Black Water

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Penguin Group Australia, Apr 2, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 324 pages
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The wind, blasting up over the horizon from the south, carried with it the coldness of polar ice, and wielded it like a sword. Already the waves at the Heads would be heavy and huge, Farren knew, the gale rising so fiercely that there'd be wives down at the wharf waiting and praying for the boats to come back in . . .

When Farren Fox's father is missing at sea, all Farren wants is for his brother, Danny, to come home from Gallipoli. But when Danny does return from the war, he is vastly changed. And with the arrival of the mysterious child Souki, the sole survivor of a midnight shipwreck, the lives of both Fox brothers are altered forever.

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User Review  - dalzan - LibraryThing

Set during WW1. Farren lives on the coast. His mother is dead and father, a fisherman, is suddenly lost at sea. His brother is fighting at Gallipoli and returns wounded both mentally and physically ... Read full review

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A beautifully written novel - quite poetic and magical at times. Set in Queenscliff, Victoria - setting and wartime period is captured convincingly. Strongly drawn characters. Plot moves along at an engaging pace. Clever shift of allegiance for the reader from one brother to another as the story progresses. Would provide a challenging an engaging read for older students. Would be a deserving winner. 

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As a child, David Metzenthen was a nature boy; he loved fishing and farm work, exploring the bush, and being outdoors under the stars. He also lived very much inside his own head; feeling that the world was a place of unlimited adventure. He harboured dreams of becoming a cowboy, a fisherman, a farmer, a sailor, or a writer. Instead he left home at eighteen, with a copy of Jack Kerouac's On the Road for company, and hitch-hiked his way around New Zealand. Returning to Australia, David worked as a builder's labourer and advertising copy writer before finding success as a writer of books for children and young adults.

David Metzenthen now lives with his wife and two children in Melbourne and is one of Australia's top writers for young people. He has received many awards for excellence, including the 2000 CBCA Book of the Year Award: Older Readers for Stony Heart Country, a 2003 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Wildlight, and a 2003 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Boys of Blood and Bone. In 2004, Boys of Blood and Bone also won a NSW Premier's Literary Award and was an Honour Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Older Readers. His novel Black Water was an Honour Book in the 2008 CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Older Readers.

David's latest novel is Jarvis 24.

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