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Hussein is a ten-year-old refugee. At school in Australia, his classmates try to work out why he acts so strangely. As they get to know him better, they start to understand, and to treat him more kindly.
This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Chinese-Australian character.
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yA Taste of CockroachAllan Baillie,
Camberwell:Penguin,2005Z11920602005selected work short story 'Here is a journey that begins with a shuddering disaster in the Himalayas, and ends with an ill-starred romance on Mars. In between are adventures down the rivers of Cambodia and Laos, battles with bulls in Australian country towns, encounters with French agents, freelance photography assignments, handbag-snatchers in Naples, thong-flingers in Rangoon, bread queues in Afghanistan, and more' (Source: back cover blurb).Camberwell:Penguin,2005