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Harry Kruize, Born to Lose

by Paul Collins 

A tale of the acceptance of change and loss; the importance of friends and family, and the uplifting strength that comes from hope.

Harry’s mum runs a boarding house for transient old men who are down on their luck. To counter his frustration and anger, Harry longs for the companionship of a dog. The Annual Gala at school features a dog hurdle race and more than anything in the world, Harry would love to enter a dog into that race and win it. Such a win would give him a sense of worth and belonging.

A new lodger, Jack Ellis, befriends Harry and shares a wealth of outback adventure stories featuring dogs with him.

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ISBN: 9781925272628
Publication date: March 2017
Extent: 225 pages
Format: B format paperback
Price: $17.95
Category: Contemporary Magic Realism
Age guide: 11+

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About the Author


Paul Collins is a writer of books for younger readers to young adults. He has been short-listed for several awards and has won the inaugural Peter McNamara, the A Bertram Chandler, Aurealis and William Atheling awards. Paul has tried his hand at various occupations. He served time in the army with 2 Commando Coy, trained with the Los Angeles Hell Drivers and worked in hotel security, various factories, and worked for Twentieth Century Fox and Metro Goldwyn Meyer. He currently runs Creative Net Speakers’ Agency for authors and illustrators of children’s books.

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