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$12.99

Secret of the Black Bushranger

Author French,Jackie

Item Code 8479503

Product Type Book

Format Paperback

ISBN 9780732299453

Publisher HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS AUST

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By the 1790s, orphaned Barney Bean finally has his own farm in the early NSW colony. All his dreams are coming true! But now we are to learn of Barney's biggest secret yet: how he helped Australia's first bushranger escape. The third in a series from Jackie French that explores our secret history (following on from Birrung the Secret Friend and Barney and the Secret of the Whales).

160-pp softcover.

Genre: Historical Fiction Subject: History Learning Area: English Reading Level: Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle Primary School Year: Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 Lexile Level:: 910L Ages: 7 to 12 Page Count: 160
Jackie French

Where are you from?

I’m a writer, dinosaur wrestler and wombat tamer from the Araluen Valley NSW.

Where did you go to school?
I went to three schools, only one of which burnt down. (This was not my fault).

What is your favourite book/food/colour?  
My favourite book is 'lots'.
My favourite food is 'lots' too, specially iced watermelon and mangoes.
My favourite colour is purple, except if it's cheese or grass or wombats.

How do you think up ideas?
I buy my ideas 5 kg at a time from a small shop at the end of the mall that pretends to sell mobile phones. They have a sale every third Tuesday. Tell them Jackie sent you and they'll give you 10% discount.

Do you have a special place where you write?
I write everywhere and anytime, except it doesn't get written down when I am in the bath and no-one can read the notes made on scraps of paper. The legible bits are written at my desk, but need someone to correct the spelling and typos.

What is the best thing about being a writer?
The great thing about being a writer is that you can talk to any famous person in the past and ride an elephant at the same time. Creating ideas needs practise, just like being a football player: the more you train, the better you are. The next great thing about being a writer is that you get paid to daydream.

Website/blog details
Website (includes wombats) www.jackiefrench.com
Jackie French is also the 2014–15 Australian Children's Laureate

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