Mama's Babies

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B.WahlströmsBokförlag AB, 1998 - Fiction - 159 pages
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Novel for young adults, based on the 'baby farmers' of the 1890s who took unwanted children in for profit. Young Sarah discovers the woman she has been told is her mother has a dark secret, and so Sarah and her friend Will set off on a dangerous mission to find out the truth. Author's other publications include 'Strange Objects', a 1991 CBC Book of the Year and 'First Light', 1994 CBC Picture Book of the Year.

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User Review  - TeamDewey - LibraryThing

I found myself not caring about any of the characters except for Horace and that was only because he was a toddler. This book took a long time to get anywhere and then it just seemed to wrap up abruptly. Not a very satisfying read. Read full review

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User Review  - Jayna Pomsyda - Goodreads

This story had seemed to make think it was just and orphanage. Then the story line led to just be a regular home with children dying. This story is very dark and depressing. I liked it and it always got suspenseful. Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Gary Crew was born on September 23, 1947 in Brisbane, Australia. Gary attended State Primary and High Schools in Brisbane, English and Art were his favorite subjects, but he left school aged 16 to become a cadet Civil Engineering Draftsman. After he had graduated from the Queensland Institute of Technology and worked in a drawing office for ten years as a design draftsman, he became bored and decided to become a teacher. After that, Crew re-educated himself, earning his master's degree in literature at Queensland University. He became a teacher in 1974 and went on to become head of English at various high schools in Brisbane. Gary Crew began writing fiction in 1985. Because of his teaching background and his own teenage children, he entered the Teenage Fiction or Young Adult genre and has published 12 novels in that field. He has twice been awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year for Older Readers, for Strange Objects in 1991 and Angel's Gate in 1993. Gary has also been twice short listed for the Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Fiction Award for Youth in the USA and awarded the American Children's Book of Distinction. Among his many awards is the Ned Kelly Prize for Crime Fiction. He also specializes in fiction texts for Illustrated Books for Older Readers. He has won the CBC Book of the Year twice in the Picture Book category, for First Light in 1993 and The Watertower in 1994. He was short listed for this award in 2000 with Memorial. He is the series Editor of Lothian's After Dark series of Macabre Tales. Crew is a lecturer in Creative Writing, Children's and Adult Literature at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is the Chair of the Queensland Writers' Centre.

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