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Racing the Moon
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Michelle Morgan
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Racing the Moon

Michelle Morgan


Allen & Unwin

Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


216 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- It's the early 1930s and young Joe Riley knows the world is his oyster. He is involved in a few small enterprises, selling eggs to his neighbours, racing billycarts down the big hills of Glebe, getting up to mischief when he's supposed to be a cherubic altar boy. His Dad is an SP bookmaker, has a bit of a bad temper and is quick to lash out. When Joe finds that he isn't going to the local high school, but is being sent to a Catholic boarding school on the North Shore, his sunny world darkens. Away from his family, he experiences loneliness, discrimination and realises that one of the Brothers is not to be trusted - and he learns that the hard way, when he protects himself and finds the consequences are being sent to a reform school down on the south coast. But what is meant to be punishment turns out to be one of the most formative experiences of his young life… A colourful and historically accurate novel, inspired by the real-life experiences of the author's uncle. Ages 10-13 ~ Lindy


Joe Riley has to be a little creative to make pocket money in his rough and tumble neighbourhood of Glebe. He has watched his dad keep ahead of the law and he's sure that he can too, gambling on billycart races and selling farm-fresh eggs from his uncle's chook farm. But when his parents send him off to St Bartholomew's - a Catholic boarding school on the other side of the harbour - his carefree existence is a thing of the past. Homesick and lonely, he meets the darker side of human nature and finds himself at odds with the school, especially Brother Felix. Expelled from St Bart's, Joe is sent to a reform school on the south coast known as The Farm. Life is tough there for a boy from the city, but it's through working the land and tending the animals that Joe finds inner strength and peace, and rediscovers the thrill of true freedom.

By:   Michelle Morgan
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   210g
ISBN:   9781743316351
ISBN 10:   1743316356
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   January 2014
Recommended Age:   From 12
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Young adult ,  English as a second language ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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