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Liu Jo Wei

By Yvonne Horsfield - Illustrated By Garth Horsfield - ISBN: 9781922851413

RRP: $29.95

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Author Bio

Yvonne is a retired school teacher with specialised experience working at Sovereign Hill and the Art Gallery of Ballarat as an Education Officer over the past 22 years.
She has recently completed a Ph.D. to research her Chinese connections with the Tong Way family, covering four generations of their life in Ballarat.
The story is about her uncle Joe who came here from China as a child and it tells of his many difficulties settling into his new life and provides young readers with understanding and insights into the struggle for acceptance when faced with being so different. 

Liu Jo Wei

By Yvonne Horsfield - Illustrated By Garth Horsfield - ISBN: 9781922851413

RRP: $29.95

Liu Jo Wei is a true tale

based upon the experiences of a young
Chinese boy who arrived with his father and step mother at the
goldfields of Little Bendigo, Ballarat in late 1891.
He looked very different, spoke no English, wore strange
clothes and had a weird hairstyle.
Coming to live in a very strange, foreign land far from his home village
in China meant life for Liu Jo became very difficult…
This is his story!

*Age recommended 8 to 12 years old


"A fascinating historical account of a young boy's difficulty and hardship. Showcases triumph over adversity with a happy ending for all..." Peter, Indie Book reviewer



Garth has primarily been a figure painter for most of his creative life, though he also enjoys illustrating and producing whimsical sketches, such as for his mother’s series of children’s books.
Recently completing a Bachelor of Visual Art after a long hiatus, now he paints and draws in his home studio in Ballarat and wishes to focus mainly on art, music and related fields of creativity.




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