The Simple Gift by Steven HerrickSimply link your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number to your Booktopia account and earn points on eligible orders. Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Your points will be added to your account once your order is shipped. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! I'm not proud. I'm sixteen, and soon to be homeless. Weary of his life with his alcoholic, abusive father, sixteen-year-old Billy packs a few belongings and hits the road, hoping for something better than what he left behind.
THE SIMPLE GIFT Steven Herrick
Billy, the central protagonist, leaves his broken home and disengages from society, finding himself homeless in a new town, spending his days reading books and sourcing food and income to sustain a meagre lifestyle. The novel follows Billy s personal journey, but also explores the lives of two other main characters: Caitlin, a teenage girl from an affluent family, and Old Bill, a self-professed drunk sleeping in an abandoned train carriage. The novel directly challenges young readers assumptions about homelessness and the class divide, making it a powerful teaching tool in the classroom. The three main characters all shine a light on topics that are more often than not deemed taboo in societal conversation. One of the most powerful elements of the novel is the author s ability to humanise characters that are marginalised in the community, giving the homeless a voice that generally goes unheard. The entire narrative is written in verse, with each chapter a first-person account from Billy, Old Bill or Caitlin. The narrative moves quickly, as the core of the characters values and beliefs bubble to the surface through their observations and reflections on their own life.
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