The Other Side of The Family

Author: Maureen Pople
Reading Level: Young Adult
Number of Pages: 172

Katherine Tucker has been sent from London to stay safely in Australia with her mother's parents. When Japanese submarines invade Sydney harbor, Katherine is then shipped off to the interior to stay with her father's mother. Katherine has never met Grandmother Tucker, but her mother has told her plenty about the wealthy, crotchety old woman who was so upset about her son's choice of a bride that she refused to meet the young woman, disinherited her son, and refused to have anything to do with his family. What Katherine discovers when she arrives is an elderly, eccentric woman living in poverty, wearing makeshift clothes and stealing coal from the railroad tracks.