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Pangea and Almost Back


Glass House Books
March 21, 2024

Book Details

In this time-traveling adventure, Freddie O'Toole's is in search for his real father who has disappeared in a plane crash several years earlier. His guardian sends Freddie on a secret expedition to Timor where Freddie and his crusty manservant, Gruntenguile, are chased by Snapahuti headhunters. After a narrow escape, they discover portals that take them back to Pangea and then to ancient Africa where Freddie becomes a contestant in the Tournament of Blood. He meets the leader of master aliens, the Zynes, who unlocks the secret of his missing father and a deal between the Zynes and the Axis Powers in World War Two.

Author Description

Born and raised on Yorke Peninsula in rural South Australia, Don Henderson, in cahoots with his brother and sister and his army of cousins, developed a quirky sense of adventure from a young age. Don worked as a roustabout in woolsheds and as a stock agent before enrolling at The University of Adelaide, where he majored in English Literature. He taught high school English in South Australia, Victoria, Arnhem Land, and Japan. He indulged his passion for writing in various ways, most notably as the founder, editor, and sole scribe of the Tarcoola Times, and, later, as a sports writer for the Whyalla News. After attending a conference where the speaker lamented the lack of high interest books for boys he wrote Half the Battle (2006) and Keepinitreal (2009), published by Scholastic. A third novel, Macbeth, You Idiot! (2009), was published by Penguin. He couldn't stop imagining a high adventure book set in an incredible world, so, when he returned to serious writing a few years ago, he enrolled in a creative writing PhD at The University of Adelaide and set to work on Pangea and almost back. Don lives in the Adelaide coastal suburb of Largs Bay with his wife, Alison. He teaches English at a nearby high school.

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