Josh

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For fourteen-year-old Josh, the village of Ryan Creek, settled by his great-grandfather, is a jungle--completely different from Melbourne, where he was born and raised. And the people he meets in Ryan Creek--his eccentric Aunt Clara, the two O'Connor boys and their beautiful sister Betsy, Laura and Harry Jones--are not only baffling but dangerous. Josh does everything wrong here. A dreamer and a poet, he is also strong-willed and uncompromising in his principles. His encounters with the young people of Ryan Creek...

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For fourteen-year-old Josh, the village of Ryan Creek, settled by his great-grandfather, is a jungle--completely different from Melbourne, where he was born and raised. And the people he meets in Ryan Creek--his eccentric Aunt Clara, the two O'Connor boys and their beautiful sister Betsy, Laura and Harry Jones--are not only baffling but dangerous. Josh does everything wrong here. A dreamer and a poet, he is also strong-willed and uncompromising in his principles. His encounters with the young people of Ryan Creek during his three-day visit begin with mutual bewilderment and confusion and move inexorably to an explosion of violence.

Ivan Southall is one of Australia's best-known and prolific writers for children and young adults. Four of his novels won the Children's Book of the Year Award from the Children's Book Council of Australia: Ash Road in 1966, To the Wild Sky in 1968, Bread and Honey in 1971, and Fly West in 1976. His work has been translated into 23 languages.

A fourteen-year-old poet visiting his great-aunt for a week is subjected to some strange treatment from the residents of Ryan Creek, a rural town in Australia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932425369
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Pages: 213
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Southall was born in Melbourne and grew up in the suburb of Surrey Hills. He started writing his first book when he was 14 and by the age of 20 had written four books, three of which were revised and published after World War II. During the war Southall served in the RAAF, based in England. At the end of the war he worked in England as a war historian for the RAAF. On his return to Australia he became a full-time writer, supplementing his income from farming his property in the Dandenong Ranges. Since 1950 he has written about 60 books, mostly for young people, and his books have been translated and published in 23 languages.

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