This novel is an Australian classic, set in a small country town in the bush. This is the sort of adventure I always wanted when I was a child. This book is set in a different era, when males and females had set roles. Hopefully today's young readers would notice that the time is different now and females can and do take on leadership roles, not just the caring and nursing of the wounded. That said this is an excellent little adventure, a quick, short respite form the stresses of modern day.
Synopsis: 'On a fateful day in Hills End, a timber-milling town in the mountains of Victoria, seven children and their teacher set off to explore caves in the nearby mountains said to contain ancient Aboriginal rock art. While they are deep inside the mountain caves a storm of tremendous violence all but sweeps the town away and threatens to leave them stranded on the mountain.Tackling flooded creeks and washed out paths and fallen trees, the children make their way back to Hills End injured and exhausted, only to face a new battle to survive in the denuded town.'
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