Aussie Bites : Crocodile Jack
Aussie Bites Readers
'Jack! We're going fishing. You want to come?'
Jack can't believe his ears. His big brother Tom is asking him to go fishing! Tom goes everywhere with his mate Xavier. They never let Jack go with them, ever. once, when Jack followed them, they even hid behind a tree. When he came close they jumped out and yelled, 'Rack off, you midget!'
Now Tom's asking him straight out, 'Well, you wanna come or what?'
Jack says, 'Yes, please!'
'Okay, you climb through the shed window and get a lure out of Dad's tackle box. You're small enough to get through.'
'But that's stealing.'
'No, it's not! We'll put it back as soon as we're finished. Get the orange-and-yellow Vibra Tail.'
'Why don't you just ask Dad?'
'i did!' Tom says. 'He said no. He reckons the water's too high and there's still too many crocs around.' Tom makes a face as if Dad's totally stupid. Then he says, 'Come on, Jack. You gonna do it? Or are you just a scaredy cat!'
'I'm not scared!' Jack says, swallowing the guilty feeling tickling his belly. He climbs in through the shed window, and before he can think, he is outside again, giving Tom the lure. And he's running with Tom and Xavier down past the cattle yards and along the track to the creek.
Suddenly Tom stops, so fast that Jack nearly slams into his back. There's nanna Clara, Xavier's grandmother, sitting on the bank with Xavier's cousin Mareeta. They're fishing. The boys can hear the rest of the kids playing on the sandbar with Xavier's grandad. Jack lifts his hand, ready to yell out, to say hello. Tom grabs him and puts his finger up to his mouth to say, Be quiet. Then they go back up the track and walk carefully through the bush – the long way round, so nanna Clara won't see them.
That's weird, Jack thinks. Nanna Clara knows all the best places for fishing. She knows where to find turtle, yabbies, perch or barramundi. If Tom and Xavier want to go fishing, they should have asked her.
But he doesn't say anything. He's just happy to be allowed to go with the older boys, so he keeps quiet and follows them.
Series: Aussie Bites
For Ages: 7+ years old
For Grades: 2 - 4
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 27th June 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 0.6
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1
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Jack's big brother tom has asked him to go fishing!
But Jack knows you should never go fishing when there are crocs about . . .
About the Author
Leonie Norrington was born in Darwin and spent much of her childhood on a remote community, growing up among Aboriginal people who lived in the traditional way. Her first novel for children, The Barrumbi Kids, was an Honour Book in the 2003 CBCA Awards for Younger Fiction. It was followed by Spirit of Barrumbi, Leaving Barrumbi (shortlisted by the CBCA in 2008), and The Last Muster. Leonie has written a picture book, You and Me: Our Place, which was also shortlisted by the CBCA in 2008. Her latest book is The Devil You Know.
About the Illustrator
Terry Denton is among Australia's busiest literary creative forces and his work, either as a writer, illustrator or both, can be found in popular children's titles such as Gasp!, Duck for Cover and Sucked In! He lives by the beach with his wife and three kids, two dogs, a few chooks and a huge burial mound of previous pets. His hobbies include: bushwalking, ball sports, water sports, painting, strangling cats and visiting sick people in hospital.