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Written by James Heneghan

  • 192 Pages
  • 9780888994660
  • 8.380" x 5.250"
  • Reading age to 10
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Death & Dying


Publication Date April 01, 2002

When a flood kills eleven-year-old Andy Flynn's mother and stepfather, the only world he has ever known is gone and he is alone. Aunt Mona, whom he has never met, takes him to live with her in Halifax, on the opposite side of the country. During the flight, Aunt Mona tells him harshly that his father was not a war hero killed in battle, as Andy's mother led him to believe, but a no-good thief and drunk who is very much alive in Halifax. Andy is stunned, and as soon as they reach their destination, he runs away from his aunt to find his father.

James Heneghan's remarkable gift for storytelling shines as strongly as ever in this moving and funny tale.

Winner of the Chocolate Lily Award 2004

Long-listed for the OLA Red Maple Award 2003

Long-listed for the Red Cedar Book Award 2004


James Heneghan
James Heneghan was raised in Ireland and in Liverpool, England, where he worked as a policeman. After coming to Canada, he was a police fingerprint specialist before becoming a teacher. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Juvenile Crime Fiction and is a three-time winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Book Prize for Children's Literature. He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.


"[A] emotionally authentic portrayal of a boy trying to cope with a loving but incompetent parent..." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"...[a] powerful provocative novel..." Books in Canada

"...a great read...Be sure to check it out." Resource Links

" near flawless as a book can be...Heneghan's an amazing writer who should be known everywhere." Guardian

"This is an excellent novel...Highly recommended." CM Magazine

"Well written, with interesting, sympathetic characters, and not an atom of preachiness, 'filled with humour and mischief,' this is a first-class story of a boy needing a home. Not to be missed." New Brunswick Reader