Amy and the Wilpena Flood written by Claudia Bouma
Published by Wombat Books
Amy and the Wilpena Flood by Claudia Bouma is the second in the Australian Girl Series.
Amy is bursting! She has been waiting for this day for so long and finally it has arrived. Emily, Matilda, Annabelle and Jasmine are on their way to Adelaide to spend their holidays together.
The girls settle in to the cubby house for lunch and a catch up. But it’s not too long before they decide to explore the vacant block next door. This is where their adventure begins!
A bottle containing an old map captures the girl’s attention and they quickly decide it’s time for an adventure. They each take a corner of the map in their hand and watch as the rainbow necklace lights up. It transports them back in time to the 1900’s and the outback town of, Wilpena Pound.
There, the friends meet a new friend, Jessie Hill, a local girl who along with her family are about to encounter a life threatening flood. Amy and her friends must race against time to save the Hill’s and re-write history.
Reluctant to accept this time travelling girl’s story, Jessie’s father quickly dismisses them. But it’s clear the rain is not easing and Mrs Hill makes the decision to take Jessie and young Ben and follow Amy and her friends. Mr Hill, Luke and Paul stay behind to take care of the house and animals.
As the storm intensifies they set off in search of safety but with the creek beds quickly turning into raging rivers it’s clear it’s not going to be easy.
Will they make it out alive? What happens to Jessie’s father, Luke and Paul? What becomes of their homestead?
The girl’s friendship is put to the test. Not only are they fighting to save The Hills they also find themselves fighting to stay alive. Amy and the Wilpena Flood is a wonderful story of courage, determination and the bond of friendship.
Amy and friends are brought to life through the lifelike illustrations of the talented Ginger Meggs cartoonist, Jason Chatfield.
This book is the second in the Australian Girl series after The Rainbow Necklace. Be sure to look out for the third, Annabelle and the Missing Turtles.
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Author: Claudia Bouma
Title: Amy and the Wilpena Flood
Publisher: Wombat Books
Price: $12.95 plus postage