- Author Dave Cousins
I hadn’t realised this was a children/young adult book until I started reading, which wasn’t a problem but it took me a while to adapt to it. I found the story to be overwhelmingly sad, chronicling the difficulties a teen boy has trying to keep a household together after his single parent mother disappears.
Searching for money for food, following the clues of his mum’s last known whereabouts, and trying to win a radio competition at the same time, his life is kept very busy! There’s something of a happy ending, but it still left me feeling kind of uncomfortable.
Also, I wasn’t convinced by the radio competition. Two weeks of being on the radio every night, getting so many questions fired at you, seems like far too complicated a challenge for just a simple holiday. I don’t listen to that much radio these days but it seems like an awful lot of effort!