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Burning Eddy
Written by:
Scot Gardner 
Read by:
Stig Wemyss 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
5 hours 44 minutes 
February 01 2005 
Available Date:
May 14 2010 
Age Category:
Young Adult (15+) 
APN / ISBN-13:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Young Adult Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
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AUD$ 9.99
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Shortlisted Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year / Older Readers 2004
Shortlisted NSW Premier's Literary Awards / Ethel Turner Prize for Books for Young Adults 2004

“Burning Eddy is a poignant story about growing up, about family and about friendship. Absorbing.”

Some people get old and die. Some people never get old...

In the country, where his fifteenth summer has burned the life from the grass, Daniel Fairbrother is searching. Looking for something that will make tomorrow seem worth the effort. Something that will fix the rot in his family tree. He works in the Dutch woman's garden. Eddy's eighty-six. She can read Daniel's mind. She has a tattoo, a history, and can make music with her farts. In a shady corner of Eddy's garden, Daniel finds something growing... Hope. But something is burning.

"Daniel Fairbrother tells the story of his fifteenth summer in Australia's drought-ravaged bush. Searching for something to make life meaningful, Daniel finds 86-year-old Eddy. He begins doing Eddy's gardening, and from her he learns about morality and what is truly important in life. As performed by Stig Wemyss, Daniel grows from a boy with dark family problems into a young man with a more mature, realistic outlook. Wemyss gives Dan a wet-behind-the-ears enthusiasm and brings a crusty eccentricity to Eddy. As Dan sorts things out, Wemyss occasionally sounds too ingenuous, but overall his performance of Gardner's exploration of adolescence guarantees that teens will recognize themselves and learn a few things about the ways of the world."
AudioFile Magazine