Today's young adult listeners may not be able to visualize the 1950's Scottish dockyard that serves as the focal point of David McRobbie's novel, but they will certainly recognize the pain of being bullied. The bullying suffered by 16-year-old Andrew is brutally depicted by McRobbie, who received the Book of the Year Award from the Children's Book Council of Australia for Tyro.
A "tyro" is defined as a novice or beginner, but Richard Aspel, the veteran performer of this audiobook, brings over 20 years of experience to his recording. He convincingly becomes the thuggish and malicious dockyard workers as well as the innocent teen narrator. Aspel's skill with accents is especially evident in this rich performance.
Who are his allies, and who are his enemies? In sorting this out, Andrew can only watch in horror as the situation gets worse, much worse. From the author of See How They Run comes a tense and gripping novel that challenges the authority of "traditions" and what it takes to be a man.
©1999 David McRobbie; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd. by arrangement with Penguin Books Australia Ltd.
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