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Our Enemy, My Friend: The Diary of Emma Shelldrake is the sixteenth book in the My Australian Story series. The book was written by Jenny Blackman. It was first published in February 2005 and reissued as My Friend, the Enemy in August 2012. The book was followed by New Gold Mountain by Christopher Cheng.

Dedication[]

"In memory of my mother, Dorothea."

Book description[]

"It is 1915 and Australia is involved in the Great War. Young Australian men are dying in the trenches of Europe. To soldiers fighting in France and Gallipoli, the village of Wirreebilla in the Adelaide Hills seems peaceful and far away. But is it really so peaceful?
German settlers are being treated increasingly as aliens by Wirreebilla locals and old friends become the new enemy.
When Emma Shelldrake experiences this hatred first-hand, she begins to understand how difficult wartime can be for everyone.
"

"I wonder what war is really like? What happens if we don't win? If Germany wins, will all our German friends become our ennemies? Even Hannelore?
It is 1915 and Australia is involved in the Great War. Young Australian men are dying in the trenches of Europe. To soldiers fighting in France and Gallipoli, the village of Wirreebilla in the Adelaide Hills seems peaceful and far away... but is it really so peaceful?
German settlers are being treated increasingly as aliens by Wirreebilla locals and old friends become the new enemy. When Emma Shelldrake experiences this hatred first-hand, she begins to understand how difficult wartime can be for everyone.
"

Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of Our Enemy, My Friend characters

Author[]

Main article: Jenny Blackman

Jenny Blackman first became interested in children's literature while receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. She wrote the first draft of her manuscript, then titled Wirreebilla, which was inspired by the memoirs of her mother during World War I. In 2001, after being awarded a fellowship to Varuna, Blackman reworked the manuscript and sent it to Scholastic. Our Enemy, My Friend was her first book.

Editions[]

Notes[]

  • The portrait on the cover is a photograph of Dorothea Talbot, the author's mother. The cover uses two other photographs, all of which were provided by the author.[3]

References[]

See also[]

Resources:
File:Our Enemy, My Friend Teacher's Notes.pdf


My Australian Story
Original

A Banner Bold | Plagues and Federation | A Tale of Two Families | Surviving Sydney Cove | The Rum Rebellion
The Yankee Whaler | A Different Sort of Real | Who Am I? | On Board the Boussole | The Bombing of Darwin
Fords and Flying Machines | Snowy | Riding with Thunderbolt | Our Don Bradman | A Marathon of Her Own
Our Enemy, My Friend

1st relaunch

New Gold Mountain | Outback | Cyclone Tracy | Refugee | The Melting Pot | Archer's Melbourne Cup
Claw of the Dragon | Atomic Testing

2nd relaunch

The Hunt for Ned Kelly | The Phar Lap Mystery | My Father's War | Sydney Harbour Bridge | Heroes of Tobruk
Escape from Cockatoo Island | Gallipoli | Kokoda | Convict Girl | Vietnam

3rd relaunch

Black Sunday | Our Race for Reconciliation | Bushfire | Rebellion at Eureka | Castle Hill Rebellion | Six Seconds
The Battle for Victoria Street

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