Jane Smith is a school librarian at Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba, Queensland and an avid ...
Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy is a wonderful new series featuring Tommy’s time travelling escapades that take him face-to-face with some of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers.
The hero of the series, Tommy Bell, lives in regional NSW in contemporary times but is able to travel back in time to the gold rush days by wearing an old bushranger’s hat that he discovered on his grandfather’s farm.
Tommy and his friends find themselves up close and personal with one of Australia’s well known outlaws. With each adventure there is plenty of danger and excitement: armed hold-ups, sieges, frauds, shoot-outs, police chases, jail-time and much more.
Each book cleverly incorporates a parallel story from Tommy’s twenty-first century life that tests his friendships and develops his character.
Book 2 - The Horse Thief - released early 2017
Tommy Bell is happy when the popular new kid at school wants him to join his gang. His new friend is trouble but he’s not half as much trouble as the bushranger that Tommy meets when his magic hat takes him back to the gold rush days. Tommy finds himself in the middle of a horse robbery, a police chase and a prison escape!
weaves fact and fiction together
Teacher librarian, archivist and author Jane Smith continues to weave fact and fiction together in her Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy series. These short junior novels are suited to young readers beginning their chapter book journey and are a great read aloud class novel. They also support the Year 5 History Curriculum and provide understanding into the era, making them an easy to use research tool - comparing and contrasting daily life, transport and the motives behind the bushrangers' actions. Her Australian Bushrangers factual books provided accurate insights into the lives of Captain Thunderbolt, Moonlite, Starlight, Ben Hall and Frank Gardiner.
the entire story is fun.
This is a great read with historical accuracy and enough fun to help kids thoroughly enjoy learning.
This is a great book for any primary age school kid, especially anyone who thinks school is dull. Thomas Bell is an ordinary boy with understandable feelings of frustration and disappointment when things go wrong, but the adventures with the bushranger make him realise that life wasn’t all wonderful for people in the past either ... Tommy discovers that history isn’t boring and enjoys most of his adventures, but he’s very glad to get home again.
would make a great read aloud class novel as it links well with the Year 5 History Curriculum. At the end of the book, readers will find historical information on the bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt, and there is also a question and answer section. It is an imaginary interview with the bushranger. Children could create their own version after listening to the story and doing their own research. This novel is great for readers who are venturing into the world of novels and who also enjoy a little adventure. The text is easy to read but still describes events in an exciting manner. It is highly recommended
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