Book Preview

Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy 5 Book Pack

Authors: Jane Smith Illustrator: Pat Kan
Bushranger, Adventure series
128mm x 198mm

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.


“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

Australian history has never been more interesting. Author, Jane Smith, has captured the life of bushranger. – Julianne Wallace author, illustrator Blog

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 …




Jane Smith

Jane Smith

  Author and librarian Jane Smith has a passion for Australian history and bushrangers in particular. With thirteen 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 and […]

Read More
Pat Kan

Pat Kan

Pat Kan is a talented and versatile artist, illustrator and graphic designer who is a real whizz in kitchen. When he’s not playing soccer/tennis dad for his boys, he’s known to whip up a mean Tiramisu. He loves travelling and has some great travel stories … just ask him. He has illustrated several children’s books […]

Read More


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy 5 Book Pack”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • No products in cart.