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A Prayer for Blue Delaney


Chapter 1:

The first chapter is about a boy named Colm, who is very sad because he has to live in an orphanage. There is also another boy in the orphanage named Dibs.

Colm was only five years old when his mother brought him to the orphanage.

He tries to run away because he would like to live with his mother, but one of the nuns is faster than Colm and can catch him. After that a big and red faced man asks Colm what he knows about Australia. The nun, her name is Clothilde, should bring Dibs and Colm to Australia.

Chapter 2:

In this chapter Colm is already on the ship to Australia. There are some Irish children on the boat too and a boy, who falls down from the railing. Colm saves the boys live, but the kids laugh about him. After that Colm meets Sister Mercia, who is a nun. Later he makes friendship with a boy named Tommy. Tommy is from Belfast and they are eating dinner together.

Chapter 3:

Tommy and Colm make a blood-brotherhood. And Dibs then asked Colm why he did that? He tells him all he knows. Colm thinks back about his family. Sister Mercia plays music with him. The next day he goes to a wedding. The wedding guests are lucky.

Chapter 4:

Colm and Tommy drive to Contarf. There they look around and then a boy asks Dibs, what Colms name is. Suddenly they must take off their clothes - Dibs is not lucky about that, because he can't swim. Colm saves Dibs life. After many hours Colm writes a letter to his mother. It is important for him. In this letter he writes about his feelings and other personal things.

Then he went to bed. He thinks about the orphanage and he hopes that he will never see Sister Clothilde again. Then he does a prayer for it. On the next day he went to school because he would like to go swimming. At school some kids insult him. They call Colm "Pommy-Bastard" and then it all escalates.

Chapter 5:

In the fifth Chapter Colm and Dibs get punished in the dining room, because they tell what happened at the river. The brother says that they are liars. Colm and Dips get hit on their back, but after some moments Colm takes all the guilt on himself, so he alone receives the hits whit a strap. At the end of the chapter Colm wakes up from a dream. He hurts himself with pieces of glass in his palm and goes to the Matron´s office.

He say it`s because of a dream he had in which Dibs drowns in the river.

Chapter 6

Colm is then brought to the orphanage Bindoon. There he sees Tommy. He is very happy to see him again, but Tommy said that Bindoon is like hell.

Chapter 7

Tommy runs away from Bindoon. On the next morning Colm finds Tommy. Later Tommy dies by an accident. They say it was an accident.

Chapter 8:

After Tommy is dead, the boys do not eat any longer. Colm once threw a fist full of potatoes into Brother Dennis face, after that Dennis beat Colm.

Colm places his prayer card next to the cross of Tommy’s grave at night. He then walks away from Bindoon without any shoes. Walking barefoot his feet start to hurt very soon. He starts humming. His plan is to go to Fremantle and hire on a s.....[read full text]

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Also his mother died early. On the next morning while Bill& Rusty are still sleeping, Colm finds a book of maps and a black and white photograph with the title; “Blue Delaney(1949) “ Colm likes the idea that this could be his mother, so he puts the picture into his Bible

Chapter 13:

Bill and Colm camp on the same place never more than 2 nights. Bill looks for work in small town where they make knives and garden tools there. Colm reads in his bible when he has nothing to do. They celebrate Christmas in a open field. Colm can’t sleep this night, so they make a Christmas play. For Christmas Colm receives a harmonica as a present.

Chapter 14:

They drive on through different towns until they reach Kalgoorlie. Once gold was discovered there. A guy named Nugget Mallay lives there with his dark-skinned wife Doreen. Doreen loves kids, and she speaks a native language beside English.

When Bill drives away with Nugget, Rosie (11 years old) had to keep on an eye on Colm, and Colm kept an eye on Rusty.

Rosie showed him around and tells about her family. When-Bill and Nugget don’t come back Colm starts to worry. On the next day Colm starts to search for them and he can find both men drunk in the back of Tin Annie.



Chapter 15:

While Colm waits for Bill, Doreen tells a story about the people of her home.

The young wise girl is named “yartooka”. She had to sustain a test against hunger, pain and fear. She went to the sky and was named the seven stars sisters. Colm listens to the stories Doreen tells.

Chapter 16:

Policemen came and got the two little boys into their car. But Rosie and Colm run away with Barbara and Jimmy. Doreen was beaten and cried, then Rosie and Barbara were taken too

Then Bill and Nugget came back and Nugget shouts at Doreen, he wants to get Rosie back. Colm prayed for all of them. Later Colm should call Bill “Granddad”.

Chapter 17:

They drove down an open road to the dog fence to repair it. Suddenly Rusty was bit by a snake, they think he will die. Bill makes cuts behind Rusty’s ears and gave her salty water. The dog survives, and Colm prayed and was sleepi.....

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Then he prayed for Blue Delaney. As Bill saw the picture he asked angrily why Colm has that picture. He took it away from Colm and threw it into the fire and tells Colm something about Blue Delaney. On the next day Bill was still silent. They drove to Pine Creek. In a bar there Bill asked where the boss is. Then they drove to the boss of the bar, Mrs. Mahoney. Annie Mahoney. She was the eponym of Tin Annie.

Chapter 20

They drove along a narrow track into the hills behind Pine Creek. Colm didn’t want to go there but it could not be prevented. The first thing Colm saw was the big white house and an even bigger garden with beautiful flowers and fruits. As an aboriginal Woman, the housekeeper opened the door. Bill went inside and talked with an old woman, Annie Mahoney, for a while.

Colm heard something about a girl named Violet. It looks like it was the daughter of Bill. He was confused. So he went outside to Rusty. He heard the voices from Bill and Annie inside the house. They talk about him, Bill wants that Annie takes care of Colm. As he walked through the nice garden he saw a girl. Her name is Lily and her grandmother makes the garden for Annie. Lily shoes him how to eat and drink coconut.

Chapter 21

Bill has to hunt a boar, but Colm doesn’t want him to do that. He was afraid. But then they went into the wilderness searching for the boar and they found it. Colm was sitting silent in the scrub while Bill sneaked to the boar. Suddenly the animal turns around and sees Bill. At once it hits Bill very hard, he flies a few meters trough the air. Then Bill cried loud.

Colm jumped behind a rock. Bills leg was ripped out and blood poured out. Then the boar sank her teeth to attack bill again. Bill shouted to Colm that he has to run for help. But Colm came over to Bill. He took a stick from the ground and hit the boar again and again. Then Colm grabbed the gun and shoot at the boar. Bill was hurt hard on his leg, so hard that Colm could see his bones.

He brought Bill to Tin Annie and drove along the road. But suddenly the car stopped. He tried to start it again but it did not work. So Colm got out and ran to Tara Downs. He told the story as short as possible. They put Colm into the bedroom and called the flying doctor to bring Bill to t.....

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Chapter 27

Bill wants to see Blue, because she was silent for a long time. She says everything is falling apart. One night Joe and Colm went into the hospital, because Bill seemed worse. Blue cried loud. She also slept in the hospital. On the next morning Bill was dead.

Chapter 28

Colm felt like it should be raining, he pulled out and playing harmonica and let a flower fall into the grove. At the evening Colm goes to the pier with Joe and they talk about the future. Joe said that Colm and Blue are a team.

Chapter 29

Finally Blue wants to live with Colm in a house. Mrs. Mahoney sent Rusty and Tin Annie to Melbourne. They have a nice house with four rooms and friendly neighbours. Sometimes they watch TV with them on their veranda because they are one of the first families in Melbourne which had a TV. Joe wants to make Blue a wedding request soon. She was very happy and said yes.

So they married and Colm was the best man. Finally Colm has the family he always wanted.

Character Log

Colm:

-he’s a 11 year old orphan from England

-he got a very strong character but can be sensitive too

-he searches for his mother

-he can play the piano and the harmonica

-he has always a bad dream when it rains

-Bill is like a father to him

-his life isn’t very easy (first he “lost” his mum, then Tommy, and finnaly Bill)

-as Bill was in the hospital he went to Blue Delaney, the daughter of Bill

-at least he had a real family and he’s happy



Dibs:

-he’s an orphan too

-he’s very sensible, he cries very often

-a bad friend

-liar

Tommy:

-he’s an orphan too

-he.....

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-a good storyteller

-she loves kids

Nugget:

-husband of Doreen

-he’s an old mate of Bill

-very brave (he wants to save the children all alone)

Rosie:

-daughter of Doreen

-11 years old

-aboriginal

-tells Colm something about her family

-ran away with Colm as the police try to cat.....

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