Only Ten Ava Coombes

Only Ten Ava Coombes

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  •  Only Ten
  • Hussein (The Shah) 
  • Ava Coombes Ms Nash
  • By Alan Bailie
  • Hussein arrives at his new school
  • "You alright Hussein? How do you like school?"
  • 1+2=3
  • Refugees
  • "They can see in here..."
  • The Swimming Day
  • "You taking off your t-shirt Hussein?"
  • Bruce visits Hussein's house
  • "Nothing lasts."
  • When The Shah arrives in class, Miss Ryan tries to get him settled in by asking what he does not feel comfortable with. Hussein replies with "Windows".   "Windows? What's wrong with them?" Where The Shah replies, "They can see in here"
  • Hussein supports Pearl
  • "It's like he has done it before..."
  • At the swimming day, Hussein refuses to take off his purple shirt and the starting pistol seemed very suspicious to him. So he picked up the pistol, took it apart, then put it back together again as if he had been doing it in his sleep.
  • The next swimming day
  • "And only ten... right boys, take your blocks."
  • After leaving the vets with his rabbit, Hussein invites Bruce to his house, saying that there is no one at home except for an old uncle and a mouse and a few old photos. While Bruce is at Hussein's house, he notices a photo of Hussein when he was little with his parents. Hussein doesn't talk about the photo, but rather speaks about his mice, explaining that nothing lasts.
  • After Pearl's sister, Suzy, dies, Pearl takes 2 days off school and when she returns, no one wants to talk to her as they do not know how. But Hussein walks up to her, looks at her and squeezed her hand.  The Shah acted towards Pearl as if he had done it done it before, many times. As if other kids had done it for him.
  • By the next swimming carnival, Hussein and Bruce are best friends and Bruce calls Hussein 'Huss' or 'Horse'. "hey Horse, going to beat me today?"   "Why not?"  And with that, Hussein pulled to purple shirt over his head, revealing two large scars. "And only ten", murmured Mr Henney.
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