The other afternoon Father James Tierney phoned for a chat. He told me he's finished a draft copy of a new Bush Boys novel. This is great news for all Bush Boys fans.
Have you heard of the Bush Boys? If you are a young friend of Father Jim's, no doubt you have dressed up in real Bush Boys clothes - loose shorts, a shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbow, thick socks, tough boots and a wide brimmed hat - and pretended to be a Bush Boy, off on a bush adventure.
Bush? Perhaps I'd better start with basics. If you live anywhere but Australia you might not know what bush is. The Australian bush is native forest, typically gum trees. It's beautiful and the ideal place for hiking, camping and having adventures. Of course everyone has to be careful when in the bush. There are 7 Deadly Dangers to avoid when you set off on an adventure. But if you know your ABC of Camping, you won't get into trouble. You'll have a wonderful time in the bush.
When Father Jim was younger he'd organise camping trips for young people in the bush. These days Father is retired from parish duties and no longer travels far from home. But he is still busy. One of his occupations is writing children's novels. Father has written 5 books about the Bush Boys, not including the one he is currently working on.
Who would enjoy the Bush Boys books? Everyone! Both boys and girls seem to like these stories. They could be called living books. Not only are they entertaining adventure stories, they are also packed with information about the bush, camping, flora and fauna, first-aid, safety first...
There is so much I could write about Father and his books but perhaps I'll just give you a few links you can follow if you're interested.
Father James Tierney and His Wonderful Bush Boys Books
The Bush Boys Online blog
And if you've been reading my children's Angels stories recently, you might remember I have written a few stories that feature Father Jim and his Bush Boys books:
The Camping Adventure
Father Brown's News
The Book Launch
While I was chatting to Father Jim the other day, I mentioned I was planning on having a give-away of a couple of his books. He was delighted to hear this. So onto the give-away...
I have two books to give away. Both books contain two full length Bush Boys stories which were originally published as two separate books: Bush Boys and Cuthbert Joins the Bush Boys. The books are real paperback versions and I'm willing to post them anywhere in the world. So the give-away is open to everyone.
To enter the give-away, please leave a short comment to do with camping, Australia or something of that nature. I am having this give-away to promote Father Jim's books rather than my blog, so there is no need to follow my blog or subscribe (but feel welcome to do this if you like my stories.) If you share this post, I will enter you in the give-away a second time. (The more people who hear about the Bush Boys, the better!) Just let me know that you did this.
When's a good time to draw the winner? I'm not sure how long bloggers normally leave between offering a prize and drawing the winners. How about the first Sunday of Advent. That's not far away. Wow! Christmas is creeping closer.
If you don't enter or win this give-away you still might be interested in buying Bush Boys books. They'd make great Christmas presents. They are available from Cardinal Newman Faith Resources in Australia and Catholic Heritage Curricula in the USA.
Here's the book description from the CHC website:
Available for the first time in the U.S.! Straight from the Australian bush come these exciting tales of faith, adventure, and camping fun! Ages 8 and up will bushwalk, cook, and camp with the Bush Boys and take part in their many adventures as they learn about safety, integrity, and obedience. Fr. Tierney, Australian parish priest, wrote these books “to delight the reader with exciting bush adventures, to portray the robust life of a big happy Christian family, and to air the possibilities of home-educating.” Join Greg and Bernie, homeschooled Catholic boys, as they hunt for treasure, rescue a cousin from kidnappers, and deal with snakebites, wild animals, and much more! Lively illustrations accompany each book including handy maps, diagrams, and ABC’s of Camping. Softcover. Too exciting to put down!
So please comment and share. And please check back on December 1st when I'll announce the winners!
Update: Congratulations to Bernice and Joanne, and thank you to everyone who read this post, shared it and left comments. I enjoyed all the camping stories! I hope you'll read my post Bush Boys Books Winners (and a Consolation prize?) even if you didn't win a book.