Thanks to everyone for sharing their favourite word with us and going into the draw to win a set of the bestselling Word Hunters series, signed by award-winning author Nick Earls and illustrator Terry Whidborne.
There were so many wonderful entries, but there can only be one winner. So congratulations to:
Nicole Beckwith – Ornithorhynchus
It was a running joke with my father and I. He’d walk in after work and say “ornithorhynchus, spell it” with the answer being I T, but one day I learnt how to spell the word properly – Dad had to get the dictionary to see that I’d spelt it correctly.
Nicole, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and we’ll get your books out to you ASAP!
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year for Older Children, 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards.
Lexi and Al Hunter are twins with almost nothing in common – except their parents and their birthday! At school Lexi hangs with her friends in the cool crowd, while Al hides in the library reading about history, battles and faraway places. When the twins stumble upon an old dictionary, their world as they know it changes. They are blasted into history to hunt down the words that threaten to vanish from our past and our present. Their lives and the future of the world are at stake. Can they find a way back home? Or will they be trapped in the past forever? Now more than ever, they need to depend on each other if they want to survive.
Lexi and Al thought they had seen it all – time travel, epic battles, ancient cities on the point of collapse and . . . vomiting rats. But nothing has prepared them for the realisation that their missing grandfather is a word hunter too and has been lost in the past. Only Lexi and Al can save him. But how do you find someone in 3,000 years of history? With more battles, more action and more words, these hunters are discovering history like never before, as they search for their grandfather – the lost hunter.
The final battle is coming, the grey-robes are armed and dangerous and ready for war. Lexi, Al and their friends are ready too – or as ready as they can be. The journey so far has been harder than they imagined – they have fought ancient warriors, searched long-lost cities for clues, and trained night and day for the moment when they face their arch enemy. But will it be enough? Can they defeat him and save the English language forever? In this amazing last adventure, Lexi and Al plunge back into the past to fight for English, and to discover that language isn’t the only thing worth fighting for.
About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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