Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy

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Midnite is a not-so-wild and not-too-bright colonial boy. When he becomes an orphan, his animal friends decide he should be a bushranger. But bushranging isn't easy either. An hilarious, classic Australian novel for ages 9+. Winner of BILBY Qld, 1994.show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 7ill.
  • 0140304215
  • 9780140304213

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From Captain Midnite ("There is nothing romantic about good spelling") to Mr. Day-brake, all in one (historic) knight. Aided by five pets, especially a Siamese Khat, a wild colonial boy-turned-bushranger fumbles his first heist by selecting a Judge and Trooper O'Grady who outwit him with ease and who reappear with almost measured regularity thereafter. A romantic hero in name and song (and based on an actual Australian), he is betrayed by his true love, one Laura Wellborn, when she discovers that the mask hides a seventeen-year-old boy. Striking gold, knighted by Victoria, he returns as Mr. Daybrake the millionaire, then is robbed by a bushranger - the recurrent O'Grady. Proud poverty transforms his submissive instincts into a marry-me-and-shut-up proposal which the overwhelmed female accepts with renewed admiration. Double-jointed stupidity, conveyed by exaggerations, misses the tongue-in-cheekery intended, and amusingly caricatured drawings can't substitute. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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