Aussie Bites is a series of books for new readers, who are ready to graduate from Aussie Nibbles. They have a suitable number of words per sentence that will slightly stretch children, but not overwhelm them. They have featured many terrific Australian authors over the years, and are favourites with children, teachers and parents.
Haggis McGregor and the night of the skull moon is a new addition to the series, and is written by Fairfield’s own Jen Storer. Jen has had great success in the last year with a short listing in the CBC awards, and the Prime Minister’s literary awards with her book Tensy Farlow and the home for Mislaid Children.
The story is about Haggis, who has been dead many years, and is now a skeleton and who occasionally rides about the village of Dunroamin on his (also dead) horse. He is looking for a wife, and doesn’t really understand why this should be so difficult. The villagers aren’t happy about Haggis roaming around wearing his kilt and wig, waving a sword about, and generally being noisy and frightening. On the night of a full moon, things come to a head, and happily, Haggis finds the girl of his dreams.