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The Styx by [Holland, Patricia]
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Length: 281 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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"A movingly-great read! A great story teller. After reading the first chapter I found myself laughing along with the main character’s wonderfully silent sense of humour which comes through easily
and naturally. I loved her powerfully hungry take on life and the environment.

Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people need to be represented by more voices in fiction. I know children in similar situations who have hardly had a whisper of life, let alone
a voice.

In this wonderfully drawn protagonist, the author’s unique style caused this sardonic Murri to read the entire book in a sitting. I cheered for both the author and the resilient, eccentric character who will live long in both heart and memory."
John Wenitong (Pemulwuy Weeatunga, author of The Fethafoot Chronicles)

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Sophie can’t walk or talk, but behind her disability hides a keen intelligence. Living on The Styx River cattle station with her father and a nanny, Sophie is acutely aware that she is a non-person. She feels as voiceless and isolated as the wallabies of The Wall, an eerie wilderness of basalt lava tubes forming a natural stone labyrinth that protects its remote lushness from anyone foolish enough to wander in.

Sophie’s mother Rose, as The Wall’s indigenous custodian, taught Sophie its secrets. When a bitter divorce forces Rose to leave, Sophie is powerless to stop her grazier father from taking custody of both Sophie and The Wall.

Advances in computer technology enable Sophie to communicate, a fact she keeps secret from her father and his “cronies”. In Sophie’s presence, unaware she understands everything, they plot to develop a multi-million dollar tourist resort in The Wall. The development will only go ahead if the rare wallabies are already extinct, so they hire roo shooters to help nature along.

In desperation Sophie writes Silent Scream, an anonymous blog that reveals the threat. When an environmental study team commissioned to find the wallabies goes missing, the rescuers appeal to Silent Scream for help. Raising awareness is one thing, but how can one impossibly disabled girl who can’t help herself, help save the lives of others?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1702 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Lacuna Publishing (10 October 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07653LSMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anthony T White
5.0 out of 5 starsShould be an Oscar winning movie.
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Valerie Cameron
5.0 out of 5 starsWow! an exciting journey through the highs and the lows of human nature, set in a landscape of mesmerising beauty..
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John Wenitong
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Australian masterpiece
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