ishmael and the return of the dugongs

 Ishmael joins Scobie, Prindabel, Bill and the Razzman for another year at St Daniel’s, and with his father’s old band reforming and Miss Tarango on a mission to teach love poetry, there’s music and romance in the air. But can Ishmael stand up to school bully, Barry Bagsley, overcome Ishmael Leseur’s Syndrome and win the heart of Kelly Faulkner? Luckily, his best mate Razza – the self-appointed social worker for love – has a ‘wicked plan’.

What could possibly go wrong?

REVIEWS:

There are moments of sheer hilarity and the ending is a triumph. In Bauer’s second story featuring Ishmael Leseur, the dialogue rings true, the characters are finely drawn, and the story-line veers between wisdom and laugh-aloud fun – what more could you ask for? (Magpies)

The equally hilarious sequel to Don’t Call Me Ishmael! (Adelaide Advertiser)

Bauer has another winner with his incredibly entertaining and intelligent dialogue. This book won’t be put down till the last page. (Good Reading)

I’ll be looking forward to the next in the series. This book is a ‘must have’ for any teenager, avid reader or not. ( Yr 9 student review)

EDITIONS:

         

       Australian Edition                  German Edition                        Italian Edition

  

French Edition                                UK Edition

AWARDS & SHORTLISTINGS:

  • CBCA Older Readers NOTABLE BOOK

TEACHERS NOTES: Scholastic Australia

2 Responses to ishmael and the return of the dugongs

  1. Gabbie says:

    This is DEFINITELY my favourite book about Ishmael. I like the story and I’ve borrowed it from the library about a ZILLION times. My friends often have to tell me to be quiet and stop laughing. I like the series because:
    a) no vampires – YAY!!!
    b) it is much more interesting to read about funny things and laugh uncontrollably than sit crying over a constantly depressing plot
    c) I know the area of Ashgrove REALLY well
    d) They are exceptionally well written

    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Gabbie
      Thanks so much! Of course if you’d bought the book a ‘ZILLION TIMES’ I would be a BILLIONAIRE right now, but I don’t think that would have been too practical so I forgive you. So glad you enjoyed Dugongs. It contains some of my favourite bits from the Ishmael series. And I like your reasons for liking the series – a lot! Thanks for taking the time to send such a generous message.
      Cheers
      Michael

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