The Smuggler's Curse


Red Read’s life takes a surprising – and alarming – turn when
his mother sells him to an infamous smuggler plying his trade
off the north-west coast of Australia in the closing days of
the 19th century. From terrifying encounters with cut-throat
pirates to battling the forces of nature in a tropical typhoon,
from dining with head-hunting guerrillas to making meals of
monkey stew, Red is in for a hair-raising adventure that may
cost him his life.

Publisher: Fremantle Press


Shortlisted WAYRBA 2016

Winner, The WA Young Readers' Book Award 2017

This exciting, refreshingly politically incorrect tale … of smuggling, pirating and general blood-thirsty adventuring … is a thrilling, old-fashioned highly satisfying “blood and guts” Boys’ Own adventure.


A frightening and exhilarating adventure aboard The Black Dragon.

Cockburn Gazette

Jam packed with action and adventure

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