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At 16, Davey's stuck between becoming the man his father wants him to be, and leaving behind the child he was. Before Davey gets a chance to grow up, however, his placid life is destroyed when his parents are murdered and his family farm "reclaimed." Neighboring farmers try to care for Davey by engaging him in their community of clubs, church, and boarding school, but one night Davey escapes, embarking on a harrowing trek away from civilization and toward revenge and redemption. Ian Holding's tense, sparse prose, vivid sense of place, and searing portrait of a boy in a situation almost beyond imagining make this an unforgettable debut.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9781552639177
Branch Call Number: HOLDI
Characteristics: vii, 243 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 08, 2010

it was slow at the start but by the end i was flying through it and didn't want to put it down. its worth reading if you're willing to push through the first half

its moving and its horrific. the kind of violence the boy witnesses will make anyone feel nauseas, but the author doesn't dwell on it makign it bearable. it really brings the problems of land distribution to light in a "human" way, and also has interesting things to say about vengeance.

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