The Adamson siblings are on their third thrilling adventure. There’s not a beach in sight this time, not even a drop of water. Zac, Clare and Luke find themselves in the drought-stricken present of outback Queensland where the only hope to save their Uncle’s farm is buried in the past.
Devastated by the effects of drought on the family farm, rock collector and all-round science buff, Zac has a plan. Along with his squabbling siblings, animal loving, Clare and trouble-making, Luke, the trio set off in search of dinosaur fossils. Not heeding weather warnings, they must seek shelter fast when two cyclones merge to descend upon the landscape. After the storm, the environment is strangely different.
A lush rainforest canopy now shelters them. A massive lake now fills the open plains. The homestead is nowhere in sight. Zac can’t reach Uncle Tom on his walkie-talkie and what’s worse, there’s a pile of ginormous poo that no cow could possibly have left behind.
Will they find the proof they need to save the family farm, or have they discovered much more than they ever thought possible?
Fossil Frenzy was my second adventure with Sandra Bennett’s Adamson siblings – I read the first book in the series, Secrets Hidden Below when it first came out -and their company was just as fun as I remembered.
I love the Aussie feel that these books have – the setting feels wonderfully familiar and local, without feeling cliched. I also think that the sibling relationships are spot on – there is a great mix of competition and getting on each other’s nerves as well as being fiercely loyal and protective of each other.
The adventures the kids went on in this book was a lot of fun. I like that it starts in a realistic way – I think a group of siblings heading of to camp on the family property is something that a lot of young readers could relate to. Once the action started it was like The Famous Five meets Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures, which I loved.
I think this would be a great read for adventure lovers aged 7 and up, and I’m looking forward to the next Adamson adventure!
Fossil Frenzy by Sandra Bennett – out now
Thanks so much to Books on Tour and Sandra for my copy!
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