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Spark – Adam Wallace/Andrew Plant



Ford St Publishing

ISBN: 9781925272406 (HC)
9781925272413 (PB)
Publication date: October 2016 (HC)
March 2017 (PB)

Price: AUD $24.95
Adam Wallace was 11 years old when the Ash Wednesday bushfires threatened his home.

Forced to leave with his grandmother, no car and a budgie in a cage, it was only a wind change that saved Adam’s home.

The memory still burns bright, even though Adam now lives in a bushfire-free area.”


With bushfire season approaching this publication could not be timelier. Of course we have seen a number of excellent titles, particularly picture books, over the years but this truly is exceptional. This is the first vivid and gripping account of a wildfire told from the PoV of the fire itself. This in itself makes the reader stop and reflect, particularly with the frontispiece of the smouldering cigarette butt.

There is no doubt that our Australian bushfires are frightening and so often cause such mass destruction and loss of life that we can tend to cast blame on the fire itself. But as we know more often than not the blame lies elsewhere. Most anger-making of all is those despicable persons who deliberately light them.

With this new slant, young readers can come to an understanding that it is not the fire’s ‘fault’. Starting as a spark, fuelled by an ever-demanding wind, the flames are just as much helpless as those who have had their homes and livelihoods destroyed or faced the fear and danger in quelling such blazes.

Adam’s text moves from whimsical to urgent and as always Andrew Plant’s illustrations are stunning. What a superb combination!

In my opinion, this is a ‘must have’ for your collection and should be on your read aloud list for Term 4 as we gird our metaphorical loins for another Australian summer.

Highly recommended for readers from Prep upwards.

Jamie Brown is NOT rich – Adam Wallace



Ford St Publishing

Publication date:
May 1, 2014
Extent: 186 pages
Format: B format paperback
Category: Humour
Age guide: 6 – 10

Kids who love humorous books of the ilk – Diary of a Wimpy Kid, My Life….(Tristan Bancks), Tom Gates and so on –  will love meeting Jamie Brown and his family and friends.

Jamie and his family are poor – really poor – but his life is rich in other ways. Living alongside equally impoverished families in the old Grand Hotel on Hovel St, Jamie has quirky friends and loving family to compensate for the lack of dollars.

Then one day the Browns’ lives change dramatically when a distant relative gives them a squillion dollars and the family is moved to a huge mansion in Snootyville and Jamie is enrolled at a very posh school.  How will the Browns, and Jamie, cope with this unexpected turnaround in their lives?

Examining themes such as bullying and being accepted, whether money buys happiness and persistence, the book comedically charts the progress of the Browns’ rags-to-riches story.

Interspersed with the text which includes some very funky fonts are numerous, very expressive, cartoon-style illustrations – which successfully break up the story into very accessible ‘chunks’ for readers who can be easily daunted by loads of writing.

No doubt you have many readers already familiar with Adam’s style and this novel, which apparently was inspired by Happy Gilmore (certainly one of my favourite movies!)  will be sure to hit the right spot for both boys and girls from around 8 upwards.  You won’t go wrong adding this one to your shelves!

Find teaching notes here at Ford St Publishing.