This is the story of the greatest escape artist of Australia’s convict era – the legend of Moondyne Joe.
“They’ll not take my freedom away!” These are the words of Moondyne Joe, the beloved scoundrel and expert bushman of early Australian convict history. There wasn’t a cell built that could contain him, and Joe often led the troopers on wild chases through the Moondyne Hills of Western Australia. This is the story of a colourful Australian legend from the award-winning team of Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac.
About the Author
- From the author-illustrator team who produced Simpson and his Donkey, which won Honour Book Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, Children’s Book Council of Australia 2009
- First published in 2002, this superbly researched book tells a great Australian story
- Winner Western Australian Premier’s Children’s Book Award, 2002
Mark is a musician and award-winning children’s author. His books aim to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian myths and legends. Mark enjoys working with students of all ages, inspiring and developing their natural curiosity about books and writing. He has twice won the Western Australian Premier’s Award for children’s books and Simpson and His Donkey was Honour Book in 2009 at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. He is married to Frané Lessac and they live with their two children in Western Australia.
About the illustrator
Frané is originally from New Jersey and is an artist of international renown having exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and the Caribbean. Residing in Western Australia, Lessac now has over 30 children's books published throughout the world. Her work has won Australian and international awards and has been translated into numerous languages. In 2010 she was awarded the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children's literature.