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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  9 reviews
After Tod's father abandoned the family, his mother moved them into their grandmother's crowded house. Overwhelmed at school, Tod finds himself lagging behind his classmates and becoming entangled in a destructive gang. After Tod compassionately buries a dead fox, a fox-spirit offers him the chance to become a fox himself. Will Tod choose his complex, human life or the sim ...more
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1994)
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Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Good old english reading assignments!
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Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really like the slightly dysfunctional family in this book and the way they are making the best of a bad situation. After a marriage breakup they are forced to move across the country and squeeze in with Grandma in her tiny house by the train tracks. Mum is focussed on making it as a stand up comedian and using the family as material for her routines. Two older sisters are coping with high school- boys, pressures of studying and fitting in. Grandma is grumpy due to having her house invaded but ...more
I first got this book in abridged audiobook format. I only liked to listen to it with my headphones, because there was swearing in it, and I was only ten years old, and feared my mother would take it off me if she found out this YA book wasn't quite appropriate for ten-year-olds.

Later, when I reached high school (which starts at age 12 in Australia), my brother was given this book for Christmas. Despite the fact that he didn't want it, he wouldn't let me borrow it to read it. One nig
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Tod's father has abandoned the family and moved back to England. Tod's mom has lost her job and moved herself and her three kids back in with her mother while she pursues her dreams of being a stand-up comedian.

Tod is having a hard time in school, a hard time with a gang called the breakers, and just a hard time, in general, adjusting to his new life in the country. His one respite is going to a nearby quarry and searching for the foxes that live there.

As Tod's life becom
Stef Rozitis
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rubinstein's characters are always so relatably flawed, so set in the real world of poverty and difficult family relationships- she navigates class and gender sensitively, without white-washing the reality or stereotyping she manages to have people we can recognize from contemporary Australian society. This book I liked even more because the setting was so obviously South Australia and I related to much of the negative culture in it.

It's a sad book- I wouldn't necessarily think every
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