From the Author
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'Read Gunnedah Hero while I was away. I really appreciated the realism and themammoth amount of research that must've gone into it. I also liked the way thebook alternates between current day and 1910. Using naming the foal as a commonthread throughout the current-day story was a master stroke. As Gunnie wouldsay, love ya work. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. Wishing you everysuccess with it.'
Vicki Tyley - author.
'It's a beautiful story, Clancy, filled with likeable, enduring characters. Itdeserves to be in print. I loved the finish and how you wrapped it up. It allcame together beautifully - and that goes for both periods. You're an excellentstoryteller so there was never any need to slash and burn. I LOVE the back andforth of the Gunnie / Smokey timeframes. I reckon it works really well and addsa truly original element to the story. It also works for the suspense -especially now Gunnie has the dilemma of his aunt's phone call. It's good tokeep readers on edge and there's no shortage of action and drama in yourwriting.'
Julie Jay, 'Rebus Press' - Editor & author.'
My local librarian complained to me that there are not enough books for boys.She said the libraries are always looking for a great adventure story that willappeal to the young male members. Well, she can't go past this one. This is awonderful coming of age story for boys ... it is cleverly written and is a heartwarming and enjoyable read that will appeal to more than the child and youngadult audience it is targeting. I became totally lost in the bush settings andthe lives of the two main protagonists and felt like I was there with them. Ithas been favourably acclaimed by many notable people. You and your childrenwill love this book. What makes a great historical novel for kids? This man hasthe key to that genre.'
Elaine Ouston - Author, editor and publisher - Morris Publishing Australia.
'Clancy Tucker is a great writer and has produced a magnificent yarn for everyoneto enjoy. A delightful story that had me hooked right from the start. Clancy'sway of writing takes you right into the pages of the book, making you feel verymuch part of it ... you will find that once you start reading, you will want tocontinue, without interruption, until you've reached the end. This is a heartwarming, well written story that will transport you to another era and backagain, bringing with it lessons you can use in your own life today. You won'tbe disappointed ... it would make a great film. I would strongly recommend thisbook, it will leave an impression.'
Deb Cullen - UK author - book reviewer'
I loved the story. I found the plot believable and the characters authentic.The structure of parallel narrators works well, particularly because both boysare a similar age and have the same standards or principles. You have the verysuccessful formula of the kids showing just how capable they are in the absenceof adults, plus a few "baddies" to test or push them a little further.'
Geri Coughlan - Head Librarian, Trinity College, Melbourne.
"Wow! What a story. I loved it. It wasn't a book I would normally pick up toread, but it was a book I couldn't put down. Smokey was my fave, I found that Ididn't keep reading to see what was in the envelope, I kept reading becauseloved being on the journey with Smokey. I want the sequel now haha. Fntastic,really. I came to work with bleary eyes on numerous occasions because I stayedup late to read, unable to put it down. Thanks so much for giving me a copy.'
Tammy Lovett, Editor, Alexandra Standard, Yea Chronicle.
"There ismuch to learn and appreciate in this novel. There are references to bush lore,bush tucker and medicines, the wild life, the value of the Bulletin, the postalservices, the country courts, all windows into life one hundred years ago.Though most names and some places are fictional, quite a few places are not andcan be found via the Internet, including Gunnedah which still has its memorialto the murdered miners. There is a glossary of terms, a family tree in thisabsorbing family history, and a website for reader interaction. This is avaluable read for ages 10 and over, in fact for all ages. JDA"
Book review in CBCA magazine, 'Reading Time', February 2012 Vol 56, No 1. JohnAdams - Book reviewer - CBCA
"I lovedIt! I couldn't put it down and it is full of wonderful characters; stories andsub-stories that are so interesting it's like reading the Arabian nights. Onestory leads to another then another and it goes on, linking to something elsejust as extraordinary. The peripheral happenings are as magnetic as the maingoings on. Fantastic! You're on a winner. Good luck. It deserves to benoticed."
"Gunnedah Hero is a book that will be remembered long after its reading. Thisis a perfectly crafted, exceptionally well-written book which has beenself-published. It comes highly recommended by the reviewer."Anastasia Gonis - Book Reviewer for 'Buzz Words' - January 2012.
Great book review - 'Daily Telegraph', Thursday 21 February 2013:
THE cover says this book is aimedat the young adult market, but your mature adult reviewer found it aneminently enjoyable read. The story involves 14-year-old ''Gunnie''Danson reading a manuscript written by his great great-grandfather''Smokey'' Danson who, also aged 14, set out on a droving adventure during the1910 drought. With two horses and three dogs, Smokey drove 100 cattle acrossnorthern NSW, from Coonabarabran to Armidale, becoming involved in manyadventures in the ''long paddock'' while camping under the ''drover's blanket''(the Milky Way).