By: James Moloney
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Penguin Australia
Published: 25th June 2014
ISBN: 9780143307822


Do You Dare . . .

Stick up for your mates?

Ride a horse at breakneck speed?

Risk your life for freedom?

It's an adventure in history.

Do You Dare?


Set in Moreton Bay in the harsh times of 1844, when ex-convicts and squatters were trying to build a new home as best they could, we are introduced to Toby Thompson and his Mum.

They have a secret, and for the sake of their future together they are determined to keep it that way.

Toby is a knock about kid who doesn't go to school, unlike his friend Robert Poole, the much more ‘well to do’ son of a lawyer. Toby’s love is horses and he will do anything to be around them, including helping his mate Stan fix an illegal race or two.

A story about a life that children today are unfamiliar with, this is also a true story of friendship, trust, courage and loyalty.

What Toby ends up doing for his Mum would make any parent proud!

I really liked this book for the characters and the relationships they form. However, it will probably be best suited and enjoyed by your middle to senior primary boys.

Reviewed by Sam