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They Found a Cave

They Found a Cave: Text Classics

Text Classics

Nan Chauncy

Introduction by John Marsden

Four English orphans—Cherry, Nigel, Brick and Nippy—migrate to Tasmania, to the care of their Aunt Jandie on her farm outside Hobart. Their arrival is greeted with enthusiasm by young farm boy Tas, and weeks of exploration and good times follow before Aunt Jandie goes to hospital, leaving the children in the care of Ma and Pa Pinner, her foreman and housekeeper. 

A few days of tyrannical treatment by the Pinners forces the children to seek refuge in a secret cave, where they set up home to await the return of Jandie. Despite Pa’s repeated efforts to recapture them, the children stay, fending for themselves in the bush, until Nigel’s secret trip to town uncovers a plot by the Pinners to abandon the farm and swindle Aunt Jandie.

About the Author

NAN CHAUNCY was born Nancen Beryl Masterman in England in 1900. She moved with her family to Tasmania when she was twelve, to Bagdad, north of Hobart.

Nan grew up surrounded by the bush that would inspire her writing. Her love of the outdoors led to a lifelong association with the Australian Girl Guides. She returned to the UK in her early...

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John Marsden
About the Introducer

John Marsden’s books have sold more than four million copies around the world. He is the author of thirty novels including the highly acclaimed Tomorrow series and the Ellie Chronicles. Marsden was a teacher for many years before becoming a full-time writer, and his interest in education has never waned. In 1998 he bought the Tye Estate, 850...

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22 May 2013
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adventure, environment, friendship, Australian history
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Praise for Nan Chauncy
andThey Found a Cave

‘Another Australian treasure from the Text Classics series…The story is a cracking one.’

‘This is a good read. As an adult, rediscovering this book, I enjoyed it…for the pleasure of Chauncy’s descriptions, and the reminders that attitudes have changed.’

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