Author(s): Kirsty Murray
The second of the Children of the Wind novels, <i>Becoming Billy Dare</i> follows the life of Paddy, a feisty Irish boy who on his mother's death decides to stow away on a ship bound for Australia and make a place for himself in the new world of 1890s Melbourne. <br><br>The Children of the Wind is a quartet of historical novels for 10-14 year olds, set 50 years apart.<br><br>Paddy has run away and secretly boarded a ship bound for Australia, only to be shipwrecked at the end of the voyage. Once rescued, he faces the big question: how is he to make his way in this strange new land? On the road with a travelling circus, on the run with a wild child, and sleeping rough on the mean streets of Melbourne, Paddy learns to live by his wits. Each adventure brings him closer to discovering his true gift.
Rich with Australian history.'AB & PNovember 2004wonderful a great historical novel for young readers' Armidale Express17/1/05I enjoyed this novel immensely a well-told narrative' Viewpoint13(2) Winter 2005Rated an outstanding example of its kind' by Reading TimeMeticulous research Becoming Billy Dare is, above all, an entertaining book readily invite(s) readers provide(s) inspiration.' Jill Swann, Teacher-Librarian.