The Black Dog Gang by Robert Newton ISBN:9780143302148

Black Dog Gang by Robert Newton

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With our bags full of rats, the five of us began walking towards the line. We'd gone only a few yards when a voice sounded off to our left.

'What 'ave we 'ere, then?' it said.

We turned our heads and say Bluey Lonnegan lifting himself up off a sandstone wall.

'You're lookin' at the Black Dog Gang,' said Mickey.

'No doubt ya heard a us?'

The gang was Mickey's idea. We'd heard the rumours – rats were coming in off the ships and spreading disease. Then the government started offering tuppence a rat, so we decided to get stuck in. But we hadn't counted on someone getting sick. Or on Mickey's dad finding his rats chaining Mickey up. And what happened next . . . well, it would change things forever . . .

This new novel is set in the Rocks, Sydney in the early 20th century. When Frankie first meets his new neighbour Mickey Collins, he's not sure what to make of the scruffy, tough-talking ratbag. But Mickey soon proves he's quick on his feet and good in a fight. Ages 10-13.

About the Author: Robert Newton works as a firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. His first novel, My Name is Will Thompson, was published in 2001. Since then he has written seven other novels for young people, including Runner, The Black Dog Gang (shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards) and When We Were Two (winner of a Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction). He lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and three daughters.


Additional information


Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)

Readership Level

Teenage / Young Adult



Date of Publication

03 Sep 2007

The Black Dog Gang by Robert Newton ISBN 9780143302148

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