Silver City stars in new kid's novel
Friday, 14th May, 2010
Broken Hill is among a number of country towns that will appear in a new series of novels for primary school children.
The students are learning more about country Australia thanks to a new fiction series by author Phil Kettle and the
Australian Geographic magazine.
The series “Our Australia”, launched in February, is being introduced into schools and sold in book stores nationally. Broken Hill is featured and other towns in the series include Mildura, Longreach and Alice Springs.
“It’s compelling, it’s fun, and it’s relevant to our current curriculum,” said the author.
“These books teach all children about the rich and precious diversity of our country.”
Mr Kettle has travelled around Australia and said he found that children lacked knowledge about the bush. He said he hoped the part-fiction, partfact stories might entice them to learn more about their own country. Each of the eight books in the series explores the nation through the eyes of Taha, a young boy who is being taken on a voyage of discovery by his mother.
The series will be followed by another two in 2011 and 2012.
The General Manager of Australian Geographic Education, Jo Runciman, said the company had received a good response to the stories.