it all a dream?
About this series:
Highlights is a series of original works of fiction aimed at students aged 10-15 years who are reading below level.
The stories are specifically written for this audience, with each author writing three stories to create a mini-series, thus encouraging the reader to want to read more. Each mini-series is in the same genre. Highlights covers different genres, helping readers to learn the language associated with the genre.
Each book is supported by full colour ‘manga style’ illustrations to reinforce and supplement the text. Every right hand page is a full colour illustration to accompany the text and assist comprehension. The stories are dynamic and use a variety of dramatic devices, including changes of perspective and variations of cell size and shape.
Available in audio CD to support each short novel from the Highlights set 1 are Adventure Trilogy, Mystery Trilogy and Fantasy Trilogy.