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Archie (Paperback) (Joan Westerman)
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Teenage boys, Jacko, Jesse, and Archie spend their days goofing around, trying to beat one another in swimming races. For some reason, Archie can't seem to relax and have fun with his friends. Born in a community where he knew he was tied to his land, customs and spirit, that was who he was and where he would remain. Why did he have feelings of restlessness and uncertainty? Archie yearned for something deeper, more tangible. He realised he was different; his passion was for Jesse, not for girls. Knowing how people would react, Archie has no choice but to keep this quiet, even to his ill mother. After her early death, Archie struggles to come to terms with his loss and feels alone until he meets Kirra, who he finds solace in. Like Archie, Kirra dreams to move away and make something of herself one day. Unfortunately, her responsibility as the eldest child ties her down in many ways. Do they have the courage to leave their past behind? Is a new place really what they want?