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Claw of the dragon : the diary of Billy Shanghai Hamilton (My Australian Story)
Diary-style story of a Chinese boy who is kidnapped and forced to work on pearling ships around Queensland and the Northern territory.
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published 2008 by Scholastic Australia
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The version I read was called 'Snatched By Pirates.' Born what people believe under the shadow of a dragon with a birthmark of a dragon claw that the Chinese believe means the son will grow up to murder his father Billy Shanghai Hamilton has been in danger all his life. He lives with his adoptive family on Thursday Island. Always with suspicious looking people watching him. One day he is snatched by pirates and forced to work as a crew member on board a few ships he gets caught up in a world of ...more