Song of an Innocent Bystander

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Penguin Random House Australia, Sep 2, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 268 pages
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Nine-year-old Freda trapped in a restaurant with a fanatic and his gun. Survivor.
No parents to protect her, two men dead. Ten years later.
Live by the rules: keep yourself small, don't let them ask you questions. A dead man's words...
'Are you living a good life, Freda?'The answer lies in hunting down the ghosts of the past. Gripping and moving, The Song of an Innocent Bystander is a novel you won't easily forget.

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User Review  - dalzan - LibraryThing

Freda is trapped in a siege for 36 hours when she is 9 years old. Gradually she starts to identify with the gunman and enjoys holding his gun. The siege ends when Freda encourages the gunman to kill ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A searing account of violence with heartbreaking long-term effects. Ten years ago, Freda survived a siege in a family restaurant; she and 12 others were taken hostage by a lone gunman. Unlike another ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Ian Bone is the author of over 25 books which have been commended and shortlisted in numerous awards including the NSW Premier's Award, the Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction and the Family Awards for Children's Literature. He has nine titles that have been included in the Notable Books list by the Children's Book Council of Australia including Sleep Rough Tonight. His novel The Song of an Innocent Bystander was shortlisted for the South Australian Festival Awards for Literature, the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, and was nominated for inclusion on the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults list. Ian's work is published in the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany and Korea.

A graduate of the Australian Film and Television School, he has made many award-winning TV programs, and creates online educational programs and e-learning for tertiary students in his spare time. He has worked on children's television programs for ABC TV including Play School, Swap Shop, Couch Potato and Finders Keepers.

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