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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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. Farren struggles to remain positive. Their lives are changed when Souki, a young child, is washed up in a sea wreck. Interesting and well written.
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.