The Goat Who Sailed The World

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Captain Cook's goat is the first of many historical animals to bring the past to life. the HM Bark Endeavour is sailing to tahiti to map the transit of Venus, but there are rumours that once the task is completed, Lieutenant James Cook has a set of secret orders - orders that command him to search for the Great South Land. Isaac is twelve and has joined the crew of the Endeavour as a master's servant, good for scrubbing decks and not much else. He's certainly not considered good enough to fetch hay for the Goat who will provide fresh milk for Cook and his officers. And this goat even has more experience at sea than Isaac - she has already sailed around the world once, watching the ocean and lands slip by from her spot on the quarterdeck. Over the months on board the Endeavour, a friendship grows between the Goat and Isaac, one that will last through shipwreck, bushfire and illness. A friendship that helps in the discovery of exotic new lands ... Ages 9 - 13
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'GRIPPING, EMOTIONAL AND MOVING'

-- New Idea on Facing the Flame (The Matilda Saga, Book 7)

A killer lurks behind the kindness of the Gibber's Creek community. Under the burnt timber of the church, the police have found the body of Merv Ignatious, the man who so viciously attacked Jed Kelly when she was fifteen, and tried to kill her and her unborn child in last year's bushfire.

And also in the church lie skeletons from many years ago.

Newcomer Fish Johnstone refuses to believe Jed Kelly's husband, Sam McAlpine, killed Merv to save his wife and child, as the police suspect. Nor could heavily pregnant Jed have killed him nor Scarlett, who is now at last managing to leave her wheelchair to walk a few steps.

But Fish must also face her own mystery -- a father who recently appeared as a Vietnamese 'boat person' refugee, but has vanished once again.

As the last dingo howls on the hills above the river, Fish finds that Gibber's Creek has many secrets. And some of them are deadly.

Set in the late 1970s, this haunting story shows how love and kindness can create the courage to face the past.


PRAISE FOR THE MATILDA SAGA

'The perfect read for anyone who loves immersing themselves in Australian fiction. Gripping, emotional and moving, Facing the Flame is a great book to curl up with on a warm spring night.' -- New Idea

'Highly recommended ... this was a complete binge, read in one night because it was just too good and too gripping to put down ... a cracking story filled with rich characters both old and new and imbued with all that we hold dear about Australian love of country and mateship' -- ReadPlus

'An entertaining and fascinating read that accurately captures the feel of the early 1970s' -- Canberra Weekly

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Publisher
HarperCollins Australia
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Published on
Apr 1, 2010
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780730444497
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / General
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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The third title in the Matilda saga, which began with A WALTZ FOR MATILDA and followed with THE GIRL FROM SNOWY RIVER A true cross-over, that becomes a terrific holiday read for our literary adult market A page-turning, heart-warming family saga set in the Snowy Mountains during the Depression in the 1930s. Ages:11 years+ Blue Laurence has escaped the prison of her aunt's mansion to join the Magnifico Family Circus, a travelling troupe that brings glamour and laughter to country towns gripped by the Depression. Blue hides her crippled legs and scars behind the sparkle of a mermaid's costume; but she's not the only member of the circus hiding a dark secret. the unquenchable Madame Zlosky creates as well as foresees futures. the bearded lady is a young man with laughing eyes. A headless skeleton dangles in the House of Horrors. And somewhere a murderer is waiting ... to strike again. this third book in the Waltz for Matilda saga is set in 1932, at the height of the Depression. Miss Matilda is still running Drinkwater Station, but has put aside her own tragedy to help those suffering in tough economic times and Joey, from the Girl from Snowy River, uses his new medical skills to solve a mystery. Praise for A Waltz for Matilda: 'Jackie French has a passion for history, and an enviable ability to weave the fascinating minutiae of everyday life into a good story.' Magpies Magazine Praise for the Girl from Snowy River: '... when I was 11 or 12, I would have read and reread it until it fell to bits. It has everything: horses, poems, ghosts, heroism, war, the bush and a love story.' Saturday Age 'this is a genuine gem that is impossible to put down and must be swallowed whole in one sitting.' Newcastle Herald Ages: 11+
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