Rosie never liked Elias Churchill, and she liked him even less when he trapped the last tiger-wolf ever to be seen. Churchill didn t kill the tiger-wolf for its bounty he bundled it into a cage, scratched and bloody, and sent it by train to some unknown place. It was moaning and sad. It liked its freedom, Rosie could tell, just as much as her father had, before he died in the bush after being trapped under a log for three days. Then Rosie and her mother had to move to Hobart to work, but it was the Depression and it was hard, especially if you re from the country.
Thylacine was the proper name for a tiger-wolf, according to Alison Reid, the lady at Hobart Zoo whose father had died too. She said that this one may be the last in existence. It was Rosie s thylacine! The very one she saw that day on the train. But on September 7, 1936, it died. Was Rosie that last person to see the thylacine alive and free in the wild? Could she have done anything to save it being captured, saving all thylacines from extinction?
The first book in the Extinct Series, I SAW NOTHING - EXTINCTION OF THE THYLACINE introduces a wonderful sense of intrigue and dilemma that the following two stories will explore with classic Crew style and authenticity. The subdued illustrations capture the rough, bushy characters.
Gary Crew (Author)
Gary Crew writes short stories, novels and picture books. Gary is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He is particularly interested in researching the creative links between fiction and nonfiction in his novels and the creative interface between print text and visual text in his picture books. During his publishing career of over 30 years Gary has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year four times, twice for novels and twice for his picture books; the New South Wales Premier's Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the American Children's Book of Distinction, the Aurealis Best Children's Short Fiction, the Wilderness Society's Award for Environmental Writing, and the Royal Geographic Society Whitley Award. Gary lives on the waterfront of subtropical Bribie Island. When he is not writing or lecturing, he loves to walk by the sea or read.
Julian Laffan (Illustrator)
Julian Laffan is an artist, educator and curator. Julian graduated from the School of Art at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is currently a picture book judge for the Children's Book Council of Australia. He specialises in contemporary woodcuts and drawings, using these mediums to create sculptural objects and works on paper that explore themes of history and identity. Julian has produced a series of exhibitions that developed mentorship partnerships between emerging and established artists from across Australia. He is a member of The Culture Kitchen, a Canberra-based cross-cultural collaborative print group. He has worked on inter-cultural print based projects in East Timor, Indonesia and on the Thai-Burma border. His works are in the collection of the Australian Print Council, Canberra Museum and Gallery, and significant private collections.
Julian is a primary school teacher, living with Natasha and their son in Braidwood, New South Wales. He draws and sketches and takes background photographs that form a basis for the woodcuts that accompany this monograph. Julian is passionate about children becoming literate through great books, integrating with the importance of the arts.
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