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by TIM WINTON
Publisher: Puffin/Penguin Books, Ringwood, Australia
Published: 1993 Binding: Softcover132 pages Edition: First Softcover Puffin Edition
Condition:Once read, Spotless within, no significant blemishes but for one school stamp on first free endpaper
BUYERS: PAYMENT.. Ifyou can pay Bank Deposit I’d really appreciate it! * Postage $7.00 within Australia
There are 132 pages of engaging reading from this fabulous Australian author, Tim Winton.
Every reading page is unmarked! A very good copy - it is clean throughout. The only blemish is a minor cover crease to bottom right corner.
Lockie, an Australian surfer, is happier riding the waves than he is trying to
cope with being popular and in love.
A slapstick coming-of-age story set in a small Australian town. For his 14th
birthday, Lockie gets not only a neoprene vest to keep him warm while he's
surfing but also a sudden steady - Vicki Streeton - rich, bright, and
beautiful. Lockie revels in the new-found popularity this social connection
brings him, while eagerly exploring both Vicki's body and the changes within
himself - until it dawns on him that Vicki's emotional waters are rather
shallow; as he puts it, "I don't know anything about sex, and you don't
know anything about love." Lockie rides the waves like a pro but he's a
klutz on dry land, so there's plenty of physical comedy here, augmented by
nearly impenetrable slang ("There were big kids who were better, but among
the grommets Lockie ripped"). The cast is full of intriguing characters,
particularly Lockie's well-read, pacifistic father, a police officer. Lockie is
part of a recent crop of teenage protagonists who are willing to take some time
growing up; fortunately, the author doesn't burden his lighthearted story with
messages. (Kirkus Reviews)
READ FROM BACK COVER BELOW ................
a POSITIVE BOOK FOR YOUNGSTERS- WHAT NEXT #!@?? ....... There's a cesspool of fiction for teenagers out there, most of it
seeking to establish that the world is unerringly traumatic, loveless
and painful. The guts of Lockie Leonard is that the story concludes on
a note of hope and self-belief. Lockie does not need to be perfect, nor
does he need the approval of others in order to like himself. I have
taught this book in many classes and it hasn't missed yet. True, Winton
takes cheap shots at the usual suspects; cops, teachers, doctors and
lawyers who are decent people are also aberrations. That's a convenient
and populist trick which is a little weary.
Even so, I will read this again for the umpteenth time and
encourage youngsters to do so. I also had a good laugh at the editorial
review that "warned" of the Australian vernacular. Horray for
Love, sex and morality, ................. City boy Lockie Leonard is twelve-and-three-quarters years old,
terrible at Math and average at most things, but he can surf good for
his age. Now Lockie's family has moved to a small, seaside, rural town,
and to top that he is going to high school for the first time. He is
more nervous than normal, making lots more mistakes and generally
turning out a looser no one wants to know. Then Lockie meets Vickie
Streeton, the girl of his dreams, and everything changes in his favor.
But is everything now as good as he thinks?
This very successfully written story is about both sexual awakening
and emerging morality. The author achieves this interesting combination
by avoiding some of the pitfalls of, for example, prudery, or its
opposite, over-sensationalization. The sexuality is always described
naturalistically and included as the story demands it. Teenage boys,
for example, will enjoy reading a story that reveals that most guys
experience some surprise and a little embarrassment when they first
have a 'wet dream'. The morality centers on the question of 'when is it
the right time for intercourse?' Parents will be relieved to find that,
despite all the sexuality, this book does not encourage their children
to run out and have intercourse at the first opportunity.
The book also has minor themes of law and order, formal religion and social class divisions.
I have one criticism of this otherwise good book: the story is set
in Australia and the author has included a lot of Australian popular
cultural references, which will be inaccessible to an international
audience, and worse, which are now dated even in Australia. (The book
was written back in 1990.) Young people just won't understand these
references as they are no longer part of the current world. These
references, however, are only incidental to the story and the book can
be enjoyed despite of them.
Amazingly Realistic .............. Lockie and his family had just moved to a new house when school started
for Lockie. His first day of school was the worst it could possibly
have been. Although he got off to a rough start, he soon met a girl,
and falls in love with her. From this point on his life in the small
new town changed greatly. Some exciting things happened to him, but
were these new things what he really wanted?
This book is quite an easy read and is appropriate for middle
school students. The book's main themes are sex (in a mild non straight
forward way), love, and popularity. The author, Tim Winton is a superb
writer. He makes it seem that this story can happen to anyone because
it is so believable. The main character, Lockie Leonard, seems like
someone you could at school. Lockie seems just like a nice guy with
problems that everyone else has, an embarrassing family, annoying
teachers, and difficulty fitting in. When Winton writes, it seems like
you are listening to an Australian thirteen-year-old think. The book
gives you a lot of insight into what actual teenage boys think and
feel. The things that happen to Lockie are things that could happen in
real life. His reactions to these things are quite human and realistic,
unlike some books where the main character makes a dumb decision just
for the sake of the plot.
This book makes you feel like you are experiencing love for the
first time and gives you the feeling of being new in town. Tim Winton
is one of the best writers I have ever read. This is definitely a great
read even if it may be a bit easy for you.
fantastic book for young readers, especially males. …………. Lockie Leonard is a teenage boy into teenage
boy things. Apart from dealing with a new school and a crazy family, Lockie has
to deal with adolescent changes that are reeking havoc on his life. Trying to
stay cool, popular and in love make this Australian book a hilariously
realistic look at teenage life.
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