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Splinterz

by Susan Berran

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Author and illustrator Berran had been to school in past years and left signed copies. Covers very bright and appealing so thought I would read for Junior school boys. Sam's family have relocated to the town of Agnath in the middle of the Australian outback. There are cows, trees, sand and piles of red dirt and old mines and no much else so Sam is bored out of his brain until another new kid called Jared moves in to town. Together Sam and Jared get up to all sorts of naughty and gross adventures.
It will appeal to Grade 5 and immature Year 8s. The text is interspersed with changes in font to provide emphasis and illustrations. Sam has an annoying baby sister called Yelly/Smelly/Jelly Melly and his mother has a Pomeranian dog that Sam refers to as Fluff Butt - both of which seem to just be poop machines.
This is the first book in the series and the shortest. In it, Sam finds a tunnel under his father's shed. Will this tell him what happened to his dad who disappeared?

There are quite a few editing errors in this book - i.e - incorrect or repeated words. It is also pretty light on for plot and Sam seems to repeat himself a lot. I would be interested to see what the kids think of it. ( )
  nicsreads | Jan 25, 2016 |
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If it's fun and adventure you're looking for, then this is the book for you! Sam's life seemed to be heading down the toilet since his little sister, Miss 'I'm sooo good' Smelly Melly Prissy Pants was born. But in the 'sticks' of Agnath he found a best friend, Jared, a tall skinny redhead with a gazillion freckles. And when underground tunnels are discovered right below them, it's Sam that encounters the deadly inhabitants. These adventures are like no other you have ever shared. You'll feel as if you're right there with Sam as he discovers the shocking secret of the tunnels! And his Mum is ju.… (more)

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