Five children have 28 days to map a rail route through the mountains in this exciting adventure-race for middle readers.
Sal, Joe, Francie and Humphrey misplace their mother as they begin the Great Race to map a rail route through an uncharted wilderness. Their money is gone and their father didn’t come back from his last adventure. This race is their last chance.
They have twenty-eight days to find and map the best route. There’ll be bears, bees, bats, river crossings, cliff falls, impossible weather—but worst of all, they’re racing five teams of adults who don’t play by the rules.
by Eirlys Hunter
- Finalist Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi 2024 (Italian edn.)
- IBBY Honour List 2020
- Best 50 Kids Books 2018, The Listener (NZ)
“One of the most poised, stylish children’s books I’ve read in a long time … just an utter delight” Kate De Goldi
“An adventure story of such quality and originality, pace and punch.” – Bookwagon
“Hunter has crafted a a thrilling adventure tale that stands ably among classic kids adventure tales by E Nesbit or Enid Blyton.” – Sara Keating, The Irish Times
“What a great story! I gobbled it straight up.” – Children’s Bookshop Kilbirnie
“A scrumptious adventure with danger, pathos, a hilarious mix of villains and a crucial deadline.” – Barbara Else, author
Gecko Press | pb | 248 pp | 2018 | 10+
Rights sold: Italian, all other rights available, except Chinese