Winner of Young People's History Prize, NSW Premier's History Awards, 2018
What would you do if you were told your best friend is now the enemy?
Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates – loyal and adventurous. They’re the Fighting Stingrays.
In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. But when Japan enters World War II, the Fighting Stingrays are told that one of their own is now the real-life enemy. Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.
“Highly recommended read for ages 9+. Adventure, Australian history and the power of friendship come together in this extremely engaging novel about a trio of boys living on Thursday Island during World War II. This is a truly thrilling story of escape and survival, with subterfuge, near-misses, intense action and plenty of humour.”
Leanne Hall, Readings
“Characterisation is flawlessly captured in this exciting engaging war adventure, in which there are no absolute winners or losers. The author captures the feel of the fear of imminent invasion perfectly ... This is a riveting adventure yarn about fortitude, survival and loyalty, for upper primary aged readers, particularly boys. Highly recommended.”
Russ Merrin, Magpies
NSW Premier's History Awards
Winner • 2018 • Young People's History Prize
CBCA Book of the Year Awards
Notable Book • 2018 • Younger Readers