Author(s): John Marsden
Mum is a rehab counselor for people with alcohol problems. Grandma Raynor lives next door. Dad is a driver for Elgas. Then there’s me, fi fteen, into a lot of different stuff. Music, surfi ng, animals, tennis, swimming, computer games. And my sister, Claire, and brother Toby. We’re a typical Australian family. Barbeques, footy, gardening, school, Holden Commodores. Then one day things change. April 26, Dad burns the toast, yells at Toby, thanks me for cleaning the cab of the truck, kisses Mum and Toby, then he’s gone. April 27, the war starts. Everyone wants a place of safety, a place to share with the people they love. A place to relax. A home. Right now, more than a billion people don’t have a home - that’s one in seven of the world’s population. What would happen if a typical Australian family found themselves refugees?