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Seeker Seven - Adventures for Young Australians, Bidwell, Dafne

Author Name    Bidwell, Dafne

Title   Seeker Seven - Adventures for Young Australians

Binding   Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover

Book Condition   Good

Edition   1st Edition

Size   12mo

Publisher   Australia Rigby 1984

ISBN Number    0727019554 / 9780727019554

Illustrator   Lorraine Lewitzka

Seller ID   054712

140 pages. A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY cruise to Singapore sounds like a recipe for long, lazy days, lots of sunshine, and lots of fun. Yet for six children from Perth - two girls and four boys - it is just the beginning of an unforgettable and ultimately terrifying adventure. it all starts when one of the boys, Simon Thompson, risks his own life to rescue a small Chinese child who has fallen overboard. ln gratitude, the child's father, a geologist for an oil company, invites Simon and the other children to stay with him and his family in Singapore for a month. During their visit, the children are allowed to visit Seeker Seven, an oil rig off the coast of Singapore. However, when the boys stay on the rig overnight, they discover by chance that all is not as it seems on the rig. A gang of criminals is at work there, carrying out its illegal activities under cover of darkness. A police search on the rig reveals nothing, but the gang is not content to let matters rest there. From then on the children are exposed to sinister scare tactics that nearly cost them their lives. The game of cat-and-mouse accelerates at a furious pace, and when a violent storm traps the children on the rig, it seems that they are finally at the mercy of the ruthless criminals. This well-written adventure novel for children in the 10-14 age group not only makes for compulsive reading; it also presents an accurate and fascinating picture of life on board an offshore oil rig. The agonising suspense of the last scenes, where the children face a seemingly hopeless situation, will grip the imagination of all young readers. DAFNE BIDWELL was born in Hampshire, England, in 1929, and in 1945 moved with her family to live in County Wicklow, Ireland. After secretarial college in Dublin she worked for several years as a librarian, and then in 1955 she joined the British Secret Service [M.l.6) in London. She later worked in Saigon and Singapore until her marriage in Penang in 1957. She and her husband lived in Malaysia for sixteen years, and their five children were all born there. They first visited Australia in 1963, and in 1971 they settled permanently in Perth. Dafne Bidwell began writing at the age of eleven, but has only started writing regularly since her youngest child, now seventeen, started school. One of her two published books for children‘The Tiger Gang and the Hijackers (1976) has been translated into Danish; and the other, The Tiger Gang and the Car Thieves (1977) has been scripted into a five-episode mini series partly funded by the Australian Children‘s Film and Television Foundation.

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