It’s set in the goldfields in Australia in the mid 1800’s and depicts what it was like for kids attending school in colonial times.
Tom goes to school and hates it and his sister Kitty is forced to stay home and look after the household, as girls did back then.
Tom dares his sister to take his place at school so he can go off looking for gold (that’s why he’s giving her his hat in the picture on the cover).
Kitty goes to school disguised as Tom. But of course it’s something she can’t keep hidden forever – but it’s thanks to what she learns at school that the kids are able to find their missing Dad.
Tom’s Dare is all about life on the goldfields. Tom has a Chinese friend and the book also depicts their life and how the Chinese people were treated on the goldfields. The book was written for readers aged around 10+
It was so much fun doing the research for Tom’s Dare, and I liked the thought of a strong girl character who fought against the confines of the times (as I knew I would have:)
Tom’s Dare is available online through Pearson http://www.pearson.com.au/