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The Sugarcane Kids and the Red-bottomed Boat

The Sugarcane Kids and the Red-bottomed Boat

The Sugarcane Kids

Charlie Archbold

  • awardWinner, Children's Prize, The Readings Prize, 2022
  • awardWinner, Children's Novel, Davitt Awards, 2023
  • awardLonglisted, CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2023
  • Bernie mutters to me. ‘No way. Who’d go into the mangroves at night?’
    I swallow. Not me. Not into Sebastian land. No one would head into crocodile heartland in the middle of a dark night. No one, unless they had a very good reason.

    Andy and his best friend Eli live in a small coastal town in far north Queensland.
    When Eli’s cousin Jacob is arrested for a jewellery theft, Andy and Eli both know he is innocent.
    The police have evidence. But something is not right, and Andy and Eli need to work out what, and fast or Jacob will end up in jail.
    So, with the help of twins Bernice and Fletcher (AKA Bernie and Fletch) and Andy’s trusty sausage dog, Washington, they set out to hunt for clues to what really happened. The trail points to a mysterious red-bottomed boat rumoured to be hidden deep in the mangroves.
    Does it hold the evidence they need to prove Jacob’s innocence?
    Can they find it without getting lost forever?
    And how will they outwit Sebastian, the legendary gigantic saltwater crocodile?
    Charlie Archbold’s action-packed new middle-grade adventure is a fun story of sleuthing, courageous deeds, the triumph of good over evil – and the power of friendship.


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    About the Author

    Charlie Archbold is an educator and an award-winning writer. Her first novel, Mallee Boys, was a CBCA older readers honour book. Her first book in the Sugarcane Kids middle-grade series, The Sugarcane Kids and the Red-bottomed Boat, was shortlisted for the Text Prize and went on to win the Readings Children’s Prize and the Davitt Children’s...

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    ‘A delightful new book…for those middle-grade readers who look for adventure, danger and overcoming challenging obstacles.’

    ‘Archbold makes this such an edge-of-the-seat adventure…Far North Queensland can be a wild place with the sweeping rainforests and deadly animals…it was riveting to see this young group of kids brave the precarious landscape.’

    ‘With its non-stop action, very proactive heroes, and constantly unfolding mystery, this is an adventure which upper primary aged readers of both sexes would thoroughly enjoy.’

    ‘A deft exploration of blended families and evolving friendships built around a mystery reminiscent of the adventure stories of old.’

    ‘The setting is so well described and immersive that by the end of the book you want to stay with the characters and hear more about what becomes of them…A refreshing yet familiar, fun read, hopefully we’ll see more of The Sugarcane Kids in the years to come.’

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