"A clear-sighted, beautifully written examination of racism and courage." The Metro When her mother dies from a snake bite, Comity's life in the Australian outback changes for ever. Now the only person Comity can count on is her friend, Fred, the Aboriginal yard boy. But when her father's new assistant, the cruel and sadistic Quartz Hogg arrives, he sets his bloodthirsty sights on Fred, and Comity has to find a way to stop him.
GERALDINE MCCAUGHREAN is one of today's most successful and highly regarded children's authors. She has won the CILIP Carnegie Medal twice: first in 1998 with A Pack of Lies and again in 2018 with Where the World Ends. She's won the IBW Book Award 2018, the Whitbread Children's Book Award three times, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award four times, the prestigious U.S. Printz Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. She was chosen to write the official sequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Scarlet, which was published to wide critical acclaim. Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband John and the lingering shades of all those characters she has invented in her books. Her cottage is under year-round siege from wild birds demanding to be fed. The ducks even knock on the door.