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Budgie Smugglers (A humorous action, adventure, survival series for children, middle grade, teen and young adult) (Urban Hunters Book 4) Kindle Edition
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|Grade Level: 7 - 12|
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The Urban Hunters is a serialized story by author Gary Taaffe telling the story of an aborigine named Billy, who's on his walkabout as part of his becoming a man. I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series, which mainly focused on Billy's time in the tribe and his early days in the city; this part of the story mainly focuses on Billy's attempts to survive in the city, which mainly means he's hunting wild animals in the park, meeting a few new people, and trying his best to explain the way he sees the world to them while they do their best to help him understand technology. It all sounds simple, but one of the joys of the Urban Hunters series is that simplicity. This isn't a tale about modern prejudice, or about the tragedy of modern life, or the simplicity of the aborigine lifestyle; it's simply about a boy and his adventures, and Taaffe never forgets that, finding the hook for his story in Billy's day-to-day activities. It's an odd way to tell a serialized story, given that that type of tale usually draws its power from hooking the reader with cliffhangers. Instead, Taaffe draws us in by making us care about the characters, be it through Billy's relationship with a homeless girl, his encounters with a group of orphaned children, or simply through wondering where each meal will come from. (Answer to the last question: usually from killing and cooking feral animals, ranging from rats to cats and beyond. As a content note, anyone who doesn't want fairly graphic descriptions of animals being killed and eaten might want to look elsewhere; that being said, this isn't presented as cruelty, but rather a hunter who hunts to survive, not for fun.) Each book in the series is nicely self-contained, building on the previous entries while still essentially telling it's own arc in Billy's life (for instance, his meeting with the man who owned his dogs, or his encounter with the aforementioned orphans, or the backstory of the young girl he meets); that being said, it's hard to separate the books from each other, especially when you read them back to back - it's evident that they're a single work, broken into sections. And while Urban Hunters may never feel like a high-stakes story, it's still an engaging, fun one, one that tells an interesting story about a character we like and immerses us in his unique worldview, and that's enough to make this a great read. Combine that with its insights into aborigine culture and you have a series that I'd highly recommend for all sorts of reasons.
We get to see more of Billy and Amber's adventures in Budgie Smugglers. Billy is a boy from the Australian bush and Amber is a city girl that Billy meets. This book was just as laugh out loud funny as the first three books in this series. It was charming yet brutally honest and raw at the same time. The contrast between the two is so interesting. Like Billy talking about eating kangaroo pups and Amber being horrified by it. Then Billy explained it was to keep his grandfather fat so he can stay warm in the extreme conditions of living in the bush. See! They ate baby kangaroos and it's disturbing and cute at the same time. And there were just enough gross-out scenes to make you squeal. Billy roasting a cat in a straight-forward way made me squirm. It was awesome. No way would I ever want to see Billy cook something, but I love reading about it in all it's gory detailed glory. Billy slowly learning about girls and falling in love for the first time in his innocent way was just plain adorable. I can't get enough of these characters and their adventures.
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