From the brilliant author of THURSDAY'S CHILD and WHAT THE BIRDS SEE comes a mesmerizing tale of a young man fighting his future, a young woman fighting her past, and a mysterious creature who teaches them something about survival.
Ever since Dad went off the deep end and decided he didn't need to work anymore -- insisting the Lord would provide -- Satchel O'Rye has felt stuck for life in his dying country town. A high school dropout drifting from one small carpentry job to the next, Satchel can see nothing beyond his own dreary duty to help keep the family afloat. But things start to change when he spies a strange doglike animal at a nearby mountain -- and mentions the fact to Chelsea Piper, an awkward young woman considered the local pariah. Could the animal he saw be a Tasmanian tiger, a marsupial thought to be extinct? And if they found it again, could it give them both a new chance at life?
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Sonya Hartnett is the author of THURSDAY'S CHILD, WHAT THE BIRDS SEE, and several other acclaimed novels, the first written when she was just thirteen. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards in her native Australia as well as the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Prize.From AudioFile:
The possible sighting of a thylacine, an extinct wolf-like dog, provides the backdrop for this story of 23-year-old Satchel OÕRye, the son of a mentally ill father and a long-suffering mother. The family lives in a hardscrabble town in Australia. Satchel struggles to cope while the family sinks deeper into debt. The search for the extinct animal offers a way out of this stultifying life. Suzi DoughertyÕs Australian accent is appropriate to the setting, and her matter-of-fact reading is well suited for the bleakness of SatchelÕs life. Though her portrayals of different characters are not as varied or distinct as those of some readers, her sympathetic tone is pleasant and easy to listen to. M.H.N. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Candlewick, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0763634166
Book Description Candlewick, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110763634166