To Kill for Land is set around six years after the floods that devastated the town and the surrounding areas in To Kill in Flood. The two main characters in this tale; Emily and Jarrah are now thirteen and seventeen respectively. Their deep friendship forged as youngsters only grow stronger, but there are many pull's on young Jarrah's heart and attention. He wants to be fully accepted in his Aboriginal Family, he wants to own the land of the Dreaming Billabong and he wants to attend University and study law to help his finally regain their rights, in what is still essentially a racist Australia of the 1960's.
An influx of displaced Europeans at the end of World War Two has added colour and excitement to the staid and conservative country town. With Jarrah facing strictures on his interaction with Emily, due to her being declared as "wrong skin" by Jarrah's Grandfather, the opportunities for the young people to share time together are strictly limited.
As with all the previous books, this is a wonderful story about coming of age, the mixture of cultures that is uniquely Australian outback and the machinations of small town life in the conservative 1960's. I love these books and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. This is a five star story, all the way again, from Ryn Shell.
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