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Adventures Down Under #4: Dingo Creek Challenge
Adventures Down Under Series Book #4 of 8
Author: Robert Elmer

Book Info

Published on May 1, 1998
Age Group: 8 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 4.8 (7.0 Points, Quiz #42221)

In late nineteenth-century Australia, as tension mounts between the white settlers and a band of aborigines at Dingo Creek, thirteen-year-old Patrick takes sides when he helps teach the aborigines how to play cricket.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
"Why am I doing this?" thirteen-year-old Patrick McWaid asked himself as he threaded his way through a stand of eucalyptus trees toward the strange sounds up ahead. He stopped to look back at a low, red sun sinking behind clouds over the distant Murray River. Soon it would be dark. He was already too far away to see his grandfather's cabin on the other side of the river. But he still had time before dinner, if he hurried...

Publisher Book Description:
Set in the exciting Australia of the 1860's; a time of riverboats, adventures, and outlaws bestselling author Robert Elmer delivers riveting stories and edge-of-your-seat suspense for boys and girls ages 8-13.
Will the Truth Come Out Before Someone Gets Hurt?

Led my mysterious sounds, Patrick McWaid stumbles upon a group of aborigines in the midst of a nighttime corroborree at Dingo Creek. The elaborate story-dance fascinates Patrick, who stays to watch until an angry band of settlers burst in to arrest two aborigines for stealing horses.

Seeing the unfair way the native Australians are treated, Patrick and his sister, Becky, befriend them and set out to uncover the truth about the horse thefts. But things get out of hand when Patrick is challenged to a "friendly" cricket match between the expert Echuca team and the aborigines. Without thinking, Patrick accepts, even though he and the aborigines don't know the game! Can Patrick and Becky unmask the real thieves before the cricket match turns into an all-out battle?

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ISBN-10: 155661926X
ISBN-13: 9781556619267
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