Runaway Girl Author:Ruth Morris Twelve-year-old Joanne Mitchell lives with relatives and, when the story opens, is on her way to stay with yet another uncle and aunt in the Australian outback. Here Joanne is kept hard at work, scrubbing and burnishing the already unbearably spick-and-span farmhouse. — When she is due to be passed on to another branch of the family, she sets off... more » in a cart, drawn by Darkie, the horse who is her best friend. But the new uncle and aunt are nowhere to be found, so Joanne clips her hair off, calls herself Joe Casey, and sets off with the whole of Australia before her.
How this resourceful girl manages to live from day to day, and the adventures that befall her, Darkie, and the loveable puppy acquired along the way, make a most absorbing story.« less