Mister Cassowary

Samantha Wheeler

Mister Cassowary
University of Queensland Press
23 September 2015

Mister Cassowary

Samantha Wheeler

‘Cassowaries are not just birds,’ Dad growled. ‘They’re the most dangerous birds in the world.’ When Flynn and Dad arrive at Grandad Barney’s banana farm, it’s clear that Flynn has a lot of investigating to do. Everything in the place is a mystery, especially his grandad who died almost a year ago, and the strange dinosaur-like birds called cassowaries that make his dad so scared. Why won’t Dad tell Flynn what happened? After Flynn meets local girl Abby and discovers two orphaned baby cassowaries, the mystery deepens. Can Flynn find out the truth about his grandad and the cassowaries before it’s too late?


After Flynn’s grandad passes away, he and his dad make the trek to the family banana farm so they prepare it for sale. But in the clean-up, Flynn discovers two small, orphaned cassowary chicks. Flynn wants to take care of them, but every time he questions his dad about them he gets nothing but an angry response. Flynn thinks there’s something else going on, so he enlists the help of his new friend Abby to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Samantha Wheeler’s previous book Smooch & Rose made our 2014 Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist, so it’s no surprise she’s back again. Wheeler has a knack for writing endearing characters and plots that weave in environmental themes that readers 8 and up will love.

Holly Harper

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