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Author: Ivan Southall

From the minute Josh steps off the train at Ryan Creek, he knows that fitting in is going to be hard work.

Maybe that’s because he’s a Plowman, which in Ryan Creek is the next best thing to being royalty. Josh doesn’t know anyone, and no one really knows him. So why does the entire town have expectations of him? Expectations he can’t ever expect to fill? Besides, why should he try to be anyone else?

It’s tough enough just being Josh, without being a Plowman as well.

Josh was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1971, a fitting tribute for one of the true classics of Australian children’s literature, penned by one of its great masters.