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The Clockwork Forest

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'Life would be a whole lot easier if dead things had the decency to remain dead.'

Nothing is how it seems in the forest. Your best friend may turn out to be your worst enemy. A deadly poison might save your life. And two smiling children could become the most horrifying monsters of all.

Morton is sure of one thing, however. His four treasures are lost somewhere in this fores
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 3rd 2008 by Penguin Australia (first published 2008)
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Jun 30, 2013 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013, aussies
Ok. I admit that when I read The Shiny Guys, it took me a couple of days for the penny to drop and for me to get some of the things that happened in the book... I have given this one that time for things to fall into place and I'm still waiting.

I did pretty well but it was just the end that left me a little confused and as I type this, maybe the penny has dropped for this one. (view spoiler)
Wonderful real, gutsy lonely characters come together in this tale of circumstances.
Sometimes things happen and we just have to get on with it.
Sometimes we like and dislike someone at the same time.
Sometimes we have to trust our intuition in enticing and unusual situations because things and people aren't always what they seem to be.
Sad and lonely doesn't always mean unhappy and can even lead to more than one expected.

A great tale for a long drive which gave us many smiles and lots of laughs.
Oct 08, 2013 Tesh rated it liked it
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This book is well written, with a strong protagonist, but some of the stuff does get a little weird. Still, I've read it more than once, partly to 'get' it more and also because I generally enjoyed it.
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Doug MacLeod is a Melbourne-based writer and TV producer who has worked on many of Australia's most popular comedy shows, including The Comedy Company, Fast Forward, Big Girls' Blouse, The Micallef Program and SeaChange. He was also the script editor on Kath and Kim.

While he enjoys the TV work, he prefers writing books for young people. After leaving his full-time job in TV, Doug wrote the teenage
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Hannah sighed. ‘I suppose you’re right to distrust humans.’
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‘What if I climb a tree?’
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