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A dramatic story based on the historical fact of Point Puer, the boys' prison at Port Arthur, Tasmania. A boy convict, Edward Britton, 17, is the main character. He is good-looking, literate and well educated, compared to the other boys, and has been a Shakespearian child actor in London. He was transported for stealing from the acting troupe's kitty. He attracts the atten ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Lothian Children's Books
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Mar 28, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
I didn't really expect much from this book, but I ended up being really drawn into it. I found it surprisingly dark and mature for its intended audience.The story was engaging, and there's clearly been a lot of research done. That said, I felt as though the character of Edward was lacking - a bit too perfect and/or bland - and I felt as though there was some information dumps in the texts that could have been worked in better.
This was the bool I had to read in yr 10. It got me into reading again. I enjoyed it alot and it was the first book I actually read for school, since hen theres only been one other that i've finished and that was purely because it was short. :) really good book!!!
Dr Gary Crew, author of novels, short stories and picture books for older children and young adults, began his writing career in 1985, when he was a high school teacher. His books are challenging and intriguing, often based on non-fiction. As well as writing fiction, Gary is a Associate Professor in Creative Writing, Children's and Adult Literature, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensl ...more