For ages: 8+ years old
Following on from ‘Ned Kelly’s Helmet’ the first of the series, this book taps into the rich vein of Australian history — the story of Captain Matthew Flinders, the first man to circumnavigate the continent (but which an interesting twist for today’s generation).
When Ms Bracker plants a 10 acre cornfield maze in Milltown and buries a “treasure chest” in it, her class knows it’s just her way of helping them learn old-school navigational techniques - at least that’s the official version. But - as usual - their dodgy teacher has a whole different agenda; identifying the best navigators in her class to help her find real buried treasure, using a map left by her ancestor. But when theMcGoogly Gang use their ancient technology to go back in time and learn navigation from Captain Matthew Flinders aboard the Investigator, they unwittingly bring their deadly nemesis back to the 21st century, and the game is rapidly transformed from smooth sailing to very nasty squalls. Splice the mainbrace - there’s a storm coming!
"The McGoogly Gang is back in yet another crazy adventure. When a reminder of their old friend Ned Kelly comes up on a treasure map, they decide they need help deciphering it. And who better than the best mapmaker of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, Captain Flinders himself. But things go wrong. Nige is lost in time, a stowaway on Captain Flinders ship. Can the McGoogly gang win again? Or will they crash and burn?
This book was one of the best I’ve read. It had simply everything. Excitement, danger, mystery and more! This book had me from the start. It described things easily and using writers skills, the author really made me believe I was there. With a wide range of characters, each and every one being unique, it created a real thrill. Never a boring moment!
I would rate this book 5 out of 5, and for people aged 9 and up. In this book history merges with fantasy, and creates magic!" - Reviewed by Sam