Home and AwayJohn Marsden
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 . . .
May 21, the city's in ruins, blackouts nearly all the time, food is hard to find . . .
September 13, Dad's hears news of a boat. We might get out of here yet . . .
September 28, it's just after dawn. A boat from their Navy has found us. We wave and cry and cheer. But then, slowly, we realise they are shouting at us, telling us to go away . . .
September 30, we are in a huge prison, with razor wire all around us . . .'