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A story of friendship and heart-racing adventure – a perfect follow up to the acclaimed The Boy and the Spy.

When the river rises and the city of Paris begins to disappear under water, Frederic decides to help those who can’t help themselves. But as his heroic acts escalate, so does the danger. Frederic will have to battle an escaped zoo animal and fight off pickpockets and looters but, as the waters subside, can he find justice for his father and find out what courage really means?


An amazing book for fans of historical fiction.

Seamus Hadfield, Herald Sun, Melbourne

This is a wonderful book for younger readers, recreating a fascinating moment in French history.

Troy Lennon, Daily Telegraph, Sydney

Historical fiction at its exciting best.

Sandy Russell, Sunday Telegraph, Sydney

A fine piece of eye-opening historical fiction (I had no idea the flood had actually happened), an engaging and well-written story, and a chance to learn a couple of basic phrases in French! Would be best suited to readers in the 11-14 age bracket.

Christian Price, CBCA Reading Time

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 2, 2018


    176 pages

    RRP $16.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
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  • EBook


    April 2, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    176 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo Ebook
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    • eBooks

Awards and Recognition

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    Older Readers
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Younger Readers