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Visiting his uncle’s cattle station in the Australian outback, Tom is thrilled when old Sam offers to take him and his cousin, Greg, walkabout. But trekking through the wilderness, the trio are appalled to stumble across an illegal drug laboratory experimenting on animals. Suddenly their lives are in jeopardy. Greg is captured, and Sam must forge onwards in an attempt to get help. Tom finds himself alone under the unforgiving sun, his food supplies dwindling. Meanwhile the lab workers plot to flee the country, and to dispose of Greg along the way.

But the outback holds dangers that even scheming criminals cannot avoid. Kyrek the crocodile watches from the riverbed, assessing his prey. And when finally they take to the water, Kyrek moves in for the kill …

Reviews

ELEPHANT BEN: 'An exciting and immensely enjoyable adventure story ... A great read for any young wildlife enthusiast.'
The Northern Echo
compelling reading
The School Librarian
Review of 'Elephant Ben' from a child judge of the Stockton Award: '... definitely the most brilliant book I ever read. It's a definite 10/10!' Frederick Nattrass, aged 9.
The style is attractive and immediate, and might get boys (as well as girls) from 8 upwards, reading for pleasure
The School Librarian
KIMBA: 'Geoffrey Malone continues to be one of the great specialists of the animal novel.'
West of France review paper
ELEPHANT BEN: 'An exciting and immensely enjoyable adventure story ... A great read for any young wildlife enthusiast.'
The Northern Echo
compelling reading
The School Librarian
Review of 'Elephant Ben' from a child judge of the Stockton Award: '... definitely the most brilliant book I ever read. It's a definite 10/10!' Frederick Nattrass, aged 9.
The style is attractive and immediate, and might get boys (as well as girls) from 8 upwards, reading for pleasure
The School Librarian
KIMBA: 'Geoffrey Malone continues to be one of the great specialists of the animal novel.'
West of France review paper