A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

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A haunting story of war that will profoundly affect readers Young teenage boys will engage with the central character and the subject matter *Skip's an outsider. He's never fitted in. So he takes to the streets. Life there may be hard, but it's better than the one he's left behind, especially when he teams up with Billy, an old homeless man. Then come the bombs which bring little Max and Tia, the sad dancer with a tiny baby. Scavenging for food, living on love and imagination, Skip's fragile new family tries to hold out as war grips the city, but too soon tragedy strikes when Tia dies. Max, Billy, Skip and the baby move on, to an old farm where they try to find new hope.

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This Young Adult novel is the bittersweet story of runaway Skip who is living on the streets of an unnamed country when war breaks out. A boy without a home of his own, Skip finds an unlikely family among other outcasts. The book is written in a simple, direct style that makes the subject matter all the more painful. Skip is an artist and through his eyes we see the world in terms of light and colour - there is some beautiful, evocative imagery. The characters are finely drawn and engaging. A difficult subject is tackled sensitively and the writer manages to find beauty and hope even amid the brutality of war. * Newbooks * A Small Free Kiss In The Dark is both sad and hopeful in equal measures. I found it an emotional and thought provoking book, beautifully written in Skip's young voice which is captured with startling authenticity. * Unknown *

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Glenda Millard has written picture books, short stories and novels for children and young adults. Her book THE NAMING OF TISHKIN SILK was an Honour Book in the 2004 CBC Awards and shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. LAYLA QUEEN OF HEARTS was a winner in the 2007 Queensland Premier's Awards and was shortlisted in the CBC awards. KAITO'S CLOTH was also shortlisted in the 2007 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. She lives in Victoria, Australia. Visit Glenda at www.glendamillard.com.

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