A Cage of Butterflies

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 1992 - Caring - 164 pages
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"We're like a new toy... or a new energy source, and they're just playing with us, experimenting. Working out what we can do. What they can do with us." Mikki and the others live at "the farm" - an advanced learning facility, a think-tank for a bunch of young people with very high IQs. But what is really going on at the farm? And what about the five much younger children known as the Babies, frail as butterflies?
 

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This book is a bit of a puzzle - you get all the pieces as you read along. I read it as a teenager and loved it. Highly recommended!

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Contents

PROLOGUE A Beginning and an End
1
PART ONE The Other Side of the Glass
5
GREGS STORY
7
Beginnings
11
MIKKIS STORY
14
Butterflies
16
SUSANS STORY
21
The Other Side of the Glass
27
SUSANS STORY
81
Ricky
84
ERIKS STORY
91
Down
95
GREGS STORY
105
Perfect Defence
109
MIKKIS STORY
114
A Much Bigger Pond
119

GREGS STORY
34
Breakthrough
38
MIKKIS STORY
42
Password
47
ERIKS STORY
52
Myriam
56
GREGS STORY
60
Learning Phase
64
PART TWO A Kind of Freedom
69
MIKKIS STORY
71
The Key to the Inside
76
SUSANS STORY
126
Ultimatum
129
ERIKS STORY
132
Ears and Eyes
136
GREGS STORY
142
Breaking Point
147
MIKKIS STORY
151
Point of No Return
155
EPILOGUE An End and a Beginning
161
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About the author (1992)

Brian Caswell spent his very early years in the mountains of Wales moving to England for seven years before emigrating with his family to Australia at the age of twelve. He remembers his mother writing and reading stories to the family, and of being immersed in books from an early age. He thinks he is the only kid to have a letter sent home to his parents asking them to stop him reading. Equally central to his life as reading is his love of music. Beginning at the age of ten he had a successful career as a singer and writer of songs - one of his songs made the top 40. In the late 70's he moved out of the music industry.

Brian started teaching in 1976. Of his years as a teacher he says-'I loved teaching; for twelve or fourteen years I loved it. But when I stopped loving it, I stopped loving it totally.' Teaching English was, in a roundabout way, what got Brian into writing. Around the mid-eighties he found that many of the books set for classroom study were no longer making any impression on students. So he thought he would write one himself. He admits his first book wasn't at all good - but it was good enought for Barbara Ker Wilson, the editor for young adult fiction at the University of Queensland Press to spend time with him pointing out what worked and what didn't. As an author on the shortlist in 1989, Brian found himself invited to schools to talk to kids about hi

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