A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard

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Two young boys, an old tramp, a beautiful teenage dancer, and the girl's baby--ragtag survivors of a sudden war--form a fragile family, hiding out in the ruins of an amusement park. As they scavenge for good, diapers, and baby formula, they must stay out of sight of vicious gangs and lawless soldiers. At first they rely on Billy, the only adult in the group. But as civil life deteriorates, Billy starts to fall apart. Skip, who is barely into his teens, must take over and lead them on a search for sanctuary. This complex and haunting exploration of life on the edge and what it takes to triumph over adversity is a story about the indomitable nature of hope.

About Glenda Millard

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Glenda Millard lives in Australia. Gaye Chapman lives in Australia.
Published March 1, 2010 by Holiday House. 180 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eleven-year-old Skip, a budding artist, is a runaway from a violent foster home.

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But it's a short novel, which should appeal to more reluctant readers, and an engaging, well written story.

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