Author(s): Kathryn Drinkwater
Angry and defiant, thirteen-year-old Devlin believes he's unwanted. His younger siblings, who have been in foster care, are now back home with his mother, who is in an abusive relationship. He's fed up with changing schools and foster homes, and decides to run away from his foster-uncle's farm. But then he meets a horse about to become dog tucker and becomes involved in the harness racing scene, where he is instrumental in unravelling a deception. A realistic story about making choices, and of discovering how hope in unlikely places.
Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Junior Fiction 2010.
Kathryn Drinkwater is a first-time author. She submitted this manuscript to the Tom Fitzgibbon Award where it made the shortlist but was beaten out by Why I Hate School by Michael Fatarsky, written by Kris Stanhope. Nevertheless, the committee members felt this story deserved to be published.