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Adventures Down Under #5: Race to Wallaby Bay
Adventures Down Under Series Book #5 of 8
Author: Robert Elmer

Book Info

Published on September 1, 1998
Age Group: 8 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 4.9 (7.0 Points, Quiz #42235)

Thirteen-year-old Patrick McWaid and his entire family must rush to raise his grandfather's paddle steamer from the river bottom, repair her and deliver her to her new half owner or his grandfather will lose his remaining half ownership. Along the way they face adventures typical of Australia in the 1860s.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
Thirteen-year-old Patrick McWaid thought he was the first to hear the pounding noise. He shook his groggy head and sat up straight in his cot, listening in the darkness. And there it was again-a sharp rapping on the door of their cabbin. Three times,
knock-knock-knock, and then quiet. Across the cabin and behind the sheet that hung from the ceiling, his father still snored.

Publisher Book Description:
The McWaids Plunge Ahead To Save the LADY E!
A desperate letter from his grandfather prompts Patrick McWaid and his family to return to Boomerang Bend, where the Lady Elisabeth still rests on the bottom of the river. But they arrive to find the Old Man crushed by many setbacks. Not only has his entire crew left him, but the money meant for repairs has disappeared!

With no other choice, the Old Man has sold half the boat to a mysterious investor in Goolwa at the mouth of the Murray River. But there's one catch he must deliver the paddle steamer to her new half owner in thirty days or lose his remaining half! It's a long way to Goolwa, and first they must raise the Lade E from the river bottom. Can the McWaids make the necessary repairs in time?

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ISBN-10: 0764221035
ISBN-13: 9780764221033
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