By: Samantha Wheeler
Genre: YXZG - Social issues: environment & green issues
Published by: University of Queensland Press
Published: 3 Aug 2021
ISBN: 9780702263293


From the beloved author of Wombat Warriors, Mister Cassowary and Turtle Trackers comes another thrilling adventure about Australia's endangered animals.

Eleven-year-old Killarney thinks school is boring. She'd much rather be exploring the wilderness around her Tasmanian hometown or helping her hairdresser mum. When strange things start to happen - ear-splitting screams in the dead of night and missing items found under the house - there's even less chance of Killarney doing her schoolwork. She's too busy solving the mystery.

Before long, Killarney discovers the culprit- a wild Tasmanian devil, denning under the house! Killarney is excited, but many of the locals are terrified. When rumours about dangerous devils begin spreading, Killarney is determined to protect her precious visitor. But can she convince an entire town these wild creatures are worth saving?

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Killarney lives in a small town called Dodge in Tasmania. She thinks school is boring, and she is always getting into trouble for not doing her homework.

She starts to hear loud strange noises and is very surprised when it turns out to be a wild Tasmanian devil - under her house!

She desperately wants to make sure it stays safe, but when all her friends and neighbours are terrified of it, Killarney is not sure she will be able to manage that.

This is another wonderful novel form Samantha Wheeler that readers will love. Full of facts about Tasmanian Devils and with a great cast of characters, this will be the perfect story for young animal lovers, and will hopefully encourage them to make a difference in their own world.

It will suit all those in Year 4 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle

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