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Four Small Stones

(Urban Hunters)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  15 reviews

Billy’s gotta find some girls, or he and his brothers face extinction, the last of their kind living a Stone Age life in the Australian bush. The spirits choose Billy to see what he can find in the big city. But he’s never even seen a girl before and all he’s got to wear is a loincloth. His dad wants a fat one to keep him warm in winter and his ol
ebook, First Edition, 115 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 by Bunya Publishing (first published July 31st 2011)
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Jessica (Books: A true story)
Four Small Stones was like The Jungle Book set in Aboriginal Australia. When I saw the subtitle, “Billy’s Gotta Find Some Girls,” I knew I had to read it. I was pulled in from the first page by how vivid and visual the writing was. I was immersed in an entirely new and fascinating culture that was shocking, sad, beautiful and amazing. He dedicates this book to his nieces and nephews who “stared wide-eyed as I told them about Billy and Amber’s adventures” and I felt exactly the same way. I’ve nev ...more
Kristi Bernard
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
Billy is a young Aborigines whose mother wants him to go on his walkabout with his great grandfather, Cobar. Bill is only thirteen and wants more time to grow into a man. Billy has two older brothers, Mallee and Pindaari. They are rambunctious and like to play tricks on each other. What they hadn't realized is that four small stones would take them on a journey towards respect and manhood.

Taaffe brings young readers into the world of the Aborigines. Their way of life, culture, foods and a young
Misty Blankenship
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, reviews
This was a very interesting short story!! I loved what Billy did to his brothers...that was epic!
Sean Harding
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
At the time of reading this book it was around about Naidoc week and I borrowed this and a number of others from the series to see well what it was like and if I could learn nothing about the indigenous cultures of our land.
The story was ok it wasn't brilliant, it wasn't terrible, but I'm not are how much I learnt from it that expanded my knowledge and experience of our indigenous nations. An OK read. How will the series go from here?
Peter Koevari
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian
*I was generously provided a copy of this book to read and review*

A short story about a boy named Billy, and his (mis)adventures in the bush.

Now, I have to be honest to say that this is not usually a genre that I read. My favourite genres are fantasy, scifi, true crime, thriller, and biography.

Having said that, it did not distract me from enjoying the story for what I loved the most about it, Gary's obvious talent for storytelling and a rich world that he has created. Take this from another writ
Cassie McCown
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Four Small Stones (Urban Hunters 1)
By: Gary Taaffe
ISBN: 9780987176004
Published August 3, 2011 by Bunya Publishing
Available Format: ebook

My Rating: ★★★★★

Billy is a thirteen-year-old Aboriginal boy from the bush. The spirit of his mother has chosen him to travel where the whites live. His clan is facing extinction, and it is up to young Billy to find some girls and a future for them. Billy really doesn’t want to go, but he has more imminent problems to deal with. Billy’s brothers are constantly pu
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet story of an Aboriginal boy in Outback Australia and his relationship with his family. It explores their love and closeness and the main character Billy's attempts to outwit his older brothers. I felt the author did an excellent job of describing Aboriginal culture and their daily lives. Although I have lived a short time in Australia, I did not come into much contact with Aboriginal culture - my main experience was as a tourist in Alice Springs. This, of course, is hardly an accu ...more
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Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel. It was vividly written with the feeling of education on Aboriginal history as well as life in the Outback. I once heard Peter Jackson say that the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was born from the sense that it is accessible foreign world with language and routine to which the reader can relate. This concept holds true for Taaffe’s work. Kids will not have lived in Billy’s world but the way that Taaffe sets the story, young readers will think and likely relate their ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Four Small Stones is a hilarious adventure about Billy and his brothers's quest to ensure their family's continued existence by seeking out a mates.

Billy and his family are Aboriginals living in the Outback. They believe in the old ways and work hard to preserve their family traditions. But, as their tribe reaches near extinction they decide they must take action. Now it is up to Billy to venture out into the world and see what he can find in the city. The only problem, Billy doesn't quite fit i
Desiree reilly
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won t his book and the second one and t hen this book is a great book to read for adult
and kid.The book is in Australia and life the tribe of aborigines. There is billy and his family and then the clan is not getting bigger. So Billy has to prove him self to the tribe and they need women but the boys of the tribe are all ways playing joke on each other. well Billy get his brother back bu cooking the biscuit they love but what happen next is the funny part of the book.Billy put something in the
Gary Taaffe
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm constantly getting reviews from people who don't review on Goodreads, so I thought I'd add them here for you all to benefit from:

A Wonderful Beginning to a Fascinating Story..., by W. D La Rue. 5 stars on Amazon

The best stories transport you and teach you something you did not now. This book took me out of NYC to the outback of Australia and in to the life of a young Aborigines boy. This book is full of a wonderful humanity and has a terrific sense of humor. I laughed out loud at least once.
P.S. Winn
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read about an Aboriginal family. Billy is the youngest of three boys and when he was born his mother unfortunately passed away. Billy's great grandfather brought Billy into this world and watched over him. Billy and his brothers Malee and Pindaari are typical of young boys and in this book have a few adventures that readers will find fun and interesting, The author did a great job with the feel of the location and in knowing what young boys get up to when it comes to fun, trouble and adven ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-for-kindle
Four Small Stones is the first book in what is planned to be a 12 book series. Obviously by my one star rating I didn't like it, but that doesn't mean you won't. The humor in it didn't appeal to me, and with humor being a basis for the book and probably the rest of the series, I think it's going to be pretty hit-or-miss for people.
Jb Cacdac
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the first page to last, you'll be hooked. Its wonderful plot will make you want for more. From the time you pick it up and start reading, you'll find it hard to put it down. This story is probably one of the best new young adult books out there. It's a great start to a great series!
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Gary Taaffe is the No.1 Amazon Bestselling Author of 9 fiction and 2 non-fiction books, including the Urban Hunters series for Young Adults and his Stampede series, a no-nonsense guide to book marketing for authors. New York Book Review, W.D La Rue said, “I would read ANYTHING this man wrote.” Gary lives in Forster-Tuncurry, Australia, where he’s surrounded by waterways for fishing and bushland fo ...more

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