A gripping tale of danger and survival in the harsh wilderness of Northern Australia, by award-winning author Geoffrey Malone.
Visiting his uncle's cattle station in the Australian outback, Tom is thrilled when old Sam offers to take him and his cousin, Greg, walkabout. But trekking through the wilderness, the trio are appalled to stumble across an illegal drug laboratory experimenting on animals. Suddenly their lives are in jeopardy. Greg is captured, and Sam must forge onwards in an attempt to get help. Tom finds himself alone under the unforgiving sun, his food supplies dwindling. Meanwhile the lab workers plot to flee the country, and to dispose of Greg along the way.
But the outback holds dangers that even scheming criminals cannot avoid. Kyrek the crocodile watches from the riverbed, assessing his prey. And when finally they take to the water, Kyrek moves in for the kill ...
ELEPHANT BEN: 'An exciting and immensely enjoyable adventure story ... A great read for any young wildlife enthusiast.' - The Northern Echo
compelling reading - The School Librarian
Review of 'Elephant Ben' from a child judge of the Stockton Award: '... definitely the most brilliant book I ever read. It's a definite 10/10!' Frederick Nattrass, aged 9.
The style is attractive and immediate, and might get boys (as well as girls) from 8 upwards, reading for pleasure - The School Librarian
KIMBA: 'Geoffrey Malone continues to be one of the great specialists of the animal novel.' - West of France review paper
Geoffrey Malone spent most of his childhood in Africa, where he managed to avoid any formal education until the age of eleven. After school in England, he joined the army for sixteen years, then worked and travelled in North America. He became a broadcaster and wrote his first book about his nearest neighbours, a family of beavers: 'Brunner'. He lives happily in London with his wife and their cocker spaniel, Harriett, and advises charities dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. He has won the Children's Book of the Year prize in the French 'Tam-Tam, j'aime lire' competition, and the 'Prix Enfant-Grandparent Europeen' for 'Torn Ear'. He was also recently shortlisted for the Stockton Award for 'Elephant Ben'.