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Hoods

Title

Hoods

Authors

Angela Betzien

Publisher

Currency Press

Pages

48 pages

Publication Year

2007

ISBN

9780868198002

Genre

drama

Topic

Family Relationships; Family Violence; Poverty; abuse; impoverished children; parentless

Annotation

Each night two hoods ride a train to a wrecking yard on the outskirts of the city. Here, in this cemetery of stories, they are storytellers with the power to fast forward, pause and rewind. Tonight, they tell the story of three kids left in a car. Rewind. It’s Friday, KFC night and the last day of school before Christmas. Kyle, Jessie and baby brother Troy are waiting in the car for their mum. As night approaches the car park takes on a dark and sinister aspect filled with strange and familiar characters. The shopping centre closes, Mum still hasn’t returned and the baby won’t stop crying. Exploring issues of poverty and family violence, Hoods is a suburban tale of survival and solidarity against the odds.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Family Formation

single mother

Main Character

boys and girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

community; poetry; car; survival

Item Type

Fiction

Format

play

Hoods

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