Invisible Thread by Maree Giles

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They can't take her baby away from her. 

Can they?

Australia 1970 - the State thinks fourteen-year-old Ellen Russell is uncontrollable. By living with her boyfriend Robbie, they deem her to be in 'moral danger'. Sentenced to six to nine months at the Gunyah Training Schools for Girls, Ellen is terrified. For in the holding room at the court, the graffiti says it all: Gunyah is hell on earth.

Keep quiet. Don't talk out of turn. Work hard. Even though Ellen is pregnant, there is no respite from the staff. They tell her she's not capable of bringing up her child, twisting the truth to get her cooperation. But however hard they try, they can't destroy the life-force between mother and child...

Drawing on an astonishing true story, Invisible Thread is the poignant, powerful debut novel from the award-winning short-story writer Maree Giles.