A Prayer for Blue Delaney

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Allen & Unwin, 2005 - Australia, Central - 248 pages
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Colm is an - orphan of Empire - sent from the UK after World War II to the infamous Bindoon Boy's Home in the WA bush. He escapes and teams up with old Billy Dare and his dog, Rusty. Together they evade the authorities and go adventuring through western and central Australia, along the dingo fence, looking for work. Ages 11+.
 

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Contents

A place in the sun i
1
z The luck of the Irish
7
The turning world
11
Dibs adrift
20
The first cut
28
Bindoon
33
The broken boy
42
Nothing to lose
47
The letter
133
Into the flames
139
The Wolfram Queen
145
Unforgettable
152
Wild boar country
160
Dragon stone
167
Flying south
176
Answered prayers
182

Acts of faith
52
Haunting messengers
59
Bitter truth
67
The diggers tale
72
Bush Christmas
81
Nugget on the goldfields
87
Seven sisters
96
Come in spinner
101
Stolen
106
The Dog Fence
116
Dare and McCabe
126
Words and music
187
Waiting games
194
Sweet and sour
203
Reap the whirlwind
207
Faith hope and glory
216
Goodbye to all that
224
Guarding the flame
230
Night of stars
237
Que sera sera
242
Authors note
247
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About the author (2005)

Kirsty Murray is the author of Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish (winner of the WA Premier's Children's Book Award, 2001), in addition to the first three books in the Children of the Wind series. She has also written several non-fiction books for children. She has worked as a forest ranger, archivist, artist and teacher, and now is a full-time writer.

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