The Story of Tom BrennanAuthor: J C Burke
Imprint: Random House
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This title is suitable for ages 16+
Featured in the November, 2005 magazine
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For seventeen-year-old Tom, life is about rugby, his mates and his family, who are well respected in their small country town. But a night of celebration changes his life forever. Tom's older brother, Daniel, starts a fight at the 'sudden death' pre-final party - then, worse, Daniel is involved in a car accident on the way home. Their cousin, Fin, suffers irreversible spinal injuries, and the two other passengers are killed. Tom's world explodes as Daniel is sent to jail and the Brennans are forced to leave town. While Tom and his sister, Kylie, adjust to life at a new school, their mother takes to her bed and their father tries to balance the pain of his family with the debt of his paralysed nephew. The past is never far away. Tom is a survivor, but he needs a ticket out of the past just as much as Daniel.
Burke addresses important themes associated with today's youth - excessive drinking, drink driving, lack of responsibility, and the family fragmentation that is the result.
Review by: Anastasia Gonis
I am a mother of a year 12 student who is required to read this text for english. After reading the blurb I couldn't help but start to read on as only a week earlier a local boy had become a paraplegic in a single car accident, too close to home not to read it.
This book should be compulsory reading for all young adults, parents etc.
I am a nurse, as is the authors background, horrific things happen out there! We need our young people to understand the consequences of getting behind a wheel or with someone else after drinking, arguing, a break up - all these things & more, as do adults.
I cried at least 3 times throughout this book; so many people affected by one silly moment of selfishness.
This may only be fiction but it is all so real.
May all our loved ones be safe on our roads.
AwardsAward: Children's Book of the Year Awards Year: 2006 Prize: Older Readers
Classifications:Prize Winning Children's Books
Category:Children's Young Adults