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P E T E R

Kate Walker


First published 1991 by Omnibus Books, Australia
First American edition 1993 by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston
Smashwords edition published by Kate Walker 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4659-1660-0

Copyright Kate Walker 1991

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the author or subsequent copyright holder.

All characters are fictitious and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Dear Reader,
This is a revised version of the original novel first published in Australia in 1991, and the US in 1993. American readers please note I’ve used the Australian word ‘fringe’ instead of ‘bangs’. A fringe is a fall of hair across the forehead.



Table of Contents

1 – Friday morning! School holidays!
2 – A bit about me.
3 – I was down on the flat …
4 – “Peter, is that you?”
5 – Mum came home at 3.30 …
6 – David Rutherford lives two blocks down …
7 – The Markets is a big steel shed …
8 – A dinner to remember!
9 – With my bedroom door open …
10 – He sat on the end of my bed.
11 – Tony came round …
12 – At the Mall …
13 – On the way home …
14 – The first bikes arrived …
15 – I peeked inside the garage …
16 – I started my bike …
17 – I flew into the paddock …
18 – Tony phoned …
19 – “What were yus doin’ …
20 – I’m not scared of sex.
21 – Dad dropped in …
22 – Vince suggested the subdivision …
23 – I crossed to the curb …
24 – I roared down Valley View Parade.
25 – Peak hour traffic …
26 – On Saturday Mum baked cakes …
27 – On Monday I caught a bus …
28 – I drew some money out …
29 – I took up smoking …
30 – With my head still woozy …
31 – Wednesday was cloudy …
32 – Friday morning …
33 – Three days later …
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