illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Allen & Unwin
When Pender rescues a small joey from her dying motherís pouch, everything changes. He begins to care for the little joey, and names it Brindabella, however, when Brindabella is older she runs away and tries to make a successful life in the bush. Will she survive? How many important things could her mother have told her, but she will now never know? Brindabella tries to live a normal life as an average kangaroo, but how can she live in the wild, untamed bush without a family or any knowledge about where she came from? While Brindabella is out in the bush trying to last, how will Pender feel, having lost a true friend in a heartbeat?
This is an excellent story, which will likely be enjoyed most by 8 - 12 year olds. You will be quickly captivated by Ursula Dubosarskyís quality writing. If you are looking for a gripping storyline and an easy-to-read yet intriguing text, then this is the perfect book for you. Brindabella displays well-thought out wording, appealing design and illustrations, emotional language and realistic characters.
James, age 11
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