Don't Pat the Wombat! by Elizabeth Honey

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From one of Australia's most popular authors, here's a fresh, fast, laugh-out-loud-funny story of boys being boys at school-camp.

"Adults won't find this very tasteful. Sorry, it can't be helped, it's what happened."

Mark Ryder gives us the good, the bad, and the messy in this antic account of his friends' misadventures during a week of school-camp in the Australian outback. Camp is everything the boys expect and more--there are caves to explore, mud fights, bad showers, great food, flashlights, hidden candy, wombats, and leeches. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Cromwell (a.k.a. Crom the Bomb, or simply The Bomb) arrives as a substitute chaperon! "Cromwell at camp is like Darth Vader at your birthday party. How could this happen?" But in the end,
it's what Jonah, Nicko, Wormz, Azza, Mitch, and Mark do to The Bomb that sets off an explosion. . . .
 

About Elizabeth Honey

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Elizabeth Honey is one of Australia's most popular authors. She began her career as an illustrator but has now published award-winning fiction, picture books, and poetry.
 
Published June 13, 2000 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While kids will recognize the more familiar camp events, the Australian setting and the unique activities offered to these campers are an exotic bonus.

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This quirky, slangy Australian novel opens as narrator Mark Ryder and his middle-school classmates are off to school camp, where they are to try on the lifestyle of pioneers. Not long after the ki

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This quirky, slangy Australian novel opens as narrator Mark Ryder and his middle-school classmates are off to ""school camp,"" where they are to try on the lifestyle of pioneers.

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Considering "the Coconuts'" wild reputation, no one is really sure why the new kid in school, Jonah, attaches himself to the group.

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