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Goldfields Girl

Written by Elaine Forrestal


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It’s 1892. Amid a fevered gold rush, 14-year-old Clara Saunders is in search of adventure in the new outback town of Coolgardie.

A friendship with cheeky young water carter Jack is a promising start, but the goldfields are a harsh place, where water is scarce, disease is common and where many men will never find the fortune they’ve come to seek.

With unforeseen tragedies on the horizon, Clara’s time in the dusty town will truly test the limits of her fierceness and determination.


'Goldfields Girl is a fantastic read and a real and personal window into WA's gold history.' Subiaco Post

'This book would be a great read for 9-14 year olds interested in historical fiction. What stood out for me was that Clara was only 14 when she left her family and went to Coolgardie all alone. In today’s world that would never happen. I think Clara Saunders was very brave and courageous.' Céití, age 11, Alphabet Soup

'... this tale will capture the reader's attention and bring the 1890s to life for a new generation.' Writing WA 

'This will be a popular read for lovers of historical fiction and an inspirational read of resilience and determination.' Magpies

ISBN 9781925816495 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Books for History Teachers
Fiction for Middle Readers
Children's ebooks
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2020
Pages 216
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    Elaine Forrestal

    Elaine Forrestal is a full-time writer who lives and works in Scarborough, Western Australia. She grew up in the Wheatbelt but now travels all over the world, and has spoken at festivals and presented writing workshops in Australia, Singapore, France, Italy, and Ireland. Elaine has had novels, picture books, magazine articles and short stories published in Australia, the USA and the UK. Her novel, Someone Like Me, which won the CBCA Book of the Year Award, the WAYRBA Hoffman Award and was commended for the NASAN Book and Software Awards in the UK, has been translated into Slovenian and Italian. She has also written for children’s television. Of her 17 published fiction titles, 14 have been shortlisted for, or won, major awards. Read more