1. What do we learn about Johnny Blue in the first three paragraphs?
In the first three paragraphs of the story we learn that Johnny Blue does not care if a person has black or white skin, he is feared by all the other school kids, he is not afraid to fight and is very protective of his mother.
2. What do we learn about the narrator in the first three paragraphs?
We learn that the narrator has black skin and gets a lot of trouble because of this. We also learn that the narrator has moved to the town with his mother, his father is soon to be out of from prison.
3. Copy the simile (comparison between two things using words ‘like’ or ‘as’) in paragraph four. What image of the houses does this simile create in your mind?
“There wasn’t much at Quarra: only a school, a pub, a store and a few houses settles in the yellow dust like a flock if tired cockatoos”. It creates a picture of a few old run-down houses that are scattered around the yellow dust in random blocks of land.
4. What do we learn about the narrator’s opinion about himself?
He knows that he doesn’t deserve half of the trouble that he gets and that he knows that by sticking with Johnny Blue he will stay safe. He also knows that after the sports days people that are normal mean to him try to ‘suck up’ to him because they know they were wrong about him.
5. What message is conveyed about Johnny Blue when he says “You buggers let the kid alone and fight me”?
Johnny blue knows that the narrator can’t win the fight and that he can. Johnny does this because he knows the kids will leave the narrator alone so Johnny can try to get to know him better.
6. Why does the narrator get beaten by Mr Ackland?
The narrator is called into Mr Ackland’s office where he can smell the alcohol on Mr Acklands breath. The narrator assumes that he will again be beaten by his principle so he tries to prevent it...