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Winton, Tim

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ISBN 10: 0143300962 / ISBN 13: 9780143300960
Published by Puffin Books, Australia, 2003
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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PB, pictorial card covers, 216pp. Minor rubbing, creasing to covers, inside has light tanning to page edges, else square, clean & tight, without markings. Second in the three book series about Lockie & his friends. A recent re-issue. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # jen004846

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Publisher: Puffin Books, Australia

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Thus.

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Lockie Leonard, hot surf-rat, is in love. The human torpedo is barely settled into his new school, and already he's got a girl on his mind. And not just any girl: it has to be Vicki Streeton, the smartest, prettiest, richest girl in class.

What chance have you got when your dad's a cop, your mum's a frighteningly understanding parent, your brother wets the bed and the teachers take an instant dislike to you and then you fall in love at twelve-and-three-quarter years old?

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Grade 6-9-- Shortly before he enters high school, Lockie Leonard and his family move from Perth to a small town along the Australian coast. His first weeks in his new school are disastrous, and he tries to keep a low profile. On his 14th birthday, he meets Vicki Streeton and falls in love. From then on they are constantly together, and Vicki's popularity rubs off on him. Lockie's love life deteriorates, however, when Vicki drops him for a couple of punks with a van. In a confrontation with them, Lockie gets beaten up when he refuses to fight. Although most of the characters are not fleshed out well (the hero's parents are disgustingly understanding at all times), the main problem with this novel is its excessive use of Australian slang. An early incident is largely incomprehensible because of the language, and Lockie's woodworking teacher literally throws him out for making a seemingly innocent remark with an apparent double meaning. In light of the boy's later popularity, the whole scene seems unnecessary. Better Australian novels dealing with YA problems, such as The Heroic Life of Al Capsella (Holt, 1990), are available. --Jo-Anne Weinberg, Greenburgh Public Library, NY
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