A Taste of Cockroach

A Taste of Cockroach

Allan Baillie

Children's Books / Young Adult

Yates was cautiously lifting a cooked and curried crescent to his mouth. He stopped and looked at Pettit. 'It's a cockroach,' he said. 'I'm going to eat it.''What in hell for?''To find out what it tastes like.'Here is a journey that begins with a shuddering disaster in the Himalayas, and ends with an ill-starred romance on Mars. In between are adventures down the rivers of Cambodia and Laos, battles with bulls in Australian country towns, encounters with French agents, freelance photography assignments, handbag-snatchers in Naples, thong-flingers in Rangoon, bread queues in Afghanistan, and more.This streetwise collection from master storyteller Allan Baillie spans centuries of cross-cultural relationships, civil wars and expeditions.
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The First Voyage

The First Voyage

Allan Baillie

Children's Books / Young Adult

30,000 years ago, before the pyramids are built, before the Ice Age comes and goes, and before Neanderthals become extinct, the Yam tribe live in peace on Bird Island. But the Crocodile tribe have other ideas... The ferocious Crocodile warriors have already killed Bent Beak's pa, and now they seem determined to take out his whole tribe. The only way to survive is to flee the island. But where will they go? As the Yam tribe brave the perils of the sea, will they survive the voyage into the unknown, and what awaits them just over the horizon? An enthralling story about the plight of the very first boat people, of their desperation, bravery and hope.
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Little Brother

Little Brother

Allan Baillie

Children's Books / Young Adult

The shots were so close they seemed to explode inside Vithy's head. He threw himself to the ground and clapped his hands over his ears . . .It's Cambodia. The killing machine that is the Khmer Rouge is in power. Vithy has lost everyone and everything he loved — except his older brother, Mang. They've escaped from almost certain execution, but the brothers become separated and Vithy is left alone to 'follow the lines . . . to the border' — his brother's last instructions.But which lines? Which border?A gripping tale of the journey of a boy alone and in danger as he tries to find his brother and escape to freedom.
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Outpost

Outpost

Allan Baillie

Children's Books / Young Adult

Something was in the rings that shouldn't have been there.Life on the remote moon Ord is dangerous. Random eruptions in the ice, extreme cold, loneliness and loss: it's all Dece knows.Until one day he sees a mysterious object caught in the rings of the nearby gas planet, Cotal.With no choice but to investigate, what he will find is so extraordinary that it is almost beyond understanding.
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Saving Abbie

Saving Abbie

Allan Baillie

Children's Books / Young Adult

Ian first met Abbie the orangutan when they were trapped together on a sinking freighter in the middle of a cyclone. Now Ian is taking Abbie back home, giving her freedom in the jungles of Borneo. But it's not as simple as he thought it would be. There is something much worse than a cyclone waiting for them this time ... The thrilling sequel to Wreck!
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Krakatoa Lighthouse

Krakatoa Lighthouse

Allan Baillie

Children's Books / Young Adult

Suddenly there was a trench across the beach, about ten meters away from the fishermen, where before there had been nothing but flat sand. The fishermen moved quickly away as the trench heaved grey ash across the sand. They sprinted when it hurled black rocks at them.Kerta didn't want to go to Krakatoa.He knows that a dark spirit, Orang Aljeh, is there and he is terrified he might wake it. But Kerta is there on the volcano, and the Ghost of Krakatoa has woken up.A powerful story of survival and loss based on the real-life events of the Krakatoa eruption in 1883.Winner of the 2010 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award Patricia Wrightson Prize'This book is a marvel of precision and economy, stuffed to the gunnels with ideas, and brimming over with a dark energy...a masterclass in how to write...Krakatoa Lighthouse is that rare find: an exciting, moving story that keeps opening the doors to larger questions. Baillie puts the reader...
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Treasure Hunters

Treasure Hunters

Allan Baillie

Children's Books / Young Adult

The long barrel of a skeletal gun coughed streams of fire into the night. In a few moments the deck of the fishing boat burst into flame.Pat has joined his father on an old boat off the coast of a troubled Indonesian island to search for treasure. But as they follow a trail of clues to the world's richest shipwreck the violence on the island coils around them.In this powerful, action-packed thriller, master storyteller Allan Baillie takes us on a quest where the dangers are real and the cost of a mistake could be life.
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The China Coin

The China Coin

Allan Baillie

Children's Books / Young Adult

'Dad was not here. The three of us were now two, but Dad's last adventure did not have to be over. Not as long as there was someone around to keep it going...' Leah travels across China with her mum, in search of long-lost relatives and the answer to an ancient mystery. Grieving for her father, she feels increasingly distanced from her mother. But soon the unfolding terror of Tiananmen Square will draw mother and daughter back together in the most drastic way possible.
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