Gang-O Kids by Hazel Edwards
Published by Omotivo
This engaging book for young readers consists of four short, one chapter stories about the adventures of a gang of primary school children in an orienteering club. The children - three girls and two boys - are likeable and well drawn. Characterisation is assisted by the ready reference of a one page vital statistics styled facts and illustrative sketch of each of the gang members in the front of the book.
In the first chapter, Edwards intersperses the rules and set up of orienteering into the story of a new gang member joining the group and a mystery he has to solve to be initiated into the club. The stories show a refreshing combination of the kids being both competitive and encouraging of each other, and of being adventurous and self-reliant yet also respectful of their parents and the club.
Each chapter is around ten pages (the earlier ones are longer, the others are shorter) of full text with one page of black and white illustration, with a few smaller sketches scattered throughout. Aimed at middle primary, this book will readily appeal to girls and boys equally and is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of orienteering.
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Author: Hazel Edwards
Illustrator: Kim Wooley
Title: Gang-O Kids
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia