TC and the stinkiest story ever (in the history of the Universe) by Dave Hartley

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Illus. by Peter Baldwin. Scholastic Australia, 2019. ISBN: 9781742991870.
(Age: 7+) Recommended. Themes: Friendship, Aboriginal culture, Family, Bullies, Mystery, Humour. Set in a country town in Australia, this light-hearted story covers the mystery of a missing dog, daily issues children face such as earning pocket money and bullies, all intertwined with aspects of Aboriginal culture.
TC and his best mate Lockie go in search of a missing dog, Polpetta, owned by Mrs Mucci, the champion pizza maker of Warner Creek. In order to track down the missing dog, the two friends use the most obvious clue - stinky poo! The reward for finding the missing dog is free pizza for a year! With a suspect in mind, the two boys spend their time searching for clues and trying to solve the mystery. On their journey they are chased by the school bullies and outwit them along the way.
Younger readers will enjoy the reference and use of technology during the course of the story. These include the x-box, iPad and a very useful drone. Some of this technology is put to good use by the boys and is vital in solving the mystery with the support of their mob. Interwoven throughout this story is information regarding aspects of Aboriginal life which is described sensitively and gives the reader a further understanding of their history and culture. The simple illustrations strategically placed throughout the story add to the story and creates visual images to support the younger reader. This is an enjoyable read, fast paced and action packed and will appeal to younger readers, in particular boys.
Kathryn Beilby