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From the moment he saw her, wrapped in a blanket at the hospital, Jesse knew that he'd be the one to look after his little sister, Rachel. Mum was always on the move and always bringing home trouble. When his mum's appetite for destruction leads the little family into the arms of Ray Crow, beneath the charm and charisma, Jesse sees the brooding violence and knows that, this time, the trouble is real. But Jesse's just a kid and even as he tries to save his sister, he makes a fatal error that exposes them to the kind of danger he has sworn to protect Rachel from. As their little world is torn to pieces, the children learn that, when you are lost and alone, the only thing you can trust is what's in your blood.
Publisher: St Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780702239274
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 255 p. ;,23 cm.


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Dec 20, 2014

I loved this book. The story is told by Jesse, a 13 year-old boy who, with his 8 year-old sister, Rachel, struggle to survive the chaos, poverty, neglect and instability of life with their mother, Gwen. Gwen is constantly on the move – either running away from someone or chasing some hairbrained idea. She moves from one dodgy boyfriend to another in a life dominated by alcohol, drugs and partying. Throughout this, Jesse is determined to support and protect his little sister. He tells his story simply but with brutal honesty and gives us a vivid and authentic picture of their distressing predicament. Although this story is sad, both children are shown to be amazingly resourceful and resilient, and it is this that also imbues the story with hope.

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