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A story of friendship, courage and a bit of crime. Bridget wants a quiet life. Including, if possible, keeping her parents out of prison. Then a boy called Menzies makes her an offer she can't refuse, and they set off on a job of their own. It's a desperate, daring plan – to rescue two kids, Jamal and Bibi, from a desert detention centre. Can Bridget and Menzies pull off their very first jail break, or will they end up behind bars too? Sometimes, to help a friend, you have to dig deep.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143300465

    June 7, 2004

    Puffin

    208 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • EBook

    9781742280981

    June 7, 2004

    Penguin eBooks

    180 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2006
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2007
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    Younger Readers
  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards
    2011
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards
    2011
    Winner
    Hall of Fame
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Years 7–9

Also by Morris Gleitzman

Once
Maybe
Boy Overboard
Once And Then
After
Soon
Now
Help Around the House
Snot Chocolate
Toad Delight
Gift of the Gab
Loyal Creatures
Extra Time
Pizza Cake
Too Small To Fail
Grace
Toad Surprise
Give Peas A Chance
Doubting Thomas
Aristotle's Nostril
Worm Story
Water Wings
Second Childhood
The Other Facts of Life

Recommendations

Undercover Princess
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons series)
Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
The Sun is also a Star
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Love, Simon
Turtles All the Way Down
WaR: Wizards And Robots
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Why I Love Footy
Boy Overboard
Warcross
A Wrinkle In Time
The Hidden Oracle: The Trials Of Apollo (Book 1)
The Hazel Wood
Two Wolves
Last Chance
Anne Of Green Gables
Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories
Artemis Fowl