By: Paul Jennings
Genre: YFA - Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 29 Aug 2018
ISBN: 9781760523503


'If you've got a bad deal,' his father used to say, 'get out of it and move on.' When he finds himself in a cruel orphanage Anton does just that, and hides on an ocean liner. Fear and desperation are his only companions. And this time there is no escape. Or is there? Two other passengers have secrets of their own. When nothing is what it seems, can they help each other? Or will they sink into a sea of troubles? You'll never know. Until the last page. Another top story from Australia's master of the trick ending.


This marvellous book tells the story of the journey to Australia by two quite different boys.

Anton, an orphan finds himself a stowaway after fleeing an orphanage. Christopher is leaving his war torn land with his mother after the death of his brother, Max.

The novel is too concise to give away any more of the story, but I will say that there are wonderfully gripping twists and turns that are typical of Paul Jennings.

A truly heartbreaking and heart warming story by an incredible wordsmith!

Covering themes of loss, migration, resilience and courage, this is a tremendous novel that is suitable for all readers 10 and older.

Reluctant lower secondary readers will also find the content fabulous, whilst being satisfyingly short.

Reviewed by Rob