ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ever since seeing Smithy fly over the Harbour Bridge at its opening, Joe dreams of being an aviator. His parents disapprove (his uncle died in WW1) but the flying lessons are also way beyond their means. Not daunted by that, Joe sets out to learn, taking on extra jobs and stashing away his money. In the meantime, his family are facing their own problems, as the Depression and living in the tough suburb of Glebe make life difficult enough. But sometimes achieving your dream comes at a great cost, as Joe learns… A sequel to Racing the Moon, but it is not at all necessary to have read it to enjoy this detailed depiction of life in the 1930s. Lindy Jones
It's not easy being a teenage boy growing up in the tough neighbourhood of Glebe in the 1930s. It's even harder when your dream is to become an aviator, your parents are dead against it, and your girlfriend's father is the School Principal. But Joe has even bigger challenges he must face and obstacles to overcome in order to achieve his dream. He has come up with a plan and won't let anyone stand in his way.