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Be Ready with Bells and Drums by Elizabeth Kata
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Aug 11, 12

Read from August 07 to 11, 2012

Found in an op shop and thought it looked interesting. When I looked it up on Goodreads it had another title "A Patch of Blue", and has also made into a film.

I much prefer this title for the book, the line is from a poem, which features in the story. This cover also gives nothing away about the rather disturbing ending, and I do wish I had not seen the other cover featured on Goodreads.

Selina is blind. She has been brought up by her mother who has no parenting skills or empathy whatsoever, and Selina is neglected and abused. One day she discovers 'Park" and all her energy is involved in getting back to this wonderful oasis. She is befriended in the park by a kind and gentle man who genuinely becomes interested in her situation.
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