Song of an Innocent Bystander

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Penguin Random House Australia, Sep 2, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 268 pages
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Hostage.
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

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User Review  - jumpingjacks - LibraryThing

Psychological drama about a girl who (with others) was held hostage at 9 years of age. At 19 she examines her feelings and actions then and since during the seige A bit lengthy in the middle, but worth reading to the resolution Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Ian Bone is the author of over twenty-five books, which have been commended and shortlisted in numerous awards, including the NSW Premier's Award, the Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction (twice) 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, published in 2004. 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, was nominated for inclusion on the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults list, and is being adapted by a major Australian film director into a feature film. Love Cuts, Ian's most recent novel, was published in 2006..

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 is married with three children, and lives in Adelaide..

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