Subtitle: The Freedom Finders
By: Emily Conolan
Genre: YFA - Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: A & U Children
Published: 5 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781760294946


To find freedom, you must leave behind everything you've ever known. It is 1943. During the war, you rescue and hide an Australian airman near your small Italian village. He tells you that you can be anything you dream of - but those dreams are fast slipping away. As you make the leap for a new life, you find yourself facing life-and-death choices at every turn.

Can you overthrow the curse of bad luck that has plagued your family and prove yourself in a new land? You'll be asked to stand up to bullies, stage a mutiny, and make your contribution to one of the greatest engineering projects the world has ever seen. At every turn, the choice is yours. How far will you go for freedom?


You are the main character, a teenage girl who loves mathematics, in this choose your own adventure that begins in Italy in 1943 and could end quite quickly depending on your decisions!

But, more than likely, you will follow a course that will end up in Cooma, working on the Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric scheme.

It begins as Charlie, an Australian pilot parachutes down in the Italian countryside and you and your cousin Maria discover him and help him hide.

At the end of the war, Maria decides to follow Charlie to Australia and you follow soon after. With many decisions to make, this book is full of adventure and is set in an important time in world history and Australia’s further development as a migrant nation.

A great story for upper primary and lower secondary readers.

Reviewed by Rob