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Four Small Stones (A humorous action, adventure, survival series for children, middle grade, teen and young adult) (Urban Hunters Book 1) Kindle Edition
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By: Gary Taaffe
Published August 3, 2011 by Bunya Publishing
Available Format: ebook
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Billy is a thirteen-year-old Aboriginal boy from the bush. The spirit of his mother has chosen him to travel where the whites live. His clan is facing extinction, and it is up to young Billy to find some girls and a future for them. Billy really doesn't want to go, but he has more imminent problems to deal with. Billy's brothers are constantly pulling pranks on each other, and this time Billy is their target. He cooks up a plan to get back at them big time. His plan involves a rotten Roo, some stimulating biscuits, a blanket of bat poop, and a trip to the crystal cave.
I originally thought, with a thirteen-year-old protagonist and low word count, this would be good to read with my son. We did start it together, but I read ahead and decided it was a bit more mature than he is ready for at the moment. We did have an interesting conversation about the Aborigines and Australian animals and culture. It is more toward the end of the story that the plot takes a little turn and the language gets a bit harsh. If he were in his early teens, I would have been more comfortable with him finishing the story.
For me, though, it was truly enjoyable! The young brothers have such a fun rapport, even though they are trying to one up each other all the time. They certainly can pull some disgusting pranks, and Billy's was elaborate and hilarious!
All throughout the story, I marveled at how authentic everything felt. Heartwarming and fun! I can't wait to check out the next in the series...
With well rounded characters, Gary Taffe has weaved a tale that gives the reader a glimpse of the tribal life that Billy and his people live in the Australia bush. An enjoyable, well written book that has its funny, yet serious side, Four Small Stones is the journey's beginning!
The first novel doesn't send Billy into the wide world instead keeping him at home an providing the reader with a clear view of what a culture shock Billy will face. There are no corner shops in the Australian bush. If you want to get somewhere you go by feet. This first instalment of the series is simply fun and instructive. After reading this novel, my 11-year-old Canadian Alex expressed sympathy for the Aborigines in the story and an interest in learning more about the history of the people.
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