Playing Beatie Bow
First Puffin edition, 1982
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (1980) and Puffin Books (1982)|
|31 January 1980|
The story concerns a 14-year-old girl named Abigail Kirk (formerly Lynette). While distraught over her parents' separation, she travels back in time as the result of a scary playground game. She finds herself involved with a shopkeeper's family in colonial Sydney-Town in the year 1873, where she meets Beatie Bow, a girl whose name appears in the game she was playing. Much of the book is set in real-life locations around Sydney's historical Rocks district.
According to a review by a scholar of today, Playing Beatie Bow falls somewhere between a children’s book and young-adult fiction.
A blog reviewer based in Queensland considers, "The real key to this [story line] is the coming-of-age of Abigail. In building up the wall to protect herself, she’s really shielded herself from other people around her and the things which hurt or affect them. Spending time away from her own problems helps open her eyes up to other people – and the very real things which shape their stories."
In 1986, the book was turned into a feature film also called Playing Beatie Bow. Made by the South Australian Film Corporation, the film starred Imogen Annesley as Abigail, Peter Phelps as Judah Bow and Mouche Phillips as the title character Beatie Bow.
- Abigail Kirk (formerly Lynette)
- Beatrice May Bow (Beatie Bow)
- Gilbert Samuel Bow (Gibbie)
- Robert Bow (Judah)
- Samuel Bow (Mr Bow)
- Dorcas Tallisker (Dovey)
- Justine Crown
- Vincent Crown
- Natalie Crown
- Katherine Kirk (mother of Abigail)
- Weyland Kirk (father of Abigail)
- Alice Tallisker
- Robert Bow
- Two Chinese
- Won - CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers (1981)
- Won - Canberra's Own Outstanding List: Fiction for Older Readers Award (1994)
- Book covers, Old Sydney, film stills: Retrieved 5 November 2015
- Review containing a detailed plot summary: Retrieved 5 November 2015
- Article recalling a school trip to Argyle Street area where the book is set: Retrieved 5 November 2015
- The full 1986 film is available on YouTube. Retrieved 26 July 2016.