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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

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

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

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