Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Book Spotlight - Gunnedah Hero by Clancy Tucker

Gunnedah Hero

Fourteen-year-old Gunnedah ‘Gunnie’ Danson has a 500-word assignment on drought. His late
grandfather has left him a box containing a manuscript. It’s been written by Gunnie’s
great-great-grandfather, Smokey ‘Gun’ Danson after his journey up the long paddock
during a harsh drought as a fourteen-year-old drover in 1910. At the back of the manuscript
is an envelope. It’s NOT to be opened until Gunnie has read the entire story.

Gunnie spends the weekend at Wiralee Station; a cattle station that’s been in the family since 1848. There, he reads the awesome manuscript and learns of Smokey’s adventurous journey. Gunnie overhears several secretive conversations. His snobby Aunty Kate wants to divorce his uncle and sell Wiralee Station. He finishes the manuscript and opens the mysterious envelope. Will it legally prevent his aunt from selling Wiralee Station?

About the Author
Clancy Tucker writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers but has also achieved success as a poet and photographer. Clancy has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, has photography accepted and published in books in the USA (Innocent Dreams, Endless Journeys & A Trip Down Memory Lane), used as covers for magazines (‘The Australian Writer’ - 2008 & ‘Victorian Writer - 2008), has work registered with the International Library of Photography, published in literary magazines and he’s written
more than 140 short stories.

Clancy’s been short-listed, ‘Commended’ and ‘Highly Commended’ in writing contests: 2006, 2007& 2011 National Literary Awards, Raspberry & Vine (twice), Positive words, Australian Writers On-Line, Shaggy Sheep Tale, The Cancer Council Arts Awards (2005 & 2008), The Dusty Swag Awards (2010) and had ten short stories published in literary magazines (Page Seventeen, Branching Out & Positive Words),
newspapers (The Standard, Mountain Views & The Advocate), written articles for Kid Magazine in the USA and won a poetry prize to name a life-size statue designed by renowned Belgian sculptor, Bruno Torfs.

In 2010, Clancy was awarded a two-week mentorship by the National Education & Employment Foundation. He is a full time writer but has been a speechwriter, public servant, farmer and small business operator. Clancy teaches students in the University of the Third Age (U3A), worked with street kids and draws on life’s experiences to write entertaining stories for kids. ‘Gunnedah Hero’ has been published as a paperback and also in eBook format via This book has won two
awards in the National Literary Awards: ‘Highly Commended’ in the FAW Jim Hamilton Award – 2007 and ‘Commended’ in the Christina Stead Award – 2011. It also has a seal of approval from – having been passed by three peer judges.

Clancy is about to publish his next book, ‘Pa Joe’s Place’. It is the powerful story about Boo, a seven-year-old girl he met in 1973 in Thailand. The sequel to ‘Gunnedah Hero’ will be published soon after – ‘A Drover’s Blanket’. His website is quite fascinating: Clancy also writes a daily blog which includes top guests from around the world: human rights lawyers, authors, illustrators, senior diplomats, young adults and many more: Check it out.

1 comment:

  1. Sienna,

    Thank you for supporting other writers.

    Love ya work!



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