David Martenesi is an Australian boy who is self-conscious about his Italian background, doesn't fit in with the cool crowd, and lacks in self-esteem and confidence. Being faced with the peer pressures of gangs, bullying, and violence doesn't make things any easier. Archimede Fusillo's young adult novel takes a marvelously clear-eyed look at the emotional lives of boys and the importance of self-expression. Keeping with the themes in Sparring with Shadows, Stephen Phillips gives a lovely performance, full of sensitivity and nuance that makes David a relatable and sympathetic character as he navigates the cruelty of the world around him.
©2003 Archimede Fusillo; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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