Here's the blurb:
The third day comes a frost... a killing frost.
When hot courage meets icy death, who will win through?
The Third Day, The Frost is the third volume in the award-winning Tomorrow series.
When I was reading it this morning, I was struck by two thoughts.
One is that there are some books that you really shouldn't read the ending before you get to it (yes, I know that a fairy dies every time you do this, but what can I say, I can't help myself!)
The second thing was that I was wondering how certain Australianisms come across to people outside of Australia. For example, there was this whole section about drop bears on pages 14 - 15..
"I hope you know what you are doing, sitting under that tree."
"What for? "
"Well, this time of day, middle of the afternoon, that's when the drop bears get active."
"That's right," the other man said. "Shocking area for drop bears, this."
"I wouldn't sit under that tree for a million dollars," the first man said.
Terrible what those drop bears do. I've seen them take a bloke's face off. Those claws. Gawd, they'd give you the horrors."
"And you never see the one that gets you."
"That's the truth."
"What for, drop bears?" the boy asked.
I'd worked around a bit further, to where I could see his face. He was fidgeting anxiously, but trying to look untroubled.
"You don't know what drop bears are? Fair dink, don't they teach you blokes anything? Fancy sending a bloke to a place like this and not telling him about drop bears."
"They told you about sharks, didn't they?" the second man asked.
"And hoop snakes?"
The boy hesitated. "Hoop snakes, yes," he said after a moment.
"Well, I'll tell you what mate, I'd rather go fifteen rounds with a crocodile than have a drop bear land on my head."
"What for, drop bears?" the boy asked again. He was showing real nervousness now, standing up straighter against the motorbike and with increased alertness in his voice. The men stopped working and spoke to him directly.
"Mate," the first one said, with great seriousness, "it's none of my business if you end up wearing a drop bear for a hat, but if you want to keep that good looking face attached to your head, I wouldn't recommend you spend any more time under trees."
So, anyone know what a drop bear is?