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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

    9780143566830

    October 3, 2011

    Penguin

    208 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook

    9781742534084

    September 28, 2011

    Penguin eBooks

    204 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    2012
    Honour Award
    Older Readers
  • Prime Minister's Literary Award
    2012
    Winner
    Young Adult Fiction
  • Sakura Medal (Japan)
    2014
    Nominated
    Children's Book
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2015
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Years 7–9

Also by Robert Newton

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

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The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
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