By: Samantha Wheeler
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: University of Queensland Press
Published: 23 Sep 2015
ISBN: 9780702253881


Pf Book Of The Month

City boy Flynn is taken to Mission Beach by his dad to ready his Grandad Barney’s banana farm for sale. Flynn has never been north before, even when his grandad was alive, and the last thing he wants to do is to be stuck in the middle of woop-woop with his dad who thinks he is too young to be trusted with anything!

But when Flynn meets local girl Abby and two lost baby cassowaries things become interesting. What does Abby know about Grandad’s mysterious death? And why does Dad refuse to talk about it and seem so scared of the cassowaries? Did this dinosaur-like bird kill Grandad?

Time is running out and Flynn and Abby need a plan. Can Flynn solve the mystery before it is too late for the cassowaries?

A thrilling and heart-pounding adventure for animal lovers everywhere.


Samantha Wheeler’s first two books were both best-sellers, so I was keen to read her third book, Mister Cassowary. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The storyline follows the journey of Flynn and his ‘fly in fly out’ Dad, spending time together as they go to clean up his Grandad Barney’s farm in Mission Beach, after his death a year ago.

Flynn doesn’t even know how his Granddad died, and his Dad certainly doesn’t want to talk about it.

Grandad Barney was known to the locals as Mister Cassowary, as he spent his time and money providing a refuge for injured and orphaned cassowaries. Surely the rumour that a cassowary killed him can’t be true?

This is a great story of father/son relationships, set with a strong theme of protecting wildlife and endangered species. It has six pages of facts and helpful tips on what kids can do and useful websites to visit to learn more about these rare and wonderful birds.

Reviewed by Rob