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The turnkey pushed Hannah into the cell, and clanged the door shut behind her. Hannah’s eyes stung and she felt a heavy churning in her belly. The smell of urine, vomit, sweat and rotting flesh was overpowering, and she broke out in a hot, prickly sweat, despite the icy night.1814, London Town. Hannah Cheshire - wealthy and spoiled - has fallen from grace. Punishment: tranThe turnkey pushed Hannah into the cell, and clanged the door shut behind her. Hannah’s eyes stung and she felt a heavy churning in her belly. The smell of urine, vomit, sweat and rotting flesh was overpowering, and she broke out in a hot, prickly sweat, despite the icy night.1814, London Town. Hannah Cheshire - wealthy and spoiled - has fallen from grace. Punishment: transportation to the colony of New South Wales....

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Scatterheart Reviews

  • oliviasbooks
    2019-06-24 08:13

    Dear publisher(s), are you sure you had checked the spelling of the final version thoroughly before handing it over to the printers? I am pretty convinced the historical young adult novel about a nineteenth century high society girl being shipped from London to New South Wales as a convicted thief of her own jewellery had been meant to bear the title Scatterbrain instead of Scatterheart. Certainly, Hannah Cheshire is a bit fickle, too, as far as her ability to fall in love, recognise love and give love is concerned, but who would expect otherwise: Hannah grew up having no mother, no friends and no companions beside her teacher and her cold, calculating fraudster father, and is barely fifteen when the latter flees out of the country under the pretense of a sudden business trip and leaves his helpless offspring to face her fate completely unprepared and alone. But Hannah's stupidity, her naiveté and her inability to process and use what is happening and being said to her deserves a big, fat single-worded title. Scatterbrain undoubtedly sounds nice. I would prefer Peabrain, though ... or - even better - Fleabrain to underline the convict ship theme and evoke all kinds of authentic images - just like writing does. I will come back to the rather applaudably graphic scenery in a minute. I just have to elaborate some more to defend my dislike of Hannah and her 'friends' and foes - everyone, more or less.Hannah is well bred. A real lady. She even tries to shake her fellow inmates’ hands in her London prison cell. And she seems to be well equipped enough to learn, for her private tutor, Thomas Behr, enjoyed immensely to stuff her with scientific theories that had not been on his employer’s lesson plan. But at the same time Hannah managed to live almost fifteen years in the midst of London society, in a large house full of lively, gossiping servants, in a house with a daily newspaper on the breakfast table, without mustering the slightest amount of curiosity about her father’s business, about his plans for her future, about how a household is run and things get done. If someone dares to prod and ask for details, she is completely content with giving placeholder answers like "My father is a gentleman". A normally curious girl would have been embarrassed to have been caught clueless and would have put a lot of effort in finding out afterwards. Not Hannah. Hannah trusts that her father means well and will tell her everything she needs to know in his time. Therefore Hannah does not protest or wonder, when Thomas and other servants get fired, Hannah does not draw conclusions when her father, who promised to marry her to a wealthy man of high standing, asks her to dress up for a dinner with a business partner of him who is fiftyish, proportionless and so boring Hannah even considers that one evening as a waste of time. When all her former servants have left the house for good, Hannah has no idea where the contents of her chamber pot usually go. So she just amasses them day after day in her room. Her idea of London topography is so hazy that she loses her sense of direction on her quest for a pawnbroker. She does not know anything about reproduction. She has learned everything about star constellations, but has not heard that they are used to navigate ships. I had the impression of a time travelling heroine when it became clear that she did not know that boys commonly began their career in seafaring as young as nine or ten in her time. And I could not believe that Hannah is still particular about her food after two weeks in a mouldy prison cell and four unconscious days on the convict ship. It drove me mad that she does not explain at her court hearing that the supposed stolen earrings were hers and that she never asks for details, when Long Meg, Tabby, Molly and other fellow prisoners throw hints and warnings about her new friend, Lieutenant James, or the ship’s cruel and syphilis-marked doctor into her direction. She must notice that all of the women around had precious life experiences as a hierarchy’s lowest members. But she never gets the faintest idea that they could show her the ropes, which would keep her out of danger. Her birth makes her superior in her eyes.Apropos hints. I kind of liked the prostitute Long Meg and her balance between life-saving selfishness and sympathy for the underdog. But I could not stand her meaningful, but worthless hints and her strange, sudden self-destructive behaviour on the ship. The first just served to make the reader uneasy about the unknown dangers Hannah would be surely soon facing, the latter did not fit her personality. She could have taken Hannah aside and told her bluntly what happened on the crew’s deck at night, scattered Hannah’s romantic illusions about her supposedly white-armoured gentleman. But she doesn’t. She does not even tell Hannah her suspicions, when the two of them go to rescue little Molly. All of it is a second rate stylistic device to show Hannah sinking deeper and deeper into her self-dug whole of rich-girl-naivety – from which she will emerge chastened, wizened and refined, I suppose.The other person who haunts Hannah oracle-like with warning metaphors should not even be on that ship. Tabby is old and brittle. The Australia-bound convict ships transported young and middle-aged strong women to serve their time, work hard and become brides or mistresses. Someone on the brink of dying of old age would not have been invested in.Hannah’s love interest on that ship is so obviously two-faced from the beginning (He sits on his jacket, she sits on the floor in a puddle), that reading their romantic scenes was not fun at all.The main part of Scatterheart is meant to be a dark, realistically hopeless tale, I suppose. I think Lili Wilkinson researched life on London’s streets, life in London’s prisons and life on convict transports quite thoroughly. For Scatterheart is brimfull of disgusting odours - vomit, pus, urine, dried menstrual blood, festering wounds, bad teeth -, visuals – the ship, the cell, the dirt, coarse clothing, hooked-up skirts, worms, blood, corpses -, and sounds – moans, cries and crackling laughter. There is a heap of creative swearing in the story, a lot of raw sex and violence. And although I admire the painted picture, I liked the young adult novel Abby Lynn, written in the 80s by Rainer M. Schröder a whole lot more. It also deals with an innocent girl who is convicted for theft and befriends an older woman who looks out for her on a convict ship. It also does not gloss over the exchange of sexual favours for food, the sadistic bride buyers on the lookout for young bed warmers, the undernourishment and so on. But it tells the story of friendship in unexpected places, the story of hope, a beautiful romance. It shows you normal people speaking plain text instead of sprouting riddles. But if you thought Abby Lynn was too cheerful and aimed at a too young readership, you might enjoy Scatterheart. Well, I didn’t. I stopped at page 216. A certain event killed the last curiosity in me to learn the two women’s fate. Another similar themed novel I have wanted to read is Scout by Nicole Pluss. But after this personal flop I am not so sure anymore. I will also stay away from the rest of Lili Wilkinson’s work. I also only barely liked the characters in her young adult crime story A Pocketful of Eyes. Now I am convinced we are simply not compatible.A last word according the German edition: What is the use of spreading the text on so many thick-papered pages with an enormous white margin around the text? It is unnecessary bulky to hold and carry around, unnecessary expensive and a waste of wood and shelf space. I would never have bought this edition. I only borrowed it, but I hope it does not exceed the maximum weight for book parcels.

  • Larissa
    2019-06-01 11:17

    Hannah Cheshire is a young lady of Quality living in London, and the daughter of a Gentleman. Arthur Cheshire is an important businessman, and wants only the best for his daughter. Hannah is used to having the best, fine dresses and jewellery, food and servants. Hannah has grown up with no mother and, apart from her father, has no one else in her life besides her tutor.Thomas Behr has filled Hannah's head with history, poetry, and mathematics as well as languages, animals and stories; much to Arthur Cheshire's dismay. It was not necessary nor desirable for a young lady of Quality to know such things, Hannah's father would say. But still Thomas Behr loved to tell his story and Hannah loved to hear them. Her favourite story was that of Scatterheart.One day Hannah finds her life turned upside down, and all her troubles seem to start with the dismissal of Thomas Behr as her tutor. Quickly afterwards things seem to turn from bad to worse, and Hannah finds herself imprisoned. "A series of misfortunes and calamities...", as Hannah puts it, has brought her to trial and despite her insistence of innocence; she is sentenced to "Parts Beyond the Seas", other wise known as New South Wales.It is upon the seas and beyond that Hannah holds dear to her the stories told by Thomas Behr; she is haunted by the story of Scatterheart and the white bear. Along with the stories is the memory of the man she has become so fond of. Once she had considered him well beneath her, a servant, a commoner. Now she thinks of him more and more. But will she ever see him again?Scatterheart is a fickle and selfish girl who accepts the offer of marriage from a white bear, not because she loves him but because he can offer her a castle to live in and beautiful dresses to wear. Hannah begins to wonders if she is not so different, willing to consider marriage to a man she detests for the chance to have a grand house with carriages, and fifty servants, and jewels and beautiful dresses.Like Scatterheart, Hannah must endure a long and dangerous journey, to discover what is truly worth having, finding growth and learning and love; all the while searching for her own Mr Bear, 'East O' The Sun, West O' The Moon'.Scatterheart is a wonderful story that mixes reality with fantasy, and truth with illusion. It's a story that portrays the ignorance and selfishness of the wealthy and the harsh reality of life for the poor living in London and Australia in 1814. Scatterheart is a fairytale that's actual and realistic.

  • Kirsti
    2019-06-07 07:03

    Wow, this book was nothing like I expected, yet I loved it. Judging from the cover and the name, I assumed it was a YA fantasy novel. Even the back gives you the idea that it's going to be fantasy, but in fact it is more historical/ naive romance. But don't let that put you off! What I found in these pages was a beautiful story, filled with ugly characters and situations that make you grow to love the main character, Hannah, even more. She struggles through such a fall, but never loses the essence of her character, and builds herself up more than she, and the reader, can ever expect.I loved this book, no two ways about it. It was raw and painful and sad, but at the same time I couldn't stop reading. I'm not sure where to class this; some of the subject matter definitely isn't YA (That's the section in the library I found it in) but nothing so horrible happens that it could be classed higher. I think people of all ages will read this story however, and like it. It is just a good story, and really well written. Another excellent book read today!

  • Donna
    2019-05-31 12:56

    I have recently been re-reading books on my shelf from when I was younger. Books I liked when I was 13/14, such as the Fault in Our Stars and Fangirl, I could barely continue after a few pages, however this book, which I first read when I was maybe 10/11, I keenly read all the way to the end. The writing style of Scatterheart is about as remarkable as any another YA book. However, the creation and development of all the characters, Hannah, Long Meg, Thomas, and James are complex, well crafted, and memorable. The little fairytale of Scatterheart running parallel to the main storyline is also a nice touch that adds an interesting layer of magic to the story. Amongst the sea of YA books on the market, Scatterheart is original, and I would argue, better developed than a lot - it is a shame this book does not have more attention.disclaimer::: theres a possibility I think this book is better than it is because of childhood nostalgia lmao

  • Mary
    2019-06-17 11:21

    A very unusual offering, with all the feel of a first novel, Scatterheart is a very different journey.Dealing primarily with the history and experience of those on the prison ships travelling to Australia, Wilkinson does tie in a personal story which is, if not always compelling, definitely enough to get you to the finish.A worthwhile read for anyone who didn't quite realise how interesting Australian history was until they read about it. So there's a moebius style recommendation for you...

  • Hannah
    2019-06-16 09:10

    It was such a fantastic story but the reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because of how disturbing it is. Only read it if you can cope with reading about abuse, sexual assault, mistreatment and other disturbing elements in expliicit detail. Otherwise, a truly excellent book!

  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    2019-06-19 15:05

    When I first saw this book, I knew I had to read it, just from seeing the cover alone. I wasn't disappointed - this extraordinary historical tale with a fairytale feel to it blew me away. I finished this in a few hours as I couldn't stop reading.Right from the start the book hooked me, by not letting me know how Hannah ended up in Newgate. Instead, it starts when Hannah is in Newgate, and starts to tell you how she ended up there, which was a great way to grab my attention and made me want to read more. After prison, Hannah is transported to New South Wales and a lot of pages (around 100, probably more) is dedicated to life on the ship, which I usually find boring. However, due to the people on the ship and the bizarre goings-on there, I wasn't bored at all!There's a lot of things in this book that are quite shocking, but I'm glad they're there, as they made the story feel more realistic. I loved that when Hannah was in London I felt as if I was in a fairytale world, which is what she saw it as. Then when the story moved onto the gaol and the ship, I felt as if I could really understand just how disgusting the accommodations where and how much Hannah went through.There's a lot of really strong characters in this, that really stand out. One in particular was Dr Ullathorne who was just repulsive and I spent a lot of time hoping for him to get his. I also loved Molly, the street child with a melted face. She was really sweet and kept Hannah going throughout the journey. Another favourite was Long Meg, who befriended Hannah back in Newgate and looks after her. Long Meg is a typical London girl, very ballsy and she's not afraid to speak her mind, which added a lot of comedy to the tale.Hannah herself was less likeable than the others, due to how she was brought up. She's a great character, she looks after Molly and she isn't afraid to stand for what's right but she has moments where she wants impossible things to be true and she can act quite spoilt too. I think the journey was quite good for her though, as she learnt a lot along the way.Blog | Facebook | Twitter

  • Julie Bozza
    2019-06-12 09:07

    A darned good yarn! I enjoy stories in which the power of stories are acknowledged by the characters.

  • Kerstin
    2019-05-30 09:01

    Kurzbeschreibung:Als Hannah Cheshires Vater Hals über Kopf das Haus verlässt, ahnt die 14-Jährige noch nicht, dass damit eine Welt für sie zusammenbricht. Schon bald muss sie erfahren, dass ihr Vater, den sie immer für einen bedeutenden Londoner Geschäftsmann und Gentleman gehalten hat, ein stadtbekannter Betrüger und Spieler ist.Mutterseelenallein bleibt Hannah in dem großen Haus zurück. Jetzt gibt es nur noch einen Menschen, der zu ihr steht: ihr ehemaliger Hauslehrer Thomas Behr. Thomas weiß um Hannahs ausweglose Situation und möchte sie vor Schlimmerem bewahren. Sogleich schmiedet er Pläne für eine gemeinsame Zukunft und hält um Hannahs Hand an. Doch Hannah weist ihn zurück. Wie könnte sie, die Tochter eines Edelmanns, einen bürgerlichen Studenten heiraten?Dann schlägt das Schicksal ein zweites Mal zu und Hannah landet im Newgate-Gefängnis. Das Urteil: sieben Jahre Strafkolonie in Australien, am anderen Ende der Welt. Während der gefahrenvollen Seereise lernt sie nicht nur Hunger und Elend kennen, sondern auch Grausamkeit, Entwürdigung und Gewalt. Aber noch immer gibt sie ihren Traum vom großen Glück nicht auf...Zur Autorin:Lili Wilkinson, geboren 1981, lebt in Melbourne, Australien. Seit ihrem sechsten Lebensjahr denkt sie sich Geschichten aus, von denen bereits einige veröffentlicht wurden. Sie schreibt u.a. für diverse Zeitschriften und arbeitet im Zentrum für Jugendliteratur der Staatsbibliothek von Victoria. Ihr Interesse an Jugendliteratur überrascht nicht, denn Lili Wilkinson ist die Tochter der erfolgreichen Autorin Carole Wilkinson (z.B. "Hüterin des Drachens", Dressler). "Hannah sah über die graue, öde Landschaft und schauderte. So weit das Auge reichte, nur braunes spitzes Gras und dann und wann ein verwitterter Zaun oder eine Gruppe knorriger Bäume. Sie kam sich sehr klein vor. Die Elster hob ab und flog in den grauen Himmel." (Seite 376)Rezension:Lili Wilkinson entführt den Leser in "Scatterheart" in das England des 19. Jahrhunderts, genaugenommen nach London in das Jahr 1814. Die Geschichte um die 14jährige Hannah Cheshire macht klar, inwieweit Frauen in dieser Zeit in ihrem Handeln und Tun unterdrückt wurden und wie schnell sich ein wohlbehütetes Leben in ein Sträflingsdasein verwandeln kann.Die Hauptprotagonistin Hannah erschien bis zur Mitte des Romans sehr naiv in ihrem Handeln und Denken, was aber durch ihre Herkunft und ihr bisheriges Leben erklärt werden kann. Dies ändert sich im Laufe der Geschichte und man kann Hannahs Weiterentwicklung sehr anschaulich mitverfolgen."Scatterheart" ist sehr flüssig geschrieben und die Kapitel schön überschaubar eingeteilt. Mehr als überzeugend wurde vor allem das Elend von Gefangenen und auch die Schiffsüberfahrt nach Australien (die damals ein gutes halbes Jahr dauerte) dargestellt, was das Buch auch für Erwachsene interessant gestaltet.Der Roman wird ab 12 Jahren als Jugendbuch empfohlen, wobei ich hier ein Lesealter von 14 Jahren für angemessen halte, da manche Szenen nicht unbedingt für Kinder dieses Alters geeignet sind.Zur Gestaltung des Buches: Ein Blickfang ist das schön gestaltete lila Cover mit einer passenden Grafik von Hannah (oder Scatterheart) und einem Schiff. Diese und auch der Titel sind in Glitzeroptik überzogen, was wirklich edel aussieht und sich schön im Bücherregal macht. Zum Anfang jeden Kapitels wird auch das Märchen von "Scatterheart", dem flatterhaften Mädchen, stückweise weitererzählt, und man erfährt somit die Parallelen zwischen Hannah und diesem schönen und auch traurigen Märchen.Fazit: Ein nicht nur für Jugendliche interessanter historischer Roman, der mitfiebern lässt und zeitgleich auch gut unterhält.Wertung: 4 von 5 Punkten

  • Jule
    2019-06-08 11:05

    „Scatterheart“ von Lili Wilkinson erzählt am Beispiel der 15-jährigen Hannah Cashire, die als Sträfling nach Australien kommt, die Geschichte eines ganzen Kontinents.Hannah ist eine junge Dame von Stand. Doch als sie erfährt, dass ihr Vater ein gesuchter Krimineller ist, will sie es nicht glauben. Von diesem Moment an ändert sich ihr gesamtes Leben. Zuerst landet sie im Londoner Gefängnis und wird schließlich nach Australien deportiert. Der Gedanke an ihren Hauslehrer Mr. Behr, den sie überheblich von sich gewiesen hat, hält sie aufrecht. Doch wird sie ihn überhaupt jemals wiedersehen?Hannah Geschichte ist ein Beispiel für die von Tausenden von Sträflingen, die für verschiedene, oft lächerliche Vergehen nach Australien deportiert wurden. Die Geschichte spielt um 1814, als die Besiedlung Australiens gerade begann.Wilkinson versteht es, den Leser in ihren Bann zu ziehen und sehr starke Emotionen in ihm zu wecken. Gleich am Anfang, als Hannah ins Gefängnis gesteckt wird, ist man schockiert und angewidert von den Zuständen. Man fühlt sich bedrängt in dem kleinen Raum mit über 20 Menschen, riecht förmlich den Gestank und spürte die Kälte des Londoner Winters. Zusammengepfercht entsteht eine Atmosphäre der Gefahr, Ausweglosigkeit und Verzweiflung. Je weiter man liest, desto schlimmer wird es. Und obwohl man die arrogante Hannah anfangs gar nicht leiden kann, fühlt man doch mit ihr mit. Erst recht als man den Grund für ihre Festnahme erfährt.Dieser ist so ungerecht und wird so intensiv dargestellt, dass der Leser am liebsten ins Geschehen eingreifen würde, jedoch zur Untätigkeit verbannt ist.Es bleibt nur weiter zu lesen, was aufgrund des herrlich fließenden Schreibstils der Autorin ein Vergnügen ist.Obwohl die Sträflinge lange Zeit auf See sind und somit auch über 200 Seiten auf dem Schiff spielen, kommt keine Langeweile auf. Es werden viele schreckliche Dinge beschrieben, die für den Leser noch schlimmer werden, weil er weiß, dass sie nicht der Fantasie der Autorin entspringen, sondern wirklich so oder so ähnlich geschehen sind.Ein weiterer positiver Aspekt der Geschichte ist die Entwicklung der Figuren, die insbesondere Hannah durchläuft. Unter solch schrecklichen Umständen lernt sie viel über das wirkliche Leben, dem sie vorher nie begegnet ist und über die vornehme Gesellschaft, die in Wahrheit wenig vornehm ist. Erstaunlich ist auch, wie die sozialen Schichten durch die unterschiedlichen Sprachstile gekennzeichnet sind. Long Meg entstammt der Unterschicht und redet stets vulgär daher, trotzdem ist sie viel klüger als Hannah. Diese spricht sehr vornehm und höflich, doch weiß nichts vom Leben außerhalb ihres Hauses.Die Charaktere sind vielseitig und stecken voller positiver und negativer Überraschungen.Das Cover von „Scatterheart“ macht mit seiner violetten Farbe und viel Glitzer den Eindruck eines Romans für Mädchen. Doch die Geschichte um Hannah ist viel mehr als man auf den ersten Blick meint. Sie erzählt einen Teil der Geschichte Australiens, und auch wenn einen der geschichtliche Aspekt weniger interessiert, wird man von den unterschiedlichen Personen, den Orten und den schrecklichen Geschehnissen einerseits schockiert und andererseits fasziniert sein.Hannah Geschichte hat mich sehr bewegt. Ich muss auch nach dem Lesen noch oft an Szenen aus dem Buch zurückdenken, die aufgrund ihrer Intensität tief in mir hängen geblieben sind. „Scatterheart“ kann ich daher sehr empfehlen, man lernt viel dazu und wird zum Nachdenken angeregt, auch über sich selbst.

  • TheCosyDragon
    2019-06-14 08:20

    I originally reviewed this book on my blog - The Cosy Dragon. For more recent reviews by me, please hop over there.Hannah is Quality. She is one of the born aristocrats of London, but her father leaves her behind. A series of misunderstandings later and Hannah finds herself on a ship to Australia. Hannah has always been selfish, but the long trip and the factories afterwards open her eyes to enjoying what she actually has.Hannah develops beautifully as a character, and it is obvious that lots of research has gone into this book. Wilkinson has a gift for bringing history to life. The majority of tortures written into the book actually occurred, and that is what makes this a historical fiction, as far as I am concerned.I felt driven to finish this book, even though I knew what the outcome would be. It wasn't a badly written book, like some others I have read recently, but it just wasn't my style. For a book that says it is 'fantasy', it doesn't cut it for me. The only fantasy element that I could see were the short fairytale sections put in as hallucinations or flashbacks, as well as the chapter verses.I really want to blame disliking this book on it being written by an Australian author. But at the same time, some of my other favourite authors are Australian (think Isobelle Carmody). Maybe it is just the Australian content. I will probably try more books by this author, just not from this pseudo-fantasy genre.This book has been long listed for a number of awards, and has glowing reviews elsewhere, if historical fiction is your thing and you think you want a more unbiased opinion. There is an underlying romance in this book that also might appeal to others - again, it's not really my thing, and I couldn't tell you if it is representative of its kind.I picked up this book by mistake at the library. It was right next to another set of books by Carole Wilkinson which I really enjoyed, and the spines of the covers looked very similar. Both sets of books are published by Black Dog Books.The level of gross in this book is pretty high. There's torture, sex, theft; a whole range of fantastic bad things! I'd recommend this book for teenagers, not children by any means.

  • ri
    2019-05-27 10:00

    London, 1814Hannahs Vater stürzt eines Abends ins Haus, packt ein paar Sachen und verschwindet wieder, auf Geschäftsreise. Doch einiges spricht dagegen. Hannah, wohlbehütet aufgewachsen, 14 Jahre alt, merkt allerdings erst etwas später das irgendwas nicht richtig ist. Leider ist es da schon zu spät.Es ist nicht alles Gold was glänzt, dieses Sprichwort muß Hannah am eigenen Leib erfahren, doch bis dahin ist es ein langer Weg für Sie. Genauso wie für Scatterheart, das flatterhafte Mädchen, aus dem Märchen, welches ihr Hauslehrer öfter erzählte. Jeweils ein Fitzel Märchen gibt es vor jedem Kapitel, wie passend doch das Märchen ist.Zum einen wird hier das wohlbehütete Bild des 19ten Jahrhunderts gezeigt, zum anderen aber auch das der Armut und des Verrats wg. des eigenen Lebens.Hannah wirkt die erste Zeit sehr naiv, eingebildet und herablassend, doch mit der Zeit erkennt sie, dass das eigentliche Leben bescheidener und voller Gefahren ist. Diese werden in einer sehr verständlichen Sprache und teilweise deftigen Szenen dem Leser näher gebracht. Eine interessante Beleuchtung der Epoche, besonders aus der jugendlichen Sicht und aus der Sicht beider Schichten (reich und arm). Besonders aber aus der Sicht einer jugendlichen Frau, die erfahren muß, wie leicht man für etwas verurteilt wird, was man gar nicht begangen hat.Allein der Umgang ist ziemlich ruppig und entwürdigend, das muß Hannah leider auch erfahren.Lili Wilkinson schafft es einen ans Buch zu fesseln, man möchte unbedingt wissen, ob es Hannah gut geht oder auch besonders ob sie ihr Herz wieder findet. Plastische Schilderungen mögen manchmal etwas hart ausfallen, doch unterstreicht die Härte nur noch das entwürdigende Fristen als Frau/Vieh an Bord. Durch die genauen Beschreibungen der Autorin hat man auch das Umfeld genau vor Augen, sei es in London, an Bord oder in Australien selbst. Ein kleiner Roadmovie läuft beim Lesen ab.Fazit:Ein interessanter Einblick in das England des 19. Jahrhunderts aus der Sicht einer Jugendlichen.

  • Keksisbaby
    2019-06-01 06:53

    Gerade war Hannah noch eine behütete Tochter der Oberschicht und im nächsten Moment findet sie sich in einem der schlimmsten Gefängnisse von London wieder. Ihr Vater ein notorischer Spieler hat das Land verlassen und die Heiratsanträge ihres Hauslehrers hat Hannah hochmütig von sich gewiesen. Jetzt lernt sie das Leben von der schmutzigen Seite kennen. Wegen Diebstahls verurteilt erwartet sie nun eine Strafkolonie in Australien, doch die Reise dahin ist beschwerlich und alles andere als ungefährlich. So mancher hat sein Ziel nie erlangt. Die harte Zeit lehrt das Mädchen, dass Hochmut nicht satt macht und schlecht fürs Überleben ist. Auf dem neuen Kontinent angekommen, macht sie sich wagemutig daran, ihr Schicksal nicht mehr passiv hin zu nehmen, sondern sich selbst auf die Suche nach ihrem Glück zu begeben.Ein nettes Märchen darüber wie ein flatterhafter, verwöhnter Teenager, zu sich selbst findet und ein Fingerzeig, dass man nichts als gegeben hinnehmen soll, denn von einem Tag auf den anderen kann sich das Blatt wenden. Die Story wird verknüpft mit dem Märchen von Scatterheart, von dem jeweils am Anfang eines Kapitels ein Stück erzählt wird. Scatterheart ein Mädchen mit ebenso einem flatterhaften Herzen wie Hannah, dass sich ebenso auf eine beschwerliche Reise begeben muss, um begangene Fehler zu sühnen. Manchmal tat mir die Protagonistin schon fast leid, weil man als Leser das Unheil am Horizont kommen sieht und ihr zurufen möchte: „Tu’s nicht! Wähle deine Worte etwas weiser.“. Aber Hannah ist eben jung und kannte das Leben nicht anders. Ein Leben in London, wo junge Damen nun mal nur Gentleman heiraten und keine armen Akademiker. Der Autorin gelang es mich mitzunehmen, auf eine Reise ans andere Ende der Welt und auf die Selbstfindung der Hauptfigur und mich in eine Märchenwelt zu entführen wo Eisbären sich in junge schöne Prinzen verwandeln. Einfach das richtige Buch für einen kalten Wintertag auf der Couch.

  • Sabine
    2019-06-24 13:20

    Hannah ist 14 Jahre alt als ihr behütetes Leben vorbei ist. Ihr Vater, von dem sie dachte er wäre ein angesehener und reicher Gentleman, macht sich aus dem Staub und hinterlässt seiner Tochter nur Schulden. Hannah wuchs mit Kindermädchen und einem Privatlehrer auf. Thomas, ihr Lehrer, ist selbst nur 5 Jahre älter als sie und bringt Hannah viel mehr bei als von ihrem Vater gewünscht. Er möchte nicht, dass seine Tochter ein Blaustrumpf wird, doch Thomas hält sich nicht an die Vorgaben. Als das Unglück über Hannah hereinbricht, will sie die Tatsachen nicht glauben. Thomas will sie vor dem Gefängnis bewahren und macht ihr mehrfach Heiratsanträge, doch diese lehnt Hannah stolz ab. Schließlich ist er nur ein Mann von einfachem Stand und sie kommt aus guten Hause. Doch ihr Hochmut vergeht ihr schon bald als sie ins Londoner Gefängnis gesteckt wird. Der Richter befindet sie für schuldig und sie wird dazu verurteilt als Sträfling in die neuen Kolonien nach Australien zu gehen. Anfangs ist Hannah noch hochmütig und will nicht glauben, dass ihr Vater sie einfach so im Stich gelassen hat aber es ist eine lange Reise und Hannah muss so manches auf die harte Tour lernen.Das Märchen von Scatterheart wird zu Anfang eines jeden Kapitels fortführend erzählt. Und das Märchen ist mit Hannah und ihrem Thomas verbunden und findet sich auch im Buch wieder, da Thomas ihr das Märchen erzählt hat als er anfing Hannah zu unterrichten.Nette Unterhaltung für zwischendurch aber doch eher für Jugendliche als für Erwachsene gedacht. Trotzdem gebe ich 3 Sterne weil ich mich wirklich gut unterhalten gefühlt habe, auch wenn es stellenweise etwas langatmig war.

  • Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
    2019-06-26 10:54

    This book was Outstanding. Couldnt put it down till the end, there were never a time that i got bored. the story was impressively written by the author,LW. A YA novel with a combination of Romance, Historical, and suspense. I myself recently moved in Australia and hardly knew of its history. The story was set in Old London, where convicts either get hanged or transported in the place called New South Wales which i believe is here in Australia (east o'f the sun and west o' the moon). the author said that some of the things that happened in her book are unfortunately not from her imagination, that they all happened righ there in Australia. ofcourse some of it are just fiction. I dont really know how to feel about the girl Hannah, i didnt like how she ditched commoner Thomas, how proud she was as being one of Quality, but still, I think that what makes the story a lot better. Our Hannah is obviously flawed. that made me love this book =) Hanna is a Quality, and young Thomas Behr is her tutor, a commoner. One day, her father decided to sack Thomas, for he believed Thomas is no longer needed his service. Then one night, Hannah's father left and never came back, Thomas who loves her so much came for Hannah and offered her a marriage and to come with him to NSW. but Hannah who was misled by his father, said no that she is only to marry someone like her, of Quality and that her father will come home soon. Thomas whos heart was broken by this fled and left. From there, her life will never be the same again....well i hope i make sense im so all over this book that i dont know whats the right word to describe it. And by the way, Lovely cover isn't it?

  • Amanda
    2019-06-01 10:08

    Scatterheart by Lili Wilkinson begins in London in 1814. The main character, Hannah Cheshire is a fifteen year old girl and an only child. She lives with her father and believes that they are a wealthy family. Even though Hannah has a tutor, Thomas Behr, she is quite naive when it comes to the world and her father has spoilt her. After a series of events, Hannah is arrested and sent to prison. Soon she and 200 other women are boarded onto a convict ship and they are on their way to Sydney, Australia.I found Scatterheart at my local library along with another of Lili's books, Angel Fish. I'd never heard of her before but I borrowed the books because she's an Australian author. I didn't know what to expect from Scatterheart but what I discovered was a historical account of the life of a convict on her journey to Sydney as well as a fantasy element. The fantasy is in the form of a story about a girl, Scatterheart and a polar bear. This beautiful story is woven into Hannah's story and adds another level to the book.I enjoyed the development of the characters, in particular Hannah's growth from a spoilt, naive girl to a strong woman and I also enjoyed the personalities of her friends Meg and Molly.I read this book in one day as I just had to know what happened to Hannah, her friends and Thomas and while I didn't love Australian history in school I found myself really enjoying the history and the story that this book had to offer.

  • Melanie
    2019-06-13 08:20

    Das Buch sieht so zuckersüß und verspielt, so zauberhaft aus, aber lasst euch vom Einband nicht täuschen. Es kommt keine Liebesgeschichte darin vor, sondern eine lange beschwerliche Reise der Protagonistin auf einem Sklavenschiff Richtung Australien. Mich hat der Klappentext angesprochen und ich habe mich ernsthaft gefragt, ob das Cover nicht etwas in die Irre führt, denn viele erwarten bestimmt eine Romanze und Herzschmerz. Gerade weil mich das Buch mit einer ganz anderen, als von mir gedachten Geschichte fesseln konnte, ist es schon jetzt eines meiner gelesenen Lieblinge 2017 geworden.Manche Passagen in dem Buch sind recht brutal und eindringlich, davor sei gewarnt. Ansonsten besticht Scatterheart durch einen packenden Schreibstil der Autorin und einem Hauch von Abenteuer. Ein Kritikpunkt sei angemerkt: Im Laufe des Buches reagiert die Protagonistin etwas weltfremd und spinnt sich eigenartige Gedankengänge zusammen. Diese sollten wohl schon mal auf das spätere Ende vorbereiten, in meinen Augen waren ihre Gedanken bezüglich des "Verflossenen" aber nicht nachvollziehbar, sondern zu weit hergeholt. Das Ende wirkte auf mich dann relativ lieblos und zu schnell abgehandelt.Mein FazitWäre das Ende mit noch mehr Phantasie ausgestattet gewesen, es gäbe die volle Punktzahl! So bleibt ein sehr schönes, abenteuerliches Jugendbuch / Erwachsenenbuch übrig, was ich mit Feuereifer gelesen habe.

  • ReaderSP
    2019-06-22 12:03

    I, like many others, was first attracted to this book by the cover. I love the whimsical look and decided that the book would be worth a go. I know that you should not judge a book by its cover but sometimes you should! I am in Australia and had to order this book from the UK to read it but I’m glad I did.The story follows Hannah, a spoiled rich girl whose life is turned upside down when, her money suddenly gone, she is sent on a convict ship to Australia. There is a lot of the book dedicated to the trip to Australia but there is a lot of stuff that happens. Hannah meets various characters that help (or hinder) her during the rough journey and also when she arrives in Australia. Each chapter starts with a snippet from a fairytale story that Hannah’s old tutor used to tell her. This adds the mystical element to the story and the snippets relate well to Hannah’s real-life situations at the time. I’m not sure if this is a young adult’s book but it really suits all ages as it is quite easy to read. Part love story, part adventure story, part fairytale leads you on a trip halfway across the world with a nice central character.

  • Fariha
    2019-06-23 09:01

    I loved this. It will definitely not be everyone's cup of tea but I thought it was beautiful. Magic and fairytale woven into a wonderdul plot with realistic characters. Hannah's character grows and matures so much; THIS is what it means to have character development!! Not to mention all the characters Hannah meets throughout the novel; they have to be one of the most surprising set of characters in a novel I've read. Those I began hating I eventually loved with all my heart. AND THE FAIRYTALE ELEMENTS!!! East of the Sun and West of the Moon is an old Norwegian folk tale about a girl who marries a white bear who is really a cursed prince. I think one of the reasons I loved this books is because of my love for this tale. Another of my favourite books is East By Edith Pattou which is also based on the same folk tale. I would definitely recommend for anyone who like magical tales, quests of some sort with a goal to reach, with lessons to be learnt along the way and magic and fairytale infused with every page.

  • Lucy Ramsdale
    2019-06-26 13:13

    Historical, realistic, fairytale, disturbing all at once.This is such an incredible, unique, amazingly written story. It's 1814 and a 14 year old London girl of 'Quality' is wrongly accused of a crime and is sent to Australia as a convict. It doesn't skimp on the details or sugar coat anything. Hannah and the other convicts go through so much and I felt their pain, disappointment, sense of injustice and their moments of hope as I was reading. There were times when I was on the verge of tears pleading out loud to the book for things to work out. I don't remember a time when I've ever been so emotionally invested in a story. I'm still pretty choked up and I know this will stay with me.It's even good enough for me to overlook some grammar fails and that's really saying something. One of the best books I've ever read. Very glad I picked this up by chance at the library.

  • Hallie
    2019-06-26 06:57

    I thought the premise of this book was wonderful - linking the fairy tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" with the historical story of a girl convicted of theft in 19th century London and transported to New South Wales. The problem I had with it as an enjoyable read was that the protagonist is so naive for so much of the book, and - although it's understandable given her upbringing - a snob and a half, too. That just makes for tough reading, or rather, it makes for a different kind of tough reading. What happens to Hannah after she's abandoned by her worthless father is horrific, and the villains she encounters during her long voyage to Australia are some of the nastiest imaginable. But it still wasn't a book I could say I loved, despite admiring it quite a bit. Will definitely look for other books by the author.

  • Chloe
    2019-06-19 13:06

    This was the first ever book I read in one day and it transported me to another world, even though essentially that world was the same country I was living in. I didn't think much of historical fiction or Australian history until this book, yet I am now writing my honours thesis on both. While this book does conform to some of the text book "what it was like" historical fiction which can be tiresome, the overarching plot shaped by Hannah's character development was truly wonderful to read. I was eighteen when I read this book and a little old for it, but it still remains one of the most pleasurable reading experiences I have ever had. A real coming of age novel for me. Wilkinson is a local treasure.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-25 08:03

    Highly enjoyable historical fiction about a young naive girl, abandoned by Dad who has squandered the family fortune, leaving her alone and penniless. Accused of theft, albeit falsely, she is locked in a London jail and eventually deported to Van Deiman's Land as a convict. The novel follows her journey across the oceans and into Sydney as she searches for the one person from her previous life that she has left and whom she cares about: her ex tutor. Somehow this novel, although young adult fiction, held me from the very beginning. I found it highly enjoyable, although at times brutal and quite confronting in some respects. On a technical note, proofreading of the final manuscript leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Kay Kay
    2019-05-27 10:19

    I thought that Scattereart was an okay book, however I found hannah too whinny and posh for my liking. She doesn't know what she wants and hurts other people in the process whilst expecting them to help her as soon as she wants them. (aka Thomas)It wasn't my favourite book. I thought that it was sad (what happened to meg and Hannah) and I found my self wallowing in pity for Hannah and others.On the other hand, I thought that the writing was really bad, it got very boring very quickly and completely dashed my hopes for thinking that it was going to be a great book.It was a good book, (heading towards the bad) but not a great book.

  • Maia
    2019-06-11 10:12

    its been a while since i've read this one but im giving it five stars for staying with me so long...i think partly why i love it so much isnt just because of the Australian history element but because this is a book that doesnt need some dramatic love story to make me love the protagonist...although when you think about it everything she does is for love...but Hannah is a character thats so strong and who gives you such hope that even though its been ages since i've read it i still remember those as her defining characteristics. she was spoilt at the beginning but i never felt that anything she did was false or untrue to her character. i think i need to reread this!

  • Ashley
    2019-06-10 14:57

    Hannah must travel east of the sun, and west of the moon...Scatterheart is a beautifully written novel about a girl called Hannah, set in the early 1900's. Hannah is rich and spoiled, when her dad goes bankrupt and she is left with nothing, alone on the streets. After being sentenced to transportation, the story is about the hard, brutal life on the ship, where she begins to understand herself. I love this book because it is so different to other historical fiction books, and because it is so well written. Lili Wilkinson weaves a myth into the story, which gives it an element of fantasy.

  • Sandra Schwarz
    2019-06-24 12:00

    The book was a bit of a disappointment. The story of a rich, spoilt girl who is thrown into real life due to a misunderstanding sounded promising. However the whole book has the feel of a delirium moving from one disaster to another. The author touches a lot of very interesting topics but doesn't go into their depth which is a pity. The whole story is more like a airy fairy tale. It feels like something is missing. I was left wanting more.... Still the story is intriguing and I guess the deficiency is owned to the fact that this is a young adult novel.

  • Sophie
    2019-06-16 14:54

    A historical novel for young adults that made me feel like a teenager again, because it made me remember one of my favorite books when I was younger, Abby Lynn by Rainer M. Schröder. Scatterheart, too, is a story about a young woman who due to various circumstances suddenly finds herself on the way to Australia, and it's a very unpleasant journey. It's a good book, and really engrossing - I finished it pretty much in one go on one afternoon.

  • Lilliane
    2019-05-29 13:21

    I hated this book so much that I was compelled to throw it straight in the bin. Instead, I donated it to a library so that someone else could feel the strong rage that this book evokes. There's something about the protagonist and her continuous naivety that drove me mad. She was too dumb to be realistic and I couldn't put it down because each page brought her into an even worse situation. If there was an option to rate it -10000 stars then I would.

  • Yashi
    2019-06-09 08:20

    I'm not even done with the book yet and I'm lovin' it like ANYTHING!! It's a very different book.. I'm on page 208 (yes, just before ch. 22) and I love tht ending of this particular page SOO much! Just one thing.. I wanted James to be a real, actualy gentleman in Hannah's life...!(23.9.10) Finally finished it today!! Awesome book! Must read for romance=thriller lovers..! (especially teens.... I guess..!)