Sue Lawson
What happens when you're not the cool kid at school any more? CJ has been banished to the country to live with his grandparents. No one asks him if he wants to be there. It seems like no one really cares. And no matter how hard he tries to outrun it, trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes.


Reviewed: 2016-05-31
Callum has been sent to live with his grandparents, whom he has never met, on a sheep property after something terrible happens at his old school in Melbourne. Full of anger and self-loathing, Callum finds it hard to fit in and rejects anyone who tries to befriend him, including his grandparents.

Callum is a wonderful character. Despite his anger and hostility, he has a gentle, caring side to his nature which makes him extremely likeable. In short chapters, interspersed between the first person narrative, the reader gradually discovers what happened and why Callum can't forgive himself. Other characters I really related to were Callum's grandfather and Benny, a boy who was brain-damaged after a horrific accident which killed his younger brother.

Having lived on a sheep farm myself for over 20 years, I loved the setting of this book and I feel that the author captured the positives and negatives of rural, small town life perfectly. This is a moving novel about a boy trying to run from his past and deals with loss, forgiveness and living with our actions. Congratulations Sue, a great story!!
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