Playing Beatie Bow is Ruth Park's 1980 novel that tells the story of a 14 year-old girl named Abigal Kirk. After her parents separate, she becomes distraught she travels back into time to Sydney-Town in 1873. There, she meets a girl called Beatie Bow. It is considered a children's-science fiction book and features a timeslip as a key plot element.
Upon release, Playing Beatie Bow received very positive reviews. On Amazon, the book has a rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. On book review aggregator Goodreads.com, the book has a very similar rating of 3.96 out of 5 stars. Reviewing the book for their blog, one reviewer wrote that: "This well-written coming-of-age, historical fiction juvenile novel by New Zealand-born Australian writer Ruth Park is deserving of all the awards and rave reviews it has garnered through the years."
The novel was also adapted into a film of the same name. It was released in 1986, directed by Donald Crombie, and starred Imogen Annesley and Peter Phelps in the roles of Abigal Kirk and Judah/Robert Bow, respectively. It received mostly mediocre reviews and was a major box office failure, only taking in 97,036 Australian dollars on a budget of 4.4 million Australian dollars. However, it was a success on home video.