A newspaper review of The Black Dog Gang

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

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A person who could of turned out to be very threatening to Frankie’s nature, but was very unlikely, was Mickey. If the Black Dog Gang had not bred the rats then Mickey’s dad would probably still be alive. He was an extremely mean person and Mickey, after many years of being abused, could turn around to become the abuser. He might follow the footsteps of his dad and then find people closest to him to start being violent to. This could definitely hurt Frankie just as it hurt Mickey. But as Mickey was very thoughtful and had a strong personality that was not easily altered and I doubt that this would happen.

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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 . . .

The Black Dog Gang

The Black Dog Gang offers a realistic glimpse into the social and economic history of Sydney's The Rocks. It would fit into a range of theme studies, including identity, coming of age and friendship. There is an abundance of resources readily accessible to support readers in their study of this text.

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


The Black Dog Gang aren’t nearly as notorious as the time, place and circumstances in which they form – but don’t tell them that. Set in the Rocks district of Sydney at the turn of the last century, The Black Dog Gang pits the strength of the human spirit against backbreaking poverty, physical abuse and the odd outbreak of Bubonic Plague.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 . . .
I forget about not having friends before Mickey. He is like my replacement brother, as my first died before I was born. He is an inspiration and nice and his ideas for our newly formed Black Dog gang are innovative. He has great knowledge in many areas, as he could fix what I thought to be a broken box. I have a feeling of greatness, when he is near; the only problem is his dad. For the two months I’ve known him, he has been beaten on what I remember, 14 different occasions. Probably more, as he sometimes goes down to the docks to see his father without me. With our bags full of rats, the five of us began walking towardsthe line. We'd gone only a few yards when a voice sounded off to ourleft.

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

We turned our heads and say Bluey Lonnegan lifting himself up off asandstone 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 werecoming in off the ships and spreading disease. Then the governmentstarted offering tuppence a rat, so we decided to get stuck in. But wehadn't counted on someone getting sick. Or on Mickey's dad finding hisrats chaining Mickey up. And what happened next . . . well, it wouldchange things forever . . .

About The Author

Robert Newton works as a full-time firefighter with the MetropolitanFire Brigade. His first novel, , waspublished in 2001. Since then he has written four other novels foryoung people, including , which was published by Penguinin 2005. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and three daughters.