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Book Title: Kill the Possum|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.30 MB
v The author of the book: James Moloney
Edition: Penguin Group Australia
Date of issue: 2008
ISBN 13: 9780143004202
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Read full description of the books Kill the Possum:Dylan saw Cartwright do it with his own eyes when he blundered into Kirsty’s house on that first Sunday.
On the second Sunday he saw only the carnage the man had left behind, but that was enough.
By the third Sunday, he’d decided to kill him. What else can he do when the lives of the people he cares about are at stake?
Look at Kirsty’s brother, Tim, the way he punishes himself, hates himself, wishes he was dead. And their mother — already an empty shell, she can’t hold out much longer.
The courts won’t stop Cartwright and he’s got the police in his pocket. Only Kirsty seems able to stand up to him, despite what the monster did to her years before when he was her father.
Dylan knows about fathers and the way they let you down. He’s not going to let Cartwright destroy this family, even if the solution seems unthinkable?
But how do you stare into the face of a living creature and snuff out the light you see in those eyes? How do you know you can do it?
Kill the possum. If you can’t do that to a ball of fur, you’ll never take a man’s life, no matter how much you hate him, no matter how much it has to be done.
Tim can’t kill the possum. Can Dylan?
What starts in the white heat of anger becomes an obsession. It will end in heart-wrenching tragedy.
Read information about the authorMy full name is James Francis Moloney and I was born in Sydney, Australia on 20 September, 1954. When I was seven years old, my family moved to Brisbane and except for the odd year or two, I have lived in Brisbane ever since. At school, I was into every sport going - cricket, footy, swimming - you name it. It's hard to believe now but in High School, I was a champion Long Jumper! After University I became a teacher and then a Teacher Librarian. I moved around from school to school and in 1977-8 found myself in Cunnamulla, a little "outback" town where many Indigenous Australians live. These turned out to be important years for my writing.
In 1980, I look a year's leave, stuffed a backpack full of clothes and went off to see the world. Got to do it, guys! There's so much out there, from things to uplift your spirit to things that make you question the humanity of your fellow man. I stepped over rotting dog carcasses in Mexico city, got all weepy in a roomful of Impressionist paintings and met some fascinating people. Hope you'll do the same one day.
1983 was another big year. I got married and started work at Marist College Ashgrove, an all-boys school in Brisbane, where I stayed for fifteen years. During this time, I became interested in writing for young people, at first using the ideas and experiences gained from my time in Cunnamulla, mixed in with the thinking and wondering I'd done overseas. After my early attempts were rejected, the first of my novels, Crossfire , was published in 1992.
In 1997, my fifth novel for young adults, A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove won the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award. At the end of that year, I decided to leave teaching and become a full time writer.
In the mean time, my wife and I have produced three great children, two of whom are currently studying at University. Photos of them to the right, along with my lovely wife, Kate, who has encouraged me along every step of the way.
Now that I have turned my hobby into my job, I have had to develop some other interests. For exercise, I go cycling along the bike paths around Brisbane. I'm also into great books, great food, movies, travelling, learning to speak French and I dabble in a little painting. In recent years Kate and I have spent an extended period in France, cycled through Vietnam and soon we will be off to the USA.
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