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Monday 27 June 2011

Review: Ubby's Underdogs

"In the far north-west of Australia lies a dusty little pearling town where the people are as rugged and rough as the red-dirt country that surrounds them."

Set in Broome in the 1940s, just as the town's prosperity is fading, this dramatic tale tells of a young girl, Ubby, and the gang she leads.

Ubby is tough, tougher than most, and together with her gang she must face adventures and secrets and a world full of myths and legends - a complex collision of worlds and cultures that she has to weave her way around.

McKenna's fictional Aboriginal and Chinese mythology takes centre stage as his illustrations and clever text showcase an extraordinary new Australian talent.

This, the first in a trilogy, sets up a number of storylines for the following installments.

Perfect for kids, teenagers and adults who love comics, an enthralling adventure story and characters with strength and guts.

Title: Ubby's Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon
Author/Illustrator: Brenton E. McKenna
Publisher: Magabala Books, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: May 2011
ISBN: 9781921248313
Format: Paperback
For ages: Upper primary and young adults
Type: Graphic novel