Ned Kelly was a thief, a bank robber and a murderer. Yet he defended the rights of people who had no power. Carole Wilkinson's blend of fact and fiction puts kids aged 10 and over in Ned Kelly's shoes. Black Snake enables them to explore Ned Kelly's legend and decide for themselves - was he a villian or a hero?
Part of the award-winning Young Adult non-fiction series, The Drum.
"Everyone looks on me like a black snake." - Letter from Ned Kelly to Sergeant Babington, July 1870.
Ned Kelly was a thief, a bank robber and a murderer. He was in trouble with the law from the age of 12. He stole hundreds of horses and cattle. He robbed two banks. He killed three men. Yet, when Ned was sentenced to death, thousands of people rallied to save his life. He stood up to the authorities and fought for what he believed in. He defended the rights of people who had no power. Was he a villain? Or a hero? What do you think?
Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning and much loved author of books for children. She has a long-standing fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Though Carole has written over 30 books, she did not write her first book until she was nearly 40. Before that she had worked as a laboratory assistant and as a film and television writer and editor.
Carole Wilkinson has the rare ability to bring the past to life. Magpies
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