Angels Gate



Title: Angel’s Gate
Author: Gary Crew
Publisher: William Heinemann Australia
Publishing Date: 1993

Setting: Angels Gate is set in fairly modern times around about 1980-1990. I know this because of the way the people dress and by the way the people talk. The way the people in the novel talk is very similar to how people talk now but the people in the novel don’t use as much slang as most people do now. The way the people in the novel dress is also very similar to how people dress now but the people in the novel wear daggy clothes which are out of fashion now. A good example of how the people in the novel dress similarly but really daggy to people now, is when Julia wore a pink dress with puffy sleeves and silver high heel shoes to a dance.
It is set in a country town called Jericho and I think the town is in Australia because the bush landscape around the town is very similar to Tasmania and the trees in the bush are Australian natives such as the gum.
I feel that it isn’t that important where this book is set as long as it is in a country town with bush landscapes. If it were set in the city it wouldn’t be very good because the wild children wouldn’t get very wild because there are always people around. Another reason it wouldn’t be very good is that the wild children would be found much easier as there are not as many places to hide in the city as compared to the bush.

Plot: Angel’s Gate is about two children Mickey and Leena who disappear after the murder of their father Patrick Flannagan. The town’s people first knew the children were still alive when eggs started to go missing from farm chicken yards on the outskirts of town.
The people in the town searched for the children but they didn’t find them until one night when Leena got trapped in a chicken yard and was caught. Leena was taken to a house called “The Laurels” which was a doctor’s surgery. Leena was looked after in the surgery where she got to know Julia and Kim who were the children of the doctor. She told them where her brother Mickey was hiding and that he was different.
Mickey was eventually caught when Kim and Julia’s boyfriend Bobby went camping. They found where Mickey was hiding and trapped him there so the police could get him. Once he was caught they found out that Mickey was the person who killed Patrick Flannagan and it was an accident so the people who were going to be charged for the murder were released.

Main Characters: Kim: Kim is about 12 years old and he is fairly popular at school. He can over exaggerate a bit but he is generally truthful and he is very kind and caring. At home he is really nice and always helps doing jobs around the house as well as helping in the doctor’s surgery. Kim really likes art and is also a very talented artist. His dream is to have a bike but he is not allowed to have one.

Julia: Julia is Kim’s sister and she has a boyfriend called Bobby. Julia is rather insensitive towards Kim and her family and all she talks about is Bobby. Julia is in her last year at school and next year she has to go to a private school on the coast. Julia doesn’t want to go to the private school, as she wants to become a manager of a hotel. Julia works at a café in town and also works as a waitress part time at the local pub.

Bobby: Bobby is a typical country kid who has lived on a farm his whole life. He now works on his dad’s farm and he gets paid. He loves cars and has his own shevy ute which he always uses to take Julia for drives in. He is really kind and caring and doesn’t care if Kim hangs around him when he is with Julia. Bobby wants to move to the coast once he has earned enough money to get a house.

Leena: Leena is