With our bags full of rats, the five of us began walking towards
the line. We'd gone only a few yards when a voice sounded off to our
'What 'ave we 'ere, then?' it said.
We turned our heads and say Bluey Lonnegan lifting himself up off a sandstone wall.
'You're lookin' at the Black Dog Gang,' said Mickey.
'No doubt ya heard a us?'
The gang was Mickey's idea. We'd heard the rumours – rats were coming in off the ships and spreading disease. Then the government started offering tuppence a rat, so we decided to get stuck in. But we hadn't counted on someone getting sick. Or on Mickey's dad finding his rats chaining Mickey up. And what happened next . . . well, it would change things forever . . .
About The Author
Robert Newton works as a full-time firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. His first novel, My Name is Will Thompson, was published in 2001. Since then he has written four other novels for young people, including Runner, which was published by Penguin in 2005. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and three daughters.
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 3rd September 2007
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1