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The Torch by Peter Twohig
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The Torch

by Peter Twohig

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This is the second book written by Australian author Peter Twohig.
It's now 1960 and young Blayney is still trying to cope with the death of his twin, Tom, and trying to be naughty enough for two and mostly succeeding.
He's still friends with two people who seem to be spies, his granddad is a shady character who has a finger in every pie in their part of Melbourne, and he's trying to locate a young firebug before the police do.
Blayney's observations on the adult world, his own world and the strange new world of girls are very funny.
A light enjoyable read. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
The sequel to "The Cartographer". A rollicking tale full iconic Australiana (if you are a baby boomer, remember "the health food of a nation" and Saturday afternoon at the movies). If your not, it's still a rollicking tale. Fully of joy, fear, heartache, bemusement, frustration and much more. A boy on the doorstep of adolescence grapples with his understandings and misunderstandings of the adult world as he is presented with a number of personal tragedies and dilemmas both imagined and real. A boy and his dog story for everyone. ( )
  Mainlyme | Apr 27, 2015 |
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Melbourne, 1960: Mrs Blayney and her twelve year old son live in South Richmond. At least, they did, until their house burnt down. The prime suspect - one Keith Aloysius Gonzaga Kavanagh, also aged 12 - has mysteriously disappeared. Our narrator, the Blayney kid, sets off on a covert mission to find young Keith, who he privately dubs 'Flame Boy', to save him from the small army of irate locals - not to mention his mother - who want to see him put away. Flame Boy has not only made himself scarce, but he's done so with a very important briefcase of secrets, which the kid is keen to get hold of for his grandfather, a shady character who has some secrets of his own. But the kid has got a lot going on: he's also organising a new gang of kids; coping with the ups and downs of having a girl friend (who likes to kiss - a lot); trying to avoid Keith's dangerous prison-escapee father, Fergus Kavanagh, also an arsonist, who is suspected of selling secrets to the Russians; and all the while wondering how he can get his hands on the most beautiful object in the world: the Melbourne Olympic Torch.… (more)

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