Escape from Botany Bay: The True Story of Mary Bryant

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Scholastic Inc., 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 220 pages
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This novel tells the true story of Mary Bryant, a spirited girl in 18th century England, who is sentenced to a prison ship bound for Australia but makes a harrowing escape.

Caught stealing a lady's bonnet in Cornwall, England, in 1786, 19-year-old Mary Broad is sentenced to seven years' incarceration on a prison ship bound for Australia. Amid squalid, dangerous conditions below decks, Mary fights for her life and her dignity, and her spirited, outspoken ways rally her fellow prisoners. She also attracts the attention of Watkin Tench, a marine who helps her get food and clothing and whose child she eventually bears. But Tench will not marry her, and Mary is betrothed to Will Bryant, another convict whom she'd known as a child.

 

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This story is a historical novel about a convict girl who escaped from Botany Bay. It is told as Mary Bryant writing a diary and it gives good insight on what she is feeling and thinking while going ... Read full review

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Contents

January 1786
2
March 1786
8
January 1787
24
April 1787
30
Voyage
41
May 1787
42
June 1787
45
August 1787
54
January 1797
117
Late March 1791
122
April 1791
130
Late April 1791
138
MidMay 1791
145
Late May 1791
152
June 1791
164
Captured
173

October 1787
57
November 1787
61
January 1788
64
The Landing
67
Mid February 1788
68
Late February 1788
76
October 1788
82
January 1789
91
February 1789
95
April 1789
100
October 1790
110
December 1790
113
September 1791
174
November 1791
181
December 1791
184
March 1792
186
May 1792
188
July 1792
192
August 1792
194
May 1790
204
October 1793
211
Epilogue
218
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