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The Tunnels of Tarcoola

Inspired by the tunnels that do actually exist beneath Balmain, The Tunnels of Tarcoola is a wholesome, page turning, spine-tingling adventure novel. With echoes of the brilliance of Enid Blyton's Famous Five, minus the lashings of ginger beer and cucumber sandwiches, Jennifer Walsh has brought this genre bang up to date for a modern audience.

Meet Andrea, David, Kitty and Martin who are launched in to an adventure which has many twists and turns when they innocently discover a network of tunnels. Leading from the beach, under the park and towards an abandoned mansion where the real mysteries lie this is an adventure story which will grab the attention of its reader! When the town launches a campaign to prevent the old mansion from being torn down and Kitty interviews the old mistress of the mansion for a school project - all signs point to the need for the four friends to do something ... and fast!

Within the space of this novel each of the four main characters are incredibly well developed, each having their own sub story. Consequently Jennifer Walsh has skilfully created interest and empathy - the diversity meaning that most readers will relate to at least one of the characters.

Jennifer Walsh effortlessly weaves in themes such as the treatment of Jews during the Second World War which is dealt with in a delicate and informative manner.

Personally I want to know more! I am intrigued by the vulnerability of Andrea in particular and want to know more about her story - I hope there is a another book to come!

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A network of tunnels leading under the park, a secret exit to an abandoned mansion, a hidden box of documents ... all very mysterious, but it's just a game, right?
WRONG.
When shadowy figures start watching every move they make, Kitty, David, Andrea and Martin know they've stumbled onto more than a forgotten piece of history. They need to find all the answers fast, before someone beats them to it.

Nitty Gritty

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Pages
228
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978-1742376752

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The Tunnels of Tarcoola 2012-03-14 06:36:40 Victoria
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Reviewed by Victoria    March 14, 2012

Tunnels of Tarcoola

This book given to us by a friend is a really good read. As the parent I read it and it's a total page turner. A bit Famous Five, a bit Michael Murpurgo it's a dark read. With a plot line akin to Titanic, with an old lady retelling her story to a young child, a mystery unfolds which only the intrepid children can solve. I read this till midnight and as a result was late for the school drop off, but then it was a really good book! Some more grown up themes but perfectly fine for a 9 year old.

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