Dusty in the Outwilds
Dusty has grown up hearing whispers about her mysterious aunt Meg, who went off to live ‘out wild’ and never returned. Yet Dusty’s father refuses to discuss what happened – and her only clue is a photograph of her aunt as a young girl with a strange, monkey-like creature on her shoulder. But when Dusty learns that her family’s beloved bushland property might be sold, she’s convinced that only Meg could stop it happening. So…

A story starting off with a brave 12 year old girl named Dusty, who has a family full of secrets, starting with a path leading to the ‘outwilds’ near their house. But it does not end there, Dusty’s Aunt Meg ran away at the age of 13 and no one in the family spoke of her except her Grandma, who tells Dusty stories about the outwilds and described it as ‘Aunt Meg living outwilds’. On the other hand Dusty’s father, Billy forbids anyone in the family from talking about her running off. Follow Dusty and her friends Gus and Nico as they adventure into the Outwilds potentially finding her missing Aunt. This intriguing and thrilling story has all, from the mysterious creatures and characters to the magical settings which makes it a great and fun book, although at the start I didn’t find it as interesting. Will Dusty and her friends really find Meg? I would recommend this book to ages 10+, and I’m going to rate this a 4 out of 5!

Reviewed by Malavika, Year 6, Brentwood Park Primary.

Dusty grew up listening to the myths about her aunt Meg exploring her life in the momentous Outwilds. After having enough of being in the shadow of aunt Meg’s disappearance Dusty goes on an adventure to see if the tale of her aunt is reality or just another fantasy story that legend tells on.

This book was so addictive to read as each chapter was like a puzzle; you would collect pieces up until the end where everything started to make sense. What I really admired was how there were multiple rhetorical questions which made you think in the perspective of the different characters and to see how they cooperated through all the events and scenarios in the book. It is also interesting to reflect on the relationships between each of the characters as you can really pick up how they treat and communicate to each other just by seeing the position there in based on the situation they were facing.  All the pictures where so detailed but especially the front cover and I would refer back to the front cover to help develop the image the author had.

I would recommend this book to anyone as it kept me on the edge of my seat with all the adventure as well as mystery. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars rating as this was such a unique book to read.

Reviewed by Asini, Year 6, Brentwood Park Primary.