Riffraff by Judith Clarke

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An eccentric writer brings about a friendship between two unusual nine-year-olds, rowdy forceful Sophia and shy artistic Sam.

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Judith Clarke was born in Sydney, Australia, and lives in Melbourne. She is the author of many award-winning books for young adults, including Kalpanas Dream, Wolf on the Fold, Night Train, and Friend of My Heart. The best job I ever had, says Judith, was as a tea-lady in a Sydney radio station. The worst was as governess/minder/parole officer of two teenagers whose parents had gone away (escaped?) for the long summer holidays. I never made a conscious decision to be a writer; I never saw it as a profession or career. Writing was something I began doing when I was a child in the western suburbs of Sydney in the 1950s All of the kids in my neighborhood were boys, and though they let my sister and I play with them, they pinched our marbles and comics and bashed us up. Writing stories was less dangerous. AWARDS Kalpana's Dream (Front Street, 2004) Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book in Fiction and Poetry Wolf on the Fold (Front Street, 2002) Children's Books of the Year Awards Winner-Children's Book Council of Australia Night Train (Holt, 2000) Children's Books of the Year Awards Honor, Older Readers Children's Book Council of Australia Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Winner, Young Adult Fiction-State Library of Victoria, Australia
Published November 1, 1992 by Henry Holth & Co (J). 106 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Pausing along the way for Theodore to tell a couple of amusingly wacky and pointed stories, Clarke maneuvers the kids into friendships with first Theodore and then each other, with a romance for Theodore himself thrown in for good measure.

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Clarke ( The Heroic Life of Al Capsella ) goes easy on his novel's message, focusing instead on the extremes of behavior that lead Sophia and Sam into their relationship.

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