A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

eBook - 2009
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"A captivating story about two young boys, an old tramp, a beautiful lost dancer and her sweet baby Sixpence - rag-tag survivors of a sudden war, playing happy families in the remnants of a fun fair until violence shatters their fragile world."-
Publisher: Crows Nest : Allen & Unwin, 2009.
ISBN: 9781741765601
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Anistasya
Nov 25, 2014

I enjoyed the voice of this book. Skip is an artist and it shows through in the way he describes the world he sees. I loved his character straight away, from the moment he lists the permission slips he wished he could give to his teacher. "Dear Mr. Kavanagh, Skip can't have any friends because he's been to seven schools in the last three years and doesn't have time to get to know anyone properly."
As Skip strikes out on his own, and then experiences the destruction of his city (in scenes which vividly reminded me of the Christchurch Earthquake), he discovers his own strength and the depth of caring a twelve-year-old can feel for an unlikely family.
I'd have given the book five stars, but for the slightly confusing action near the end which left a little too much to the imagination - I wasn't sure in one parts what was actually happening.
Still, the ending is good and the journey even better. A great read.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "After bombs are dropped on the city, a homeless man, teen and young boy head out to No Man's Land to find safety. When they reach an amusement park they meet a teenage girl and her young baby. Drama comes along with other people running from the war, and soldiers.

I really enjoyed this book - the story and characters were believable. It focused on how a family is not always biological: sometimes you can choose who is in your family, and that chosen family is just as important to you as a biological family would be. Though the backdrop of the story is war, that's not the main message."

BPLNextBestKids Oct 14, 2011

This is a haunting story. Skip has no parents, has been neglected by foster parents and runs from a school just as war breaks out in his city. He is befriended by an older homeless man named Billy. Soon they take in an abandoned boy Max, a young teenage girl Tia, and her baby Sixpenny, and find shelter in an amusement park. Surrounded by vicious thugs and soldiers, Skip and his friends are living life on the edge of war and never give up hope. The city of Sarajevo came to my mind throughout this story. Reviewed by volunteer LC

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jessiesoccer
Jan 10, 2011

An awesome story and very well written. It shows what we can do if we stick together. I like how the ending has a tragic side, but also a rejoicing side to it and it made me cry.

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Anistasya
Nov 25, 2014

Anistasya thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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