EXTREME ADVENTURES TV SERIES!
Fans of Justin's Extreme Adventures can look forward to the forthcoming TV series, to be screened on Channel Ten in 2013.
Thrills like Grylls.
Ten has commissioned a live-action children's adventure series described as “Bear Grylls for boys”. The series, Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures, is pitched at the under-12 market. It is based on a series of adventure books by Justin D’Ath about a “danger magnet” who tackles wild terrain and ferocious predators.
The series will be filmed in Adelaide for Ten and its partner, German network ZDF. Twenty-six half-hour episodes will be made.
(Sydney Morning Herald, 13 August 2012)
Dinosaur Dreaming was judged winner of the Picture Book Category, selected by young readers, in the Book Links BIG READ Competition.
shortlisted in the Young Adults Category
of the 2008 Victorian Premier's Awards.
"a brilliant book ... dazzling"
Kirsty Murray, judge YA
POOL receives award at CBC 2008!
has recently been declared a Notable Book
for Older Readers at the CBC 2008 Awards.
To find out more about POOL
you can click the image below.
New Extreme Adventures website
launched by Puffin!
Puffin (my publisher) have put together a fantastic
new website for the Extreme Adventures
series. It includes hot-off-the-press info, action packed
games and very cool competitions. The site can be found
Scorpion Sting: Extreme Adventures
Notable Australian Children’s Book – Younger
2007 CBC Awards
Judge’s report: “Brothers
Sam and Nathan’s desert expedition becomes an
extreme adventure when a frightening series of rumblings
and cracks turn into a cave-in. Sam suddenly finds he
has to rescue the brother he has always followed and
admired. He perseveres through scorpions, Min Min lights,
gunfire and hot blinding sand. ‘Holy guacamole!’
D’Ath does this so well and the pace only lets
go long enough for a new menace to appear out of the
desert night. A fun frenetic read.”
Australian Design Awards 2007
Highly Commended, Best Designed Children's Series
- Extreme Adventures (Puffin) designed by Dave Altheim.
Crocodile Attack: Extreme Adventures
Notable Australian Children's Book - Younger Readers
2006 CBC Awards
5th April, 2006
Judge's Report: "Crikey! This first
book in the Extreme Adventures series moves rapidly
through a kidnap by a crim on the run, a car crash,
crocs and a raging river. The writer knows how to grip
a reader: credibility is stretched as far as it can
go, but snaps back with a satisfyingly breathless, action-packed
along by action
Extreme Adventures Series
By Justin D’Ath
I felt some trepidation when I picked up the first
two books in Justin D’Ath’s Extreme
Adventures series. Scanning the back cover of the
first, I was informed that “An action-packed rollercoaster
ride, Crocodile Attack is the first book of
a thrilling new series”, and was instantly overcome
by a crushing lethargy. Once between the covers, I was
surprised and delighted to find pacy and chiselled prose,
cascading streams of plot rushing forward with inexorable
momentum, high excitement and great humour.
The nearest equivalents to these slim volumes are the
uniquely Australian (and almost forgotten) horror novels
of Kenneth Cook, in which a rogue element, say, a giant
pig, or a colossal and malign fish, rises from its surroundings
and inflicts a reign of terror. This is exactly what
happens in Extreme Adventures. Sam Fox, the
14-year-old hero, faces the effects of catastrophic
flooding in Crocodile Attack and in Bushfire
Rescue contends with a terrible conflagration.
The action is precipitated by criminality - a hold-up
in the first, cattle theft in the second. An elemental
force - a giant croc or a mad bull - confronts Sam and,
burdened by either his young niece or by injury, he
will squeak through.
This may sound formulaic. The books’ virtue, however,
is that the velocity of the narrative steamrolls any
such considerations, as the reader leaps from one disaster
into the waiting jaws of the next.
Sydney Morning Herald
29th October 2005