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3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
It's crunch time in Bungawitta. The land's as dry as a dead galah, there's no rain in sight, and only twelve people left in town. Little Glory-Alice blames it all on the TV weatherman. Jay knows better. Nobody can make it rain. But a shower of money would help keep Bungawitta alive. And a festival would attract city tourists with money to spend, Jay's sure of it. But can t ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published April 2011 by Scholastic (first published 2011)
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Apr 12, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Have you ever lived through a drought?
I loved this book. It’s fun and funny.
Aside from the giggles this book shows a community coming together to put on an event of a lifetime.
Highly recommend for readers young and old.
Clare Cannon
Jul 21, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 5-10 years+
Shelves: 08-12yrs, 04-8yrs

A humorous tale for young readers about a country town that uses its ingenuity to survive a drought. The Bungawitta Earth Sculpture Festival is born, and with the prospect of appearing on television, tourists flock to the fresh air and open skies of the dusty little town. All the town's characters contribute their best, with cakes and a sausage sizzle, tea cosies and chutney and jam, paintings and souvenir t-shirts, and even the elderly Maisie Macduff gives her fingers a run on the old piano an
May 10, 2012 Clad22 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Very Australian. Looking forward to sharing it with some city kids of mostly overseas backgrounds.
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Apr 22, 2012 Mrs Child rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle primary
Wonderful story of an outback town struggling with the drought. Great characters, plenty of funny lines with predictable outcome!
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Emily Rodda (real name Jennifer Rowe) was born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 with an MA (Hons) in English Literature. Moving into a publishing career, first as a book editor, and finally as a publisher at Angus & Robertson, Rodda's first book was published in 1984.
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