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Captain Starlight

By Jane Smith

Perth, 1899: a respected public servant mistakes a bottle of cyanide for his heart medicine, swallows it and dies. Months later on the other side of the country, a prisoner of Pentridge gaol with the same name as the deceased reads of the inquest with alarm. He writes to the coroner with his suspicions: the […]

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Australian Bushrangers Series – Captain Thunderbolt

By Jane Smith

Shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) in the Small Publisher’s Children’s Book of the Year category Teachers Resources Available Here Frederick Wordsworth Ward, better known as ‘Captain Thunderbolt’, was a bushranger who plagued New South Wales for almost seven years during one of the longest bushranging ‘careers’ in history. Thunderbolt was intelligent, charming […]

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Australian Bushrangers Series – Captain Moonlite

By Jane Smith

Teachers Resources Available Here In 1869 Mt Egerton was outraged by the armed hold-up of the local bank by a masked villain calling himself ‘Captain Moonlite’.The shock deepened when the perpetrator turned out to be the new lay preacher, Andrew George Scott. On his release from prison Moonlite led a ragged bunch of young desperadoes […]

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Australian Bushrangers Series – Ben Hall

By Jane Smith

Teachers Resources Available Here Ben Hall, sometimes referred to as the “gentleman bushranger”, was the son of poor ex-convicts. His early adult life held promise though; he was hard-working and well respected. He had a family and a partnership in his own cattle station. Then a series of misfortunes befell Hall and his path crossed […]

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Australian Bushrangers Series – Frank Gardiner

By Jane Smith

Teachers Resources Available Here There were few bushrangers whose influence extended as far as that of Frank Gardiner. Handsome, clever, charismatic and dangerous, he inspired many young men to abandon the drudgery of their honest work and turn to highway robbery. So strong was his influence that it set in motion a craze known as […]

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Australian Bushrangers Series – Captain Starlight

By Jane Smith

Included on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge list. Teachers Resources Available Here The Australian Bushrangers series by librarian and historical researcher, Jane Smith, details the colourful lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers of the gold rush era: Captain Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner, The fifth book in the series features the two men […]

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Carly Mills Pioneer Girl – Time-Travelling Adventures #2

By Jane Smith

In this empowering new series fiesty tween and time-traveller Carly Mills discovers how the female pioneers paved the way to help change the world. Through gutsy determination, integrity and courage, trailblazing women such as Caroline Chisholm, Dr Lilian Cooper, Dame Nellie Melba, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and Miles Franklin achieved remarkable things. In each adventure, Carly and her friends learn about the past and discover how to apply their examples of dignity, kindness and courage to modern life.

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Carly Mills Pioneer Girl – Time-Travelling Adventures #1

By Jane Smith

In this empowering new series fiesty tween and time-traveller Carly Mills discovers how the female pioneers paved the way to help change the world. Through gutsy determination, integrity and courage, trailblazing women such as Caroline Chisholm, Dr Lilian Cooper, Dame Nellie Melba, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and Miles Franklin achieved remarkable things. In each adventure, Carly and her friends learn about the past and discover how to apply their examples of dignity, kindness and courage to modern life.

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Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy 8

By Jane Smith

Shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards When Tommy Bell’s father’s car breaks down on a road trip, Tommy and Martin are stranded overnight in a motel room in a strange country town. Things get even weirder when Tommy finds himself roaming the deserted streets on a moonlit night, way back in 1869. But wait – is that an armed robbery in progress? And who is that masked man?

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Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy 7

By Jane Smith

Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy is a series featuring Tommy’s time travelling escapades that take him face-to-face with some of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers.  The Runaway takes Tommy on a trip to an Outback farm.

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Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy 6

By Jane Smith, Pat Kan

Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy is a series featuring Tommy’s time travelling escapades that take him face-to-face with some of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers. In Book 5, Tommy Bell has his hands full with Ben Hall’s devious bunch of bushrangers. Join Tommy as he gets into even more trouble in his latest adventure. Book 6 – Mrs Thunderbolt  Captain Thunderbolt’s girlfriend, Mary Ann Bugg is clever, kind and strong. So why does she stick around with Captain Thunderbolt, when trouble follows him wherever he goes? Can Tommy help rescue her from prison?

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Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy 5

By Jane Smith, Pat Kan

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 …

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