Gang-o-kids by Hazel Edwards
Omotivo, Victoria, 2008. ISBN 978064648847 9
Ages: 7-10 A new book published by Omotivo, the Orienteering Services
of Australia, this contains stories by Hazel Edwards published two
decades ago, about kids in an orienteering club.
The Bunyip Orienteering Club meets most weekends going on bush walks,
bush runs and mystery hikes to practice and refine their skills. The
group consists of Jamie, Tina, Emma, Mario and Kate and each story
favours one or other of the group.
Hazel Edward's polished writing brings out the differences in these
disparate kids in a few sentences and their personalities are further
developed through the stories. This book contains four stories telling
of their adventures while orienteering. The first story, Cunning
has Mario having to solve a mystery to join the group. As
and Emma are twins, the group devises a mystery where the girls trade
places to put off Mario. As with the other three stories, this one
promotes good skills when orienteering, and displays the sorts of
skills used in this sport.
Aimed at middle primary kids, the book is a good introduction to the
sport, and with four short stories will find a place in classrooms.