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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Chance On Safari: Stock and Station, Book 1 is an historical short story written by Mark Piper and illustrated by Grange Wallis. Ironwood Station was Chance's world. The thirteen-year-old lived with his guardians, Betty and Jim Huskins, on the large sheep farm that Jim had transformed into a hunting lodge and game farm. Chance loved his early morning five-mile bike ride to pick up the mail, and he wondered if any of the letters were actually for him. He relished the rare solitude and early morning glimpses of wildlife. By the time he got back, breakfast would most likely be ready. He could almost taste and smell the freshly baked damper and feel the warm mug of milky tea comforting his damp and chilly hands. It hadn't been raining when he left, but the rains were now fiercely competing with a weak and hazy sun. Home was warm and welcoming as he sat by the pot-bellied stove, his damp clothes steaming in the heat. While he drank his tea, the staff filtered in for breakfast and socialized briefly before setting out again for their tasks. Chance wasn't sure who Bruce, one of the tour guides, was speaking to when he mentioned that he needed a runner. He had always dreamed of being the boy sitting in the front of the truck and running after game for the hunters. Looking up with hope in his eyes, Chance saw that Bruce had chosen him -- he was going to be a runner.
Mark Piper's historical short story, Chance On Safari: Stock and Station, Book 1, grabs the reader from the opening paragraph which introduces Ironwood Station through the eyes of Chance, a thirteen-year-old, and doesn't let up until the last sentence -- and it left me wanting more stories about Chance and his life on an isolated Australian farm turned game ranch. Chance's world is circumscribed by the land, his family and the staff, though his imagination soars on the stories of the visitors who come through and the bits of news he overhears them discussing. Time stood still for me as I watched the dawn come up through Chance's eyes and heard the silence turn into the trilling of insects and songs of birds. Piper has a magical way with words especially when describing nature. Grange Wallis' illustrations fit the story perfectly and provide a focus for the world of imagination taking form before the reader's eyes. Chance's actual safari is a harrowing experience and one can’t help but feel for the disillusioned boy as he endures first a dismal, wet and itchy ride and then finds himself in a life-threatening situation. Chance on Safari: Stock and Station, Book 1 is a promising start to what could be an exceptional coming-of-age series. It’s most highly recommended.