Wildlife warriors unite
CHILDREN will be taken on a daring new adventure to protect Australia’s most important wildlife in a new book from Hamilton Hill’s Deb Fitzpatrick.
DEB Fitzpatrick knew early on that one of her most recent fictional characters would not be a one-and-done affair.
The Hamilton Hill author first introduced her young audience to the vivacious Spencer in 2013 offering The Amazing Spencer Gray and said she had been eager to bring him back for another adventure ever since.
And an adventure is exactly what Spencer gets after he stumbles on a sinister operation in the bush that sends his life down a crazy path in Fitzpatrick’s new release, The Spectacular Spencer Gray.
“Spencer and his mates are playing soccer on the oval at lunchtime and the ball gets kicked into the bush,” Fitzpatrick said.
“Spencer retrieves the ball, but while he’s in there he sees a man running away, as though Spencer has interrupted him doing something.
“Well, Spencer just has to go back to investigate, doesn’t he, and he gets caught up in something pretty sinister.”
A fan of the fun, humour and growth that she can create in a children’s book, Fitzpatrick said she also enjoyed being able to incorporate important issues into her books in a way that children could understand.
“I have a big interest in the conservation of our native animals, and I wanted Spencer to have another adventure, so I put these two ideas together,” she said.
“I did some research on international animal smuggling and learnt that quite a few Australian birds and animals are trafficked and I quickly began to want to write about that.
“I love being able to work my interests and concerns into my books, and caring for the environment is an abiding interest for me.
“I really believe that kids have the power to make a difference, and I love putting them into situations in my books where they can prove this.”
The Spectacular Spencer Gray is available from www. fremantlepress.com.au.
Hamilton Hill author Deb Fitzpatrick.