Blood by Tony Birch (Read More)

Jesse age 13, has sworn to protect his younger sister Rachel. Half siblings, with fingertips sliced, their blood intermingles and they swear to never part, a pact made in blood.   Jesse knows full well this is an incredible task. Hiding in abandoned farms and seedy motels with their train wreck of a mother, Gwen, they seek to  dodge all that pursue them, everyone from Human Services child carers, the police, murderous drunks, thieves and drug dealers.  Ever so subtly, Tony Birch explores the very modern day complexities of race and the morality of separating siblings when their parents are clearly incompetent. Sure to become an Australian classic, Blood is an impressive read.

Review by Nicole Maher @ greatescapebooks