On the back of the success of Penguin's 'Our Australian Girl' series, the 'Do you dare?' series promises to wrap you further into Australia's great history.
Pitched at boys aged between 8 and 12 years, this series fills a much needed hole in the market for historical fiction with an all Australian boy-hero flavour.
Written by prominent Australian authors, the 'Do you dare?' series takes us from 1836 through to 1931. These stories promise to be face paced and driven by adventure and I certainly think they have delivered.
The title read for review purposes was 1844 - The last horse race, written by James Moloney. Gripping narrative, memorable characters and steeped in historical references, this book brought history to life and is sure to engage girls and boys alike.
Based in Brisbane in the days of very early settlement, 'The last horse race' is an adventure packed novel with young Toby as the main protagonist. Join Toby and his mates as they take on villains and crooks, all in the name of freedom.
This was a great read - looking forward to reading the other titles in the series, namely: 1836 - 'Fighting bones'; 1841 - 'The bushranger's boys'; and 1931 - 'Tough times'.
Puffin (Penguin Group Australia)
Paperback novel 179 pages