AuthorMichael Gerard Bauer
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Publication date1st June 2012
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Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs
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This is a great read with a comic genius at work. It's the hilarious follow-up to the critically acclaimed Don't Call Me Ishmael! It deals with growing-up issues in an amusing way: school-life, friendship and bullying, written by an award winning Australian author. Readers will be instantly engaged with this moving, comic tale and the dialogue which is full of wit will draw you into the characters.
SynopsisIshmael and the Return of the Dugongs by Michael Gerard Bauer
Ishmael is back at St Daniel's for another year of misadventure, with his best mate Razz determined to set him up with dream-girl, Kelly. But before Ishmael can win her heart, he has to overcome a mortifying pool incident, a nasty knock-out and getting caught red-handed with Kelly's diary. Ishmael's only hope lies with his Dad's rock band, but can the Dugongs set everything right?
‘Comic genius and a great read...’ Sue Baker, The Bookseller
‘The dialogue is sharp and witty… utterly engaging.’ Marilyn Brocklehurst, Norfolk Children's Book Centre
‘Reminiscent of Louis Sachar's school stories, this is a moving comic tale of taking on the bullies.’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
About The Author
When quizzed about his own memories of school, author Michael Gerard Bauer recollects three things clearly:
1. His ambition was to become a Samurai warrior.
2. Standing in front of his fellow students was as daunting a prospect for him as it is for his central character, Ishmael.
3. He never thought about writing.
Fortunately for his readers, soon after graduating from the University of Queensland, Michael quickly traded in his dreams of martial arts expertise, became a teacher and began to write.
Michael has since discovered that he is, after all, rather good at writing and has received a raft of awards for Don’t Call Me Ishmael, including the 2008 South Australian Festival Award for Literature, the 2007 Children's Peace Prize. In 2007 he was also shortlisted for the CBCA Award for Older Readers and the White Ravens festival at the Bologna Book Fair.
Michael now lives in the beautiful Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove with his family. Don’t Call Me Ishmael was his first book to be published in the UK.
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