UQP Storybridge Series

July 1999

$16.95 AU

136p pb

ISBN: 978-0702230950

The Spangled Drongo

Steven Herrick

from the book...

Twelve-year-old Sam has soccer fever. He lives with eccentric Auntie Amshara and Ronaldo his dog. His best friend is Goose, Captain of the local soccer team...that is, until soccer crazed Jessica Bowles moves next door. Sam soon discovers that there's more to life than just soccer...

In this gently comic verse novel for younger readers Steven Herrick continues to capture the magical moments of everyday life.

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Have you ever heard of a Spangled Drongo?  Well, neither had Sam until Jessica moved in!

Sam lives with his eccentric Aunt Amshara and Ronaldo his dog.  He spends most of his day encapsulated in the raptures of soccer with his mate, Goose.  Then Jessica Bowles moves in next door and Sam’s world takes on different priorities.

This is a book written in comic verse.  Don’t be afraid - it’s non-rhyming and very easy to read.  The story of how Sam and Jessica become friends and care deeply for each other evolves simply and without the usual peer rivalry that accompanies twelve year old mixed-sex relationships.

An easy read for anyone, especially those aged 10 and older.

Nancy, Canberra, Australia

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