Published: 2013 by Random House
Level: Early Years (R-2)
A non-fiction book on a well-known part of Australia's history for sophisticated readers in this level. The text is rhyming and short but concepts are more advanced. Beautifully illustrated by Matt Adams, the facial expressions of the characters convey the fear and fright of the life and times. Janeen Brian relates the story clearly and without sentimentalism. Includes, a comprehensive timeline at the back of the book. The cover illustration shows eerily, a 'backwards' looking forward Ned Kelly! It is hoped that further books in the proposed series are of the same standard, quality and interest.