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Shoot out at the Rock

By Jane Smith
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)
01/Aug/2016
Bushrangers, Adventure series
100
Paperback
128mm x 198mm
9781925275940
$12.50

“CBCA Book of the Year Awards – 2017 Notables”

An exciting new Australian adventure series full of danger, daring and wild colonial boys!

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 1 – Shoot-out at the Rock – released August 2016

Tommy Bell has been sent to work on his grandparents’ farm for the school holidays. He doesn’t want to go, but when he discovers an old bushranger’s hat hidden in a cave, everything changes. Suddenly he is sent back to the gold rush days and finds himself face-to-face with the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt! At first, the life of a bushranger seems full of thrills and adventure. But Tommy soon learns that it is full of danger as well…

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Author, school librarian and archivist Jane Smith has a passion for Australian history and bushrangers in particular. With twelve books on the subject published since 2014, and with titles receiving award nominations in the ABIA and CBCA awards and glowing reviews nationally it appears that Jane’s fascination with Australian history is shared by children, parents […]

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6 reviews for Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy 1

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shoot-out at the Rock is a great book, especially for young boys who don’t like reading. Time travel is always gripping and when it is combined with fast horses, narrow escapes, moral dilemmas and dangerous adventures how could they resist? They may even fail to notice that they are learning about Australian history at the time … I’m not six, but I had to read it in one sitting. It’s a good book! Reviewed by Katy Gerner, Reading Time

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shoot-out at the Rock is a great book, especially for young boys who don’t like reading. Time travel is always gripping and when it is combined with fast horses, narrow escapes, moral dilemmas and dangerous adventures how could they resist? They may even fail to notice that they are learning about Australian history at the time. … I’m not six, but I had to read it in one sitting. It’s a good book! Reviewed by Katy Gerner http://readingtime.com.au/shoot-rock-tommy-bell-bushranger-boy-1/

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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 … Full of precise historical details, this novel is easy to read and makes it easy to remember some of the details about the real bushranger known as Captain Thunderbolt. There is even a Q and A section at the end of the book and a historical note with details about Captain Thunderbolt’s career. One of the best ways to introduce young readers into the fascinating world of our past in Australia. There are also several other books written by the same author depicting the lives of other famous Australian bushrangers. Written in six easy to digest chapters, the book includes some very cute black line drawings which help to set the scene. The descriptions of the area are interesting and the entire story is fun. Sometimes, though some readers may wish for even more details, but that will encourage them to read more at school or ask questions.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Australian history has never been more interesting. Author, Jane Smith, has captured the life of bushranger

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    the Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy collection – a remarkable Australian series where fictional characters watch Australian history unfold before their eyes. I highly recommend it for educational institutions and independent readers.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    These junior novels are an excellent resource; they support the Year 5 History Curriculum and provide understanding of the historical era, making them an easy to use research tool – comparing and contrasting daily life, transport and the motives behind the bushrangers’ actions

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