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  • Published: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143796572
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.99

The Australia Survival Guide



Australia is trying to KILL you – this book will save your life!

Oh no! You’ve been bitten by an inland taipan?

Don’t worry, The Australia Survival Guide has the first-aid advice you need!

What’s that? You’re lost in the bush and need to know how to collect your own water?

The Australia Survival Guide has got you covered.

Australia's Deadliest Dangers Demystified


Our amazing country has its fair share of dangers: sharks, snakes, cyclones and crocodiles can be a serious threat to your life! But don’t worry. This book will help you by providing the knowledge you need to survive in all kinds of Aussie conditions – in the bush, in the desert or even at the beach!

Why This Guide is a Must-Have


*Essential Reading: This guide is essential for every Australian child and kids visiting Australia. Equip them with knowledge that could save their life!
*Up-to-date Information: Contains current statistics, real-life stories, and vivid photographs.
*Child-Oriented & Engaging: George’s writing is not only factual but also incredibly engaging and tailored for young readers.
*Cultural Insights: Learn about Australia's Indigenous history and how to protect our unique flora and fauna.
*Visually Appealing: High-quality hardback featuring an easy-to-read layout, funny illustrations, and actual photographs.

The Perfect Gift for Any Adventurous Kid


Whether it's a birthday, holiday, or just because, this book makes the perfect gift. Don't leave the safety of your young adventurers to chance. Give the gift of survival knowledge!

So Don’t Just Sit There!


Even if you think Australia is out to get you, The Australia Survival Guide can be the lifesaver you didn't know you needed!
  • Published: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143796572
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.99

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About the author

George Ivanoff

George Ivanoff is a Melbourne author who’s written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including the middle-grade novel Monster Island, the interactive You Choose series, the non-fiction Survival Guides, the RFDS Adventures and the Other Worlds series.

As a child, George loved reading interactive books, where he got to make decisions about the direction of the story. He has had more fun plotting and writing the You Choose books than pretty much anything else. Writing the Survival Guides has indulged his curiosity, interest in research and desire to learn new things. And writing the RFDS Adventures has opened his eyes to the amazing work done by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. With Monster Island, George got to indulge his childhood fascination for dinosaurs in a rollicking science fiction adventure full of monsters, mushrooms and mysteries.

George’s books and stories have been shortlisted for numerous awards and he’s won two YABBA Awards for his You Choose books.

George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who. He has one wife, two children and an uncontrollable imagination.

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Praise for The Australia Survival Guide

Visually, pages are eye-catching with break-out boxes, changes of font size and type, graphics and photographs. Every page is filled with interesting and sometimes fascinating facts. One could imagine the target market for this book – children aged from nine years plus – spending countless hours reading and dipping into the 175 pages.

Dianne Bates, Buzz Words

This book has sensible advice about how to avoid undesirable situations, and practical tips for walking in the Australian bush. One for the Christmas gift list.

Sunday Telegraph

The Australia Survival Guide is an informative and fascinating snapshot of all things lethal in Australia. There are fun facts about our top 10 deadliest snakes, the top four diseases spread by mosquitoes and the ultimate killer, the sun.

Heather Zubek, West Australian

This survival guide is both informative and entertaining. Ivanoff writes in a cheerful tone, makes lots of jokes, all the while managing to convey sensible advice and heaps of accessible facts about all the dangers that exist out there in the wilds of Australia.

Mia Macrossan, Story Links

This book is a great insight into the dangers lurking in Australian backyards but also a reminder about all that is weird and wonderful about our land. It’s a great book for both locals and tourists as it shows us how to be aware yet safe, and acknowledge the wonderous creatures lurking in our midst.

Sarah Wallace, Kids' Book Review

. . . the first person narrative lifts this above the common survival guide so that while there is all the information about identification, avoidance and first aid that is needed, it becomes a readable dip-and-delve book that also carries a warning about how humans can change the environment for better or worse and, at the same time, recognising its uniqueness and the need for us to look after it – even if it is trying to kill us.

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf blog

Kids will enjoy the avatar that guides them through the book and will love the humour of the sections like 'Totally fake death' where they can learn about mythical animals like the bunyip and the Hawkesbury River Monster . . . At the same time the content is informative and well described, with the first aid sections and instructions being particularly clear and concise should any of the deadly creatures and events be encountered.

Read Plus

George Ivanoff is not just a pretty face. Under that luxuriant mop of ever-changing hair there’s an inventive and clever brain which can produce not only awesome adventures of the fictional kind for readers but now the ultimate field guide to surviving in the harsh reality of the Australian landscape.

Sue Warren, Just So Stories

. . . readers will be entertained and even amused as their fear of encountering snakes, spiders, jellyfish and other “nasties” in nature decreases. In the end, they’ll find that Australia isn’t so scary after all. In fact, it’s a wonderful place to live or visit!

Julie Murphy, Booktopia

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