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Get Me Out of Here!

Foolish and Fearless Convict Escapes

Pauline Deeves Brent Wilson



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Allen & Unwin
01 June 2022
Meet the convicts behind Australia's most rascally, dastardly prison escapes. Gifted geniuses or total goofballs? You be the judge!

Featuring Moondyne Joe, Mary Bryant, and a guy who put on a kangaroo skin and hopped away (literally), this fun and engaging collection brings Australia's early colonial past to life.
Illustrated by:   Brent Wilson
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 270mm,  Width: 230mm, 
Weight:   571g
ISBN:   9781760526993
ISBN 10:   1760526991
Pages:   64
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 6 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Pauline Deeves has been a teacher for more than 30 years with experience from kindergarten to college, including 15 years as a teacher librarian. She has contributed to many educational and children's publications and reviewed manuscripts for educational publishers. Pauline has published more than 200 magazine articles in Australia and overseas and written several books. She is a regular visitor to schools, presenting writing workshops for both students and teachers. Brent Wilson is an illustrator whose art is characterised by a playful mid-century aesthetic. With its bold colours, loose lines and jaunty characters, his work inspires nostalgia for the children's books and advertising campaigns of the 1950s and 60s. His illustrations regularly appear in major national publications and, recently, Brent illustrated the children's book Koalas Like To... by Shae Millward, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Book Design Awards.

Reviews for Get Me Out of Here!: Foolish and Fearless Convict Escapes

'Highly recommended...wonderfully illustrated...easily accessible...An excellent resource for school or public library.' Kathryn Beilby, ReadPlus 'While Australia's colonial past does come with its own complications, I was very happy to see that where the stories of the escaping convicts converged with Aboriginal people, the author/publishing house has had their information reviewed by relevant Aboriginal advisory bodies. This was noted in the Acknowledgement at the beginning of the book and again in specific chapters...The layout of the book is fantastic, the stories contain enough information about the escapes and the illustrations add a touch of whimsy and humour to the book. It was, overall, a fascinating read.' Noveltea Corner 'This is an intriguing book that will add insight and understanding into our past in a way that is not the usual dry recounts full of facts and figures.' Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf

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