Billy's gotta find some girls, or he and his brothers face extinction, the last of their kind living a Stone Age life in the Australian bush. The spirits choose Billy to see what he can find in the big city. But he's never even seen a girl before and all he's got to wear is a loincloth. His dad wants a fat one to keep him warm in winter and his oldest brother Mallee, wants six! No one knows what Pindaari wants.
Before he goes he must pull off the impossible and earn his brother's respect, outsmarting them at their own game with a stinking dead kangaroo, a flooded cave crawling with bats and a quartz crystal.
Could life get any more difficult? Why yes it could, Billy could fall in love ...
"AWESOME!!!" Andrew, UK
"I was cracking up laughing. It's really good." Kris M, Australia
"So fun guys I highly recommend it." Nancy Y, USA
URBAN HUNTERS is laugh-out-loud, gut-churning, heart-wrenching storytelling at its best. Unlike anything you've ever read, in typical Taaffe fashion. Hilarious as usual. Always surprising. Wonderful!
About the Author
When he's not writing, Gary's hunting deer for the freezer or putting around the lake fishing for flathead.
He's a Toolmaker by trade, a successful inventor and now, a writer. Urban Hunters is the culmination of his inventiveness, his enthusiasm for the outdoors and his fun-filled sense of humour.
There are thirteen books in the Urban Hunters series.
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Table of Contents
Titles Available in the Urban Hunters series
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 — Four Small Stones
Chapter 2 — Sanctuary
Chapter 3 — The Stench of Something Dead
Chapter 4 — Don’t Wake the Bats
Chapter 5 — Billy’s Special Biscuits
Chapter 6 — Waiting Despondently for the Inevitable
Chapter 7 — Beware the Excess Load
Chapter 8 — Tea Cosy
Cast of Characters
About the Author
Urban Hunters Books
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's very much in the same vein as parts 1, 2, and 3; so if you liked those, you will this, and if you didn't you won't. There is a fair amount of dialogue concerning bare backsides, though they don't use that word. Billy kills and eats some feral cats in this part. It didn't bother me when he took rats, although the description of the feces/hair removal process is enough to put ya off your feed, but I winced for the cats because to me they are pet animals. However, he kills them quickly and mercifully and remains a character worth reading about. This has got to be one of the strangest stories I've ever kept reading. I'm going to go see if I can find #5 now.
This is one of my favorite series. I agree with the posts before me it is vividly written. And is absolutly amazing.
I loved this novel. It was vividly written with the feeling of education on Aboriginal history as well as life in the Outback. I once heard Peter Jackson say that the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was born from the sense that it is accessible foreign world with language and routine to which the reader can relate. This concept holds true for Taaffe’s work. Kids will not have lived in Billy’s world but the way that Taaffe sets the story, young readers will think and likely relate their own lives with that of Billy. Billy has mischievous and sometimes bothersome older brothers looking to one-up each other and him. He has a Grandfather who loves him an shares an oral history. He has a family who has had to do what it has to do to survive and Billy will do anything to help them. The first novel doesn’t send Billy into the wide world instead keeping him at home an providing the reader with a clear view of what a culture shock Billy will face. There are no corner shops in the Australian bush. If you want to get somewhere you go by feet. This first installment of the series is simply fun and instructive. After reading this novel, my 11-year-old Canadian Alex expressed sympathy for the Aborigines in the story and an interest in learning more about the history of the people.
Four Small Stones (Urban Hunters 1) By: Gary Taaffe ISBN: 9780987176004 Published August 3, 2011 by Bunya Publishing Available Format: ebook My Rating: ????? Billy is a thirteen-year-old Aboriginal boy from the bush. The spirit of his mother has chosen him to travel where the whites live. His clan is facing extinction, and it is up to young Billy to find some girls and a future for them. Billy really doesn't want to go, but he has more imminent problems to deal with. Billy's brothers are constantly pulling pranks on each other, and this time Billy is their target. He cooks up a plan to get back at them big time. His plan involves a rotten Roo, some stimulating biscuits, a blanket of bat poop, and a trip to the crystal cave. I originally thought, with a thirteen-year-old protagonist and low word count, this would be good to read with my son. We did start it together, but I read ahead and decided it was a bit more mature than he is ready for at the moment. We did have an interesting conversation about the Aborigines and Australian animals and culture. It is more toward the end of the story that the plot takes a little turn and the language gets a bit harsh. If he were in his early teens, I would have been more comfortable with him finishing the story. For me, though, it was truly enjoyable! The young brothers have such a fun rapport, even though they are trying to one up each other all the time. They certainly can pull some disgusting pranks, and Billy's was elaborate and hilarious! All throughout the story, I marveled at how authentic everything felt. Heartwarming and fun! I can't wait to check out the next in the series.