If you don't already know, Mary Grant Bruce (1875-1958) was one of the best known authors of Australian literature for children. Her Billabong series of fifteen books is probably foremost of all her works but there are other stand alone novels (e.g. Golden Fiddles) that are excellent also.
The 454 page hardback book pictured below published in 1981 by John Ferguson, Sydney, contains the first two books in the Billabong series that were first published in 1910 and 1911: A little Bush Maid and Mates at Billabong.
I wrote about A Little Bush Maid here.
Here is a short taste by 12 year old Moozle on the second book:
In Mates at Billabong, the Linton's city cousin, Cecil, comes to Billabong for a holiday. Obnoxious, spoilt and thoughtless, he looks down his nose at the life the Lintons lead. Cecil gets off to a bad start by falling off his horse into a clump of thorns, thus tearing his coat which is in the newest of fashions. He then sends a letter to his mother complaining about all the oddities of life at Billabong. He thinks he is the best at horse riding, and gets very upset when he is not allowed to ride Norah's pony, Bobs...
Both books make for great family read alouds and would appeal to confident readers from about age 9 years and up. As the series progress, they cover Norah's adventures during World War I and are more suitable for older readers - a lovely series to grow with your child.
Be warned. Once you have a child interested in life at Billabong you will be badgered to find more in the series...just saying.
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