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Saturday 28 July 2012

Review: The Ruffs

This tale about a Bushranger family set in the Australian Goldfields is unlike anything I've ever read.

Tough spitting Granny can hit a target with 99.9% accuracy. The spit bombs she lets fly are formidable. So are her son Ned Smelly's killer burps. Even Baby Face Tom is Wanted. He can render the toughest trooper senseless with his irresistible baby smiles.

When the Sheriff takes a poor gold miner's newly found giant nugget, the Ruffs decide to get it back, but their luck has run out. When Granny loses another tooth and Baby Face Tom starts teething, things look grim. The whole family except Jeremy Good for Nuthin ends up locked in the Sheriff's cell.

Can Jeremy come up with a plan to save his family and the gold nugget or is he really good for nothing? His only skill is that he can tell stories.

You won't find anyone like the Ruffs in history books, but the laugh out loud characters that Christina Miesen has created will give young readers a taste for historical tales and a love of finding fun stories between the pages.

Go on. I dare you. Have a read of the Ruffs. You won't regret it.   

Title: The Ruffs - one of the last Aussie Bites
Author and Illustrator: Christina Miesen
Publisher: Puffin, $12.95
Publication Date: April, 2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143306726
For ages: 6 +
Type: Chapter Book