Wolf On The Fold by Judith Clarke

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Fourteen-year-old Kenny’s dad has just died, and now Kenny must become the breadwinner. “Be careful going through the flatlands,” his mother warns him. “Don’t stop for anyone.” But Kenny does stop, and what happens next will define the man he becomes. These stories, which track the lives of Kenny, his family, and his friends over decades, are about the place where adolescence collides with adulthood. The second story involves Kenny’s two daughters, who find they must rely on each other despite their differences. The third story is a snapshot of a school bully with a secret; years later, two of her victims meet her in a shop and are forced to reevaluate their feelings about her. In Wolf on the Fold, Judith Clarke paints the lives of her characters with skill and compassion, qualities that have made her one of Australia’s leading writers in the young adult genre.

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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 January 1, 2002 by Allen & Unwin. 180 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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In 1957, an elderly relative whose mind is slipping teaches Frances a prayer, “Angels and ministers of grace, defend us,” to get the girl through her anxious nights.

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These words come to symbolize threatening situations later faced with equal resiliency by Kenny's children and grandchildren as they try to appease the disquieted spirit of an elderly aunt with memory loss, struggle to survive in a war zone, or attempt to block out angry words exchanged by parents.

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