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This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.

Dan had to go,
He felt he had no choice,
but leaving home was never
going to be easy . . .

Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it's a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

When they are taken under the wings of a group of would-be soldiers marching over the mountains to join up for the Great War, Dan and Eddie's journey becomes something quite unexpected.  The experiences they share will shape their future beyond recognition.

This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 3, 2011


    208 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook


    September 28, 2011

    Penguin eBooks

    204 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Honour Award
    Older Readers
  • Prime Minister's Literary Award
    Young Adult Fiction
  • Sakura Medal (Japan)
    Children's Book
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    Fiction for Years 7–9

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Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky
The Black Dog Gang
My Name is Will Thompson


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Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (BK1)
The Martian
The Hazel Wood
Ranger's Apprentice 4: Oakleaf Bearers
Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Twelve Nights
The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Turtles All the Way Down
Alice-Miranda At School 1
Generation One: Lorien Legacies Reborn
The Rains
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
The Kissing Booth
George's Marvellous Medicine