My adventures, inspired by my somewhat unusual geography teacher, have taken me all over the world. Once I finished my formal education I couldn’t wait to go and explore all the places that Beatrice had taught me about. Everywhere I go my mission is not just to look, but to learn as much as possible.

During my travels so many people have asked me where I come from. When I say Australia they look puzzled. Then light dawns – oh ‘Orstria’ they say, that little country near Italy.

Australia is the world’s sixth largest country. It is isolated from the six other continents or large land masses. Because of this its plant and animal  life are unique – found nowhere else in the world.

No guys, you’re 14 000 km off target! Try right down at the bottom of the world, ‘Down Under’. Yes, there is a country down there! Australia is the world’s sixth biggest country, with so many special places. And you’ve never heard of it!

Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island
Unique animal life such as this lizard known as a goanna

The world is an endless place of wonderful things to explore, experience and learn about. Yet, so many people know so little about it. How can we live in the world without knowing basic things about it? What about you? How much do you know about this planet?

The world of nature and all its mysteries
Photo by David Clode for Unsplash
Beautiful landscapes and scenery
A world full of fascinating cultures, some dating back thousands of years

Through The Pobblebonk Earth Detective Club I wish to open children’s eyes about the world they live in, beginning with Australia. So I ask them – what do you want be – Earth Ignoramuses or savvy Earth Detectives?

Many kids, and even adults see learning as challenging, unnecessary and boring. My book is designed to make learning a fun process, thereby inspiring a life-long love of learning, and of interest in the world. To achieve this I have written a blend of fiction and fact.

To begin with the book contains strong humour, gross facts (that always appeal to kids), drama, adventure and unusual situations involving three children who go to live on their granny’s farm and discover the fascinating world of nature. 

Sue Baker