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On the exterior it seems that Dougy the book is all about racism However when you delve further into Dougy many other strong messages come across Some that stand out are finding yourself appreciating what we have and most strongly having an open mind At the beginning Dougy the boy is timid unsure of his life and seems to be in everyones shadow Whilst being trapped in the hall with the floodwaters rising- Dougy comes out of his shell and comes to the rescue His brave efforts probably save the lives of Gracey and Raymond These events bring out the best in Dougy and he gains confidence in being able to achieve his dreams He did indeed find himself and this made him bloody lucky Do you take things for granted Dougy showed us that there are so many people out there to who a new car sparks a cry of delight Yet do we even blink an eyelid when we see a new Commodore drive past Oh no its just another car These feelings dont just apply to cars too- but too everything We really need to appreciate what we have not be greedy and just be happy with what we have- so many others arent as fortunate as you or me This message comes out clearly especially when the family goes to Brisbane A lot of trouble brews in Dougy from not having an open mind and accepting the opinions and views of others As you read the book you will also see the influence that others can have on our feelings Pay attention to the changed attitudes of the children to Gracey after their parents have talked to them James Moloney puts very different personalities into his characters and shows us the different types of people in this world There are the understanding people who will listen to both sides of an argument and follow their hearts and
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