The first of the R.U.B.S. - Rather Unlikely Bush Stories.
Henry, the Brolga (a big Australian crane) wants Clarissa to go out with him, but she thinks he's much too plain, and prefers Kookaburra,... More > with his pretty blue wings and his lovely laugh, or Rosella with his flashy colours and his cheeky chatter. Henry brings Clarissa gifts, but she doesn't want them - and then ... the bushfire comes!< Less
Sent out one morning by his mother to hunt for food, Dav is the only literate member of his small clan, excellent with a game bow, but sadly lacking with axe, sword and pike. He returns laden from... More > his hunt to find his village burning and his family and kin being slaughtered by a group of mounted soldiers led by a witch. Determined to avenge his family, Dav meets a strange creature in the forest and is changed into the fearful, near-invisible thrate, a deadly assassin. What is it the witch seeks and how will Dav and Cil defeat her?< Less