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The Caddy kids are back in Australia to find the missing piece of the family puzzle. But they uncover a secret deeper than they could have imagined . . .

After learning that their mother might still be alive, Kick, Bert, Scruff and Pin have vowed to search for her. They'll comb the whole world if they have to! But it seems Mum's last-known location was closer to home.

With a bewildered Uncle Basti in tow, and their mysterious friend Bone determined to tag along, the kids set off for Sydney. The clues lead them to a place the Caddys have dreamed of visiting: the spectacularly noisy, gloriously exciting Luna Park. But it's not just fun and games they encounter here. What big surprises are in store?


These books are for upper primary (and beyond) ... They have all the British eccentricities of a good Blyton or Dahl romp – with grotesque villains and class-based snobbery – but with a clear Australian vernacular apparent in the language, the landscapes and the cultural subtexts.


Whimsical and exciting . . . The humorous antics of the children and their love for one another despite the difficulties they face will appeal to all readers. Gemmell also creates wonderful word portraits of the outback with its harsh realities, but also its beauty and its freedom. And through this all, there is an amazing sense of fun . . . Very definitely worth recommending to young readers.

Carolyn Hull, readplus.com.au

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 1, 2015

    Random House Australia Children's

    320 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • EBook


    October 1, 2015

    Random House Australia

    320 pages

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