A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

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A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark By Glenda Millard A Small Free Kiss in the Dark Two young boys an old tramp a beautiful teenage dancer and the girl s baby ragtag survivors of a sudden war form a fragile family hiding out in the ruins of an amusement park As they scavenge for

  • Title: A Small Free Kiss in the Dark
  • Author: Glenda Millard
  • ISBN: 9781741756586
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Small Free Kiss in the Dark By Glenda Millard Two young boys, an old tramp, a beautiful teenage dancer, and the girl s baby ragtag survivors of a sudden war form a fragile family, hiding out in the ruins of an amusement park As they scavenge for good, diapers, and baby formula, they must stay out of sight of vicious gangs and lawless soldiers At first they rely on Billy, the only adult in the group But as civil lTwo young boys, an old tramp, a beautiful teenage dancer, and the girl s baby ragtag survivors of a sudden war form a fragile family, hiding out in the ruins of an amusement park As they scavenge for good, diapers, and baby formula, they must stay out of sight of vicious gangs and lawless soldiers At first they rely on Billy, the only adult in the group But as civil life deteriorates, Billy starts to fall apart Skip, who is barely into his teens, must take over and lead them on a search for sanctuary This complex and haunting exploration of life on the edge and what it takes to triumph over adversity is a story about the indomitable nature of hope.
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    1. Fred Gorrell on said:

      This young adult novel was a surprise to some of my 8th grade 14 year old readers They chose it because it had a skull and an amusement park on the front, which meant that whatever it had to say about a kiss would probably not be some sappy girl s romance story Equally important for them, it is a thin volume It is a fascinating story and is well told, but it is not an easy read Some of my students gave up on it and others who finished it missed a lot of the story Details important to comprehendi [...]

    2. Sesana on said:

      Wonderful Millard does a fantastic job of capturing Skip s voice, an observant, artistic twelve year old who s survived abuse and abandonment It s an interesting choice to leave the nature of the war entirely vague, but it also makes a certain sense Skip is twelve, and doesn t really care what the war is about and it gives the book a timeless quality A reader ten years from now can plug in whatever the current international boogeyman is when they read, though of course the face of the enemy is u [...]

    3. Alex Fairhill on said:

      A homeless runaway and a war setting give rise to beautifully descriptive writing The city is bombed and Skip, Billy, Max, Tia and her baby form an unlikely family to survive Narrated by Skip, the story is well structured, the characters layered, and the perspective is hopeful An amazing study of survival, loss and living, A Small Free Kiss in the Dark is a book worth reading for its lyrical descriptions and engaging characters.

    4. Shontae on said:

      I read this a couple of years ago and remember it absolutely blowing my mind The of the book I try to remember the I CRAVE rereading it Beautifully artistic writing and really great characters NEED to get my hands on it again.

    5. Amanda on said:

      This was good, sort of like a combination of Friday Brown, Tomorrow, When the War Began, and The Sky So Heavy I would have liked a reason for the war, the bombs came as a surprise even though I d read the blurb and I would have liked to know why there was suddenly a war.

    6. Trisha on said:

      How come this is isn t on my list I read it in Feb this year A strong, emotional intense piece of writing Big contender.

    7. Amy L on said:

      Chp 1 pg 1 11In this chapter Skip runs away from home by catching a train to the city He meets homeless people drawing and sits with them Skip expresses how he has trouble in social situations and with friends and currently lives with a foster family that he has troubles with He also had troubles with his Dad It is unclear whether his Mum is dead or ran away when he was very young Our group has a bit of confusion on this topic and discussed it I hope my new life would be better than the one I le [...]

    8. Jennifer on said:

      The best books take readers into the ordinary places and routines in the lives of ostensibly unexceptional characters, and transform their interactions into things of beauty and rarity In many such novels, as this one, the writing style is unostentatious, not particularly descriptive or beautiful, even sometimes seemingly a little naiive and simplistic Books such as these have an artistry, for me, that is magical they are so well put together that I can t really deconstruct how they manage to li [...]

    9. Hannah G on said:

      The book immediately captured my attention, straight from the prologue Rather than an explanation, the prologue in this book sets an interesting scene of four very different people at a funfair It has an air of mystery and pulls the reader in, making you want to find out what brought these individuals together and what their stories are.Chapter 1 The first character we are introduced to is Skip Skip is portrayed as an unusual character and definitely not the average schoolboy After referring to [...]

    10. Lee Oz on said:

      CHAPTER 1 Skip has been through a lot Here in this chapter, we get a foundation on the main character and we see how his past reflects his present He has had a tough upbringing He seems to be insecure, as he is constantly comparing himself to other kids his age He wants to see his mother He wants to feel like he is being cared for He decides to take few belongings and leave Without telling no one He describes himself as he enters the train I felt like a bird has got inside my chest and was beati [...]

    11. Karyn on said:

      I was so disappointed to have this book finish only 15 minutes into the last disc I will miss getting into the car to continue the story of Skip and Max, Billy, Tia and Sixpence It was sad, it was joyful and it was lyrical, and I really appreciated the Australian language and context I ll take a new look at Glenda Millard s other books in our library now.

    12. Sweetp-1 on said:

      A Small Free Kiss in the Dark is a rare gem in a YA genre full of cliches, the ever present love triangle and hormone fuelled angst There s nothing about this book which made me think I d read it before Hooray It s sparse and almost simple in presentation, but it s not until the sentences have settled on your skin for a few moments you realise how cleverly its written The narrator is a 12 year old boy Skip who has run away from foster homes to live on the streets Skip is an artist, and sees thin [...]

    13. Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies) on said:

      I hardly know how to find the right words to review A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard It s a really sweet book and the main character s voice is one that pulled me into the story from the very beginning Once I started the story, I couldn t put it down and I found myself feeling all sorts of different emotions that I didn t know how to deal with It s that sort of book But in a good way of course.Skip is homeless He had a home but it wasn t very good, so he left it Despite the rough [...]

    14. Arthur Pengerbil on said:

      Reading Level Grades 7 When you re a homeless eleven year old named Skip, there isn t anywhere for you to go, because all the shelters are either for women with children, or for men, which you aren t When you re homeless, a runaway, you never sleep in the same place twice, otherwise someone might be able to figure out where you are and take you back to where you ran away from.Skip is asleep in a Dumpster when the bombs begin to fall He wakes up violently, ears ringing, dust and garbage in his mo [...]

    15. Emily on said:

      When you re a homeless eleven year old named Skip, there isn t anywhere for you to go, because all the shelters are either for women with children, or for men, which you aren t When you re homeless, a runaway, you never sleep in the same place twice, otherwise someone might be able to figure out where you are and take you back to where you ran away from.Skip is asleep in a Dumpster when the bombs begin to fall He wakes up violently, ears ringing, dust and garbage in his mouth, chunks of concrete [...]

    16. Zak Umansky on said:

      A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard is an outstanding book because of its excellent use of imagery and the way it can connect the story to the reader For most, the title is very misleading however this book is much than the cover Being an artist myself this book was very interesting to me The main character, Skip, is very artistic and sees the world from a completely different point of view When you may look at a tree and see the brown bark and green leaves, Skip may see how the lig [...]

    17. Sun (the one that glows in the dark, of course) on said:

      I really liked the way the book was written from the innocent young boy point of view I haven t read a lot of books told from a kid s point of view and I found that Skip s mind was so colorful He described many everyday objects in such a colorful way and I liked it a lot.The fact that Skip is also an aspiring would be famous painter who drew on pavements and walls is also, I don t know, like a fresh breath of air for me.I ve been reading a lot about good girls who stay at home, save people and w [...]

    18. Ed on said:

      Millard, Glenda 2010 A Small Free Kiss in the Dark New York Holiday House 180 pp ISBN 978 0 8234 2264 7 Hard Cover 16.95.War is hard For Skip, living on the streets, war should be death However, an older man, Billy, moves Skip and a very young boy, Max, to an abandoned amusement park to outlast the war.The dichotomy between an amusement park and bombs serves as a rich foundation for reading a story about war and family Skip s dumpster explodes one day and he is thrust into the path of Billy, a w [...]

    19. Sophie on said:

      I went into reading A Small Free Kiss in the Dark with no expectations as I d heard very little about it in the blogosphere And it blew my socks off.Skip tells his story, and I mean he literally writes his story and mentions the craft of his doing so, in a hauntingly beautiful way Reading A Small Free Kiss in the Dark I noticed the artistic nature of Glenda Millard s prose Skip s narration is poetic and stunningly beautiful He has a way of looking at the world that intrigues me to no end It s li [...]

    20. Sara Buklan on said:

      In this book a boy Skip lives in a foster home and he has no friends and he is always ruunning away He runs away from home and then he meets an old man named Billy who is also basically on the streets They become friends and they are both living on the streets, tring to find shelters, and eating food they find behind resturants or in soup kitchens Then the city gets bombed and there is a war and they meet a boy named Max at the library He is 6 and his mother is most likley dead but he doesnt kno [...]

    21. KWinks on said:

      Work was slow last night, so I read this I really liked Skip, he had incredible attention to detail just like his artist heroes This is a quick, thoughtful read I enjoyed the story and thought the characters were strong.I had some issues with the foreshadowingere was a lot of it, and it usually ended up the opposite of what had been predicted I can t go into it without listing a bunch of spoilers Two I have a feeling this book has been fixed with American idioms that were not present in the orig [...]

    22. Carol on said:

      Skip is full of plans But will they work He escapes from his foster home on the last day of school only to realize his great plan didn t cover where he was going to sleep at night A homeless man, Billy, halfheartedly takes Skip under his wing As Skip gets to know Billy he comes to think of him as family Billy is supportive of Skip s artistic endeavors unlike his own father was There routine existence is interrupted by that terrible thing called war As the pair flee the burning city, their family [...]

    23. Skate Penny on said:

      Beautiful This book was so beautifully written that I forgot I was reading Simplicity all over complexity that is how this book was written Millard tried to unveil the innocence of a child s mind before the readers, allowing us to see how a disastrous thing as the war may be interpreted in a child s mind It also conveys how we might find a family and a home in a stranger s company I can t find any other word to describe this with other than beautiful It didn t need too much words to tell a story [...]

    24. Saleena Davidson on said:

      This was not the book I thought it was It is dystopic, it is also a runaway novel, but mainly it is a book about relationships Skip age 11 meets Billy older, not identified, but old enough to pass as grandfather on the streets as a runaway, and they bond, but only loosely as most street relationships must been the war happens the aggressor is never named and they become dependant on each other for survival They also pick up Max age 6 and begin to take care of him until they can find his parents [...]

    25. Jane on said:

      A lovely tale about friendship and survival Skip s life has not been easy with his mother gone, his dad unable to cope and then being fostered out through the care system We meet Billy whose kindness and skills help to keep Skip, Max, Tia and the baby alive Billy and Skip find Max under a table in the State library that has suffered bomb damage Max patiently awaiting the return of his Mother until he can be persuaded to leave for his safety It is later on they meet Tia and it is Skip who gains h [...]

    26. Gillian Torckler on said:

      Skip, the main character and narrator of this story is a determined and talented young man His story telling voice is incredible, which I guess in reality is not his own It s a wonderful story of how some homeless people come together in time of need and become less hopeless when they have a reason to survive I was a little unsure about the location of the book, I thought it was London and when bombs fell out of the sky that seemed plausible But the Australian language and references unnerved me [...]

    27. Jennifer Davies on said:

      When I ordered this book into my library I wasn t aware that it was going to be a young adult novel and so I was really pleased to discover that there was out there for that age category that the vampire end of the world type novels There are only five characters, Skip, Max, Billy, Tia and the baby Sixpence and this is the story of their survival and hopes of a better future It is consistent in that it is written entirely from Skips point of view, I was always having to imagine what the other c [...]

    28. Meg on said:

      The protagonist, Skip, has run from the foster care system and is living on the streets He becomes a friend with an older homeless man named Billy When war breaks out, they try to leave the war ravaged city Sheltered in the library, they find a young boy, Max, whom they take with them As they find refuge in an old amusement park, they meet Tia, a teenage mother, and her child There are others who have survived gangs and soldiers who plague their lives Even though homeless in a time of war, this [...]

    29. Jen on said:

      2010 nomination for teen book for Children s Book of the year Liked this novel, set during a war which splits the city of Melbourne between 2 warring groups Skip is a homeless boy who has become friends with an older man who also occasionally lives on the streets They join up with a young boy, Max, who is separated from his mother when the State Library is bombed Together, they find refuge at the funfair at St Kilda beach, where they meet Tia, a 15 year old girl with a baby, whom they name Sixpe [...]

    30. Erin on said:

      A good quick read about survival during a horrible war I loved the setting of an abandoned theme park, a place that should be full of life and laughter instead filled with silence and the intrusion of an occassional tank The only thing I would have liked to have of is some description especially of the park itself We never really went anywhere other than the ghost house, carousel and ferris wheel I guess I wondered why they walked so far to scrounge for things when surely there should have bee [...]

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