Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 Abstract
* Three children are playing in a field near their property line (a boy and two girls). It is the mid-nineteenth century in Queensland, Australia.
* Beyond the boundary fence, a figure came out of the swamp. At first, they think he is a native black and then realized he is white. He speaks in ragged...
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