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Joel and Craggs are in it together. They drink together, they flirt with petty theft together and, when Craggs turns violent, they face the consequences together too. That’s until Joel’s dad makes a deal with the police. Craggs is off to juvenile detention and Joel to solitary confinement.
Ninety days of fending for himself in a remote bush shack with no radio, telephone or fridge. Miles from anywhere, Joel starts to like his own company, till one day the past tracks him down. Craggs is on his doorstep and he hasn’t changed a bit.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘Deb Fitzpatrick has written a clean and realistic depiction of adolescent boys behaving badly. It is a cautionary tale and should resonate with a target audience that is sometimes difficult to reach.’ The Age
‘A good read for older teens.’ Herald Sun
‘Loyalty is the theme of this excellent first novel which delicately treads the minefield of adolescence gone wrong. Deb Fitzpatrick skilfully renders the ripple effect when a 15-year-old gets into the wrong company and enjoys it … it is more importantly freighted with fine writing and insights into human nature.’ Weekend Australian
‘This is a very well written novel. Joel is utterly believable and has a compelling voice.’ Reading Time
‘Fitzpatrick is a writer to watch. Highly recommended for readers 14-plus.’ The West Australian
‘The realistic plot excellent characterisation and development of relationships make this novel a worthwhile read for older teenagers.’ Magpies
‘… this is definitely a good read offering powerful lessons of resilience and self-reliance that will engage the type of audience who would most benefit from the more reflective aspects of the novel.’ Scan
CBCA Book of the Year Awards (Notable Book 2011)