About The Series:
“The Runaway #7 shortlisted in 2019 Speech Pathology Awards”
“Shoot-out at the Rock #1 – “CBCA Book of the Year – Notable 2017”
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.
PRAISE FOR THE SERIES
“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
Tommy Bell – Shoot out at the Rock – REPRINT
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!
Tommy Bell – The Horse Thief
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 Bell – The Gold Escort Gang
When Tommy Bell finds himself caught in a struggle between two friends, he decides to take a break from it all and escape … back to 1862! Tommy’s magic cabbage-tree hat sends him back once again to the gold rush days, when he stumbles into more trouble than he left behind.
Tommy Bell – Outback Adventure
Tommy Bell’s safe outback holiday on a farm with Martin and Combo is turned upside down when Martin finds a pair of magic old bushranger’s boots. This time, when Tommy’s cabbage-tree hat sends him back to the past, his friend Martin is right there beside him.
Tommy Bell – Gang of Thieves
School camp can be fun, but not when it’s run by a nasty bully who picks on Tommy Bell and his friends. But when Tommy’s magic cabbage-tree hat takes him back in time to meet up with Ben Hall and his gang, Tommy discovers that even in the gold rush days there were bullies … and they were on both sides of the law! They also really knew how to make trouble …