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Adventures Down Under #7: Koala Beach Outbreak
Adventures Down Under Series Book #7 of 8
Author: Robert Elmer

Book Info

Published on May 1, 1999
Age Group: 8 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 4.3 (6.0 Points, Quiz #42228)

When thirteen-year-old Patrick and his family befriend a young Chinese immigrant who arrives in Australia in 1855, they face the prejudices of local miners.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
"Wait for us, Firestorm!"

Thirteen-year-old Patrick McWaid ran as fast as he could through the low, sandy dunes toward the salty sting of ocean air, but each step only filled his worn-out boots with more and more sand. Whose idea had it been to get out and stretch their legs?

Publisher Book Description:
While exploring the coastal sand dunes near Goolwa, Patrick McWaid and his siblings encounter a ship breaking up on the rocks. They soon learn it's a boatload of Chinese immigrants headed for the goldfields. In a dangerous rescue, Patrick meets a boy named Jasper who seems to be hiding something. Nevertheless, Patrick vows to help the boy in any way he can.
But the nasty Mr. Li, leader of the immigrant expedition, has a much different plan for Jasper. And negative attitudes in the community make it difficult for the McWaids to assist the Chinese miners. The villagers' unfounded fears of "yellow fever" create panic and threaten the safety of both the immigrants and the McWaids' paddle steamer, the Lady Elisabeth. Stricken by illness himself, can Patrick beat the clock to stop the unthinkable from happening?

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ISBN-10: 0764221051
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