Clancy of the Outback series
By Phil Kettle & Bob Andersen
Illustrated by Shane McGowan
Welcome to the Clancy of the Outback series.
Eleven-year-old Clancy has been thrust into life out woop-woop. These are the stories of his outback adventures at his uncle’s sheep station, Overflow Station.
In this book, the school bus runs over a mother kangaroo outside the gate to Overflow Station and Clancy and Little Bill find a joey in the pouch. Eventually the whole family become involved in looking after the joey. The story becomes more complicated when Big Bill announces a kangaroo cull. Clancy and Little Bill decide to mount a campaign to save the local wildlife which coincides with Little Bill declaring herself vegan. Nevertheless, the campaign goes on and is a huge success.
At the conclusion of this book the Outback facts provides information about native wildlife. There is the DH Lawrence poem Kangaroo and the all-important, Outback Jokes section.
Phil Kettle is an author and writer. He lives in Regional Victoria and spends his time writing books for children and visiting schools to talk about reading and writing. Co-author, Bob Anderson, spends his days in Melbourne, writing, publishing and developing online literacy programs for school students.
Shane McGowan is an award-winning illustrator and writer of picture books, and editorial and advertising illustration.
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