Nov 11

Book Review: Rapscallion’s Revenge (Ranger in Danger)

Rapscallion's Revenge by Willmore & ReynoldsSummary (Five Mile Press)

You decide your destiny.
You’re off to the top end of Australia in disguise.
Bring on the danger!
Massive crocodiles, hungry sharks, wild pigs and uncharted shipwrecks…
Can you capture the crocodile hunters, before they stalk you?
And who is the mysterious Rapscallion?
Your fate is in your hands.


I still have fond memories of the Choose Your Own Adventure books I read when I was in primary school (about a gazillion years ago).  The thrill of making a choice and facing the consequences and then backtracking if things didn’t turn out quite right was a heady taste of literary power.

The Ranger in Danger series brings this style of ‘Decide your Destiny’ reading into a modern setting. Based on the adventures Sean Willmore, an Australian ranger environmental activist and founder of The Thin Green Line Foundation, the books feature contemporary environmental issues and world settings mixed with the opportunity to interact with the way the story progresses.

Set in Australia, Rapscallion’s Revenge has readers working as an undercover Wildlife Ranger trying to capture a ruthless gang of crocodile hunters in the Northern Territory. From following suspicious strangers at the airport terminal to struggling to survive a death roll with a monster crocodile, readers get to make decisions about how the story unfolds. The book includes a glossary of possibly unfamiliar words including animals featured in the story and indigenous Australian words.

The Ranger in Danger series combines a great environmental message with an exciting story that is different each time you read it. Fantastic for primary school-aged readers, there are currently six books available in the series, each set in a different country. With Christmas just around the corner, they are ideal for Christmas stocking fillers for children with an interest in the environment or a love of adventure stories.

Review copy details
Title: Ranger in Danger #4: Rapscallion’s Revenge
Authors: Sean Willmore, Alison Reynolds
Publisher: Five Mile Press, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-74211-794-2 (166 pages)
Website: Ranger in Danger
Genre: Children’s fiction/novel – adventure, environment

This review is part of the international Green Books Campaign 2010. The Green Books Campaign 2010Ranger in Danger series is printed on paper manufactured from 100% recycled material.

For links to reviews of other Green Books Campaign titles, including more books from the Ranger in Danger series, visit the Eco-Libris Green Books Campaign 2010 homepage.

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  1. Holly

    Great review! We reviewed Erik’s Enigma. This one sounds really good too. My son would love to have the rest of the series.
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Green Books Campaign- Eriks Enigma Ranger in Danger =-.

  2. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting

    I used to love the old choose your own adventure books. I’d read them with fingers and bookmarks between all of the pages in case I made a bad choice!
    .-= Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting´s last blog ..Book news- reviews- and musings 11 Nov 2010 =-.

    1. Susan

      I did that too, Stephanie! Always ready to do a quick back track just in case everything went pear-shaped on the next page. 🙂

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