Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy (series)
Big Sky Publishing, 2016-2018
100pp., pbk., RRP $A12.50
When Tommy Bell is sent to work on his grandfather’s farm for the school holidays, he is very reluctant to go because he would rather stay with his mates in his regional NSW town. But while he is exploring a cave, he discovers an old bushranger’s hat and he is whisked back to a previous time when these outlaws roamed the Australian bush.
Each book in the series brings Tommy and his friends face-to-face with one of our history’s well-known bushranger characters and as they are involved in an exciting adventure they learn not only about our past but also themselves as the historic story parallels their contemporary lives.
Written for independent young readers, this series offers a different theme for this audience with its time-travelling going backwards rather than forwards. The first, Shoot Out at the Rock, was a 2017 CBCA Notable, a testament to the content and the quality of the writing.