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by Bettenay, Linda J

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TitleWishes for Starlight
Author / Responsible partyBettenay, Linda J
GenreHistorical fiction, Australian fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction, Australian fiction. Domestic Fiction Western Australian. Deaf. Orphaned.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


How does a deaf, orphaned, Noongar boy survive during the implementation of the draconian 1905 Aborigines Act? By having powerful and caring friends.' Starlight is born in 1889 in the thriving timber town of Canning Mills, Western Australia. He is discovered in a chicken coop living with dogs. The three white children who find him are remarkable: headstrong Mary who was born into a dysfunctional family, the Italian immigrant Marco and fun loving Arthur. Gradually change arrives in their insulated lives; the friends confront reality - will their actions be enough to save those they love from harm? Set largely in Western Australia, 'Wishes for Starlight' is a novel where friendship and loyalty are pitted against prejudice and disadvantage. It is a story about relationships, resilience and what equality and freedom really mean.

Additional Information

System control numberS11442
Original Print PublisherWestern Australia: Roleystone Courier, 2014
NarratorJim Limerick.
Narrator NameJim Limerick.
Participant or performer noteJim Limerick.
Contains Strong/Coarse languageStrong language
Narrators GenderMale narrator
Contains Sexual ContentSexual Content
Contains Violent ContentGraphic Violence