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Wildlight, written by David Metzenthen - one Australia’s leading writers for young people - is the story of a young man, Dirk, who was found as a child in the wild forest. He was subsequently raised in squalor in a sparse shed by a cruel and emotionally abusive family.

Determined to change the abhorrent and most unlucky life thrust upon him, Dirk flees the town and embarks on a cross-country quest, seeking to purge himself from his past in order to find redemption and begin life anew.

Narrated with suspenseful and somber tones by Australian Michael Veitch.

Publisher's Summary

In the forest, armed men from the new settlement ventured to investigate strange lights and found three fires burning, with a child at their center, tethered to a stake. The boy appeared to be white, perhaps three or four years old, unable to speak. He watched the men with the darting, fearful eyes of a wild animal, and at their approach he crouched, snatched a stick from a fire, and snarled. So begins Dirk Wildlight's life in the tiny Victorian settlement of Tilmore. Reluctantly, he's taken in, only to be treated with suspicion, neglect and cruelty. Then, a strange turn in fortune leads him not only towards freedom, but to an understanding of the mystery of his earliest years. From this best-selling author comes a sweeping adventure, set in the 1840s against a backdrop of burgeoning settlement in Victoria, Australia.
©2003 David Metzenthen; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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