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Description - A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard

Skip's an outsider, a quiet observer. He draws pictures to make sense of the world. He's never fitted in. So he takes to the streets. Life there may be hard, but it's better than the one he's left, especially when he teams up with old Billy. Then come the bombs which leave little Max in his care, and also Tia, the sad dancer, with her sweet baby, Sixpence. Scavenging for food, living on love and imagination.how long can Skip's fragile new family hold out as war grips the city?

'I love how outcasts, eccentrics and the uncommon qualities of being human emerge as heroes in Glenda Millard's novels. The authenticity of the characters comes from her willingness to expose her soul with every sentence.' Stephen Michael King

'This book shows how the kindness of strangers can often be purest, and how those who have nothing can be the richest people in the world.' Anna, age 15

'It made me think about what was important in life.' Keely, age 14

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741756586
ISBN-10: 1741756588
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 128mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard - Reviewed by (17 May 2011)

This books hurts. It's about a boy, who hates his family and runs away... and then the bombs start to fall in the city he's hiding in. But he does meet some amazing people on his travels, if only it was on better circumstances. There is Billy, the old and rough man who quietly lets Skip accoumpany him, Max, who is lost and waiting in the public library for his mother to pick him up and also Sixpence the baby and his mother Tia, who come to an abandoned theme park on the waterfront that Billy, Max and Skip decide to bunk down in. But War is around, and with that bad things happen all too often.

This book is heartwrenching and makes you wish even more that there were no wars, no one died and that things could always be happy. Seen in the eyes of a young boy who is forced to grow up too soon, this is a book that you must read, but never want to think of.


Author Biography - Glenda Millard

Glenda Millard began thinking about the main character for this book after noticing a newspaper headline about 'urban tribes', and she wondered what life would be like for a young homeless boy, living with people thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. While the backdrop for this story is war, her intention was to capture the indomitable nature of hope. Glenda has written picture books, short stories and novels for children and young adults. The Naming of Tishkin Silk was an Honour Book in the 2004 CBC Awards and shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Layla Queen of Hearts was a winner in the 2007 Queensland Premier's Awards and was shortlisted in the CBC awards. Kaito's Cloth was also shortlisted in the 2007 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.

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