Rescued by a Gorilla
Although Rescued by a Gorilla is the third part of a series of four, it stands alone, as important details are explained at the beginning and throughout the book. It fits neatly into the ‘ripping yarn’ genre, bowling along through the adventures of the twins and zipping from England, across to Australia and the Congo. The language and subject matter would suit KS2 ages and young people interested in or studying Victorian social history.
They would be caught up in details about deportation, the workhouse, working with canals and early missionaries. There is also a recipe and secret code to enjoy!
Christianity was an everyday part of a nineteenth century life but it is rarely mentioned in children’s fiction apart from going to church. Mary Weeks Millard drops the faith of her characters into the narrative as naturally as eating and sleeping.