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90 Packets of Instant Noodles

Written by Deb Fitzpatrick


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Joel and Craggs are in it together. They drink booze together, they flirt with petty theft together and, when Craggs turns violent, they face the consequences together too. That’s until Joel’s dad makes a deal with the police. Craggs is off to juvenile detention and Joel to solitary confinement.

Ninety days of fending for himself in a remote bush shack with no radio, telephone or fridge. Miles from anywhere, Joel starts to like his own company, till one day the past tracks him down. Craggs is on his doorstep and he hasn’t changed a bit.

‘Deb Fitzpatrick has written a clean and realistic depiction of adolescent boys behaving badly. It is a cautionary tale and should resonate with a target audience that is sometimes difficult to reach.’ The Age

‘A good read for older teens.’ Herald Sun

‘Loyalty is the theme of this excellent first novel, which delicately treads the minefield of adolescence gone wrong. Deb Fitzpatrick skilfully renders the ripple effect when a 15-year-old gets into the wrong company and enjoys it … it is, more importantly, freighted with fine writing and insights into human nature.’ Weekend Australian

‘This is a very well written novel. Joel is utterly believable and has a compelling voice.’ Reading Time

‘Fitzpatrick is a writer to watch. Highly recommended for readers 14-plus.’ The West Australian

‘The realistic plot, excellent characterisation and development of relationships make this novel a worthwhile read for older teenagers.’ Magpies

‘… this is definitely a good read, offering powerful lessons of resilience and self-reliance that will engage the type of audience who would most benefit from the more reflective aspects of the novel.’ Scan


CBCA Book of the Year Awards (Notable Book 2011)

ISBN 9781921361999 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Children's ebooks
Young Adult
Pages 288
Publication Year 2010
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
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    Deb Fitzpatrick

    Deb Fitzpatrick lives and works in Fremantle, as a freelance editor and writer. Deb wrote 90 packets of instant noodles while living in a shack in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, and Have you seen Ally Queen? while backpacking through South America. She wrote The Amazing Spencer Gray at a café in South Fremantle. Deb has a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) from UWA and teaches professional writing and editing at Curtin University. Read more