A small free kiss in the dark

October 10, 2009

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I have just finished reading this gorgeous book by Glenda Millard. It is a gentle telling of war-ridden Melbourne and narrated by Skip, a boy who was already homeless before the start of the war. There is something fascinating to me about stories where the main protagonist is dealing with a war or post-war situation. It may have something to do with growing up during the Cold War where such stories abounded. It’s also a great device for kids to be the hero of the story without parental supervision or interference. I enjoyed the Melbourne references, though saddened to think of the State Library taking such a beating. I think it’s so important for Australian kids to have their own lives reflected in the stories they read, be it geographical, vernacular or cultural references. Congrats Glenda.

2 Responses to “A small free kiss in the dark”

  1. Jackie says:

    I'm just about to read this Karen and I can't wait. It sounds fascinating.

  2. Lyndel K says:

    Hi Karen,
    there's a review of Hostage you might like to read, at


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