All The Proud Tribesmen
by Kylie Tennant
Illustrations by Clem Seale
Macmillan, 1972, ISBN 333003381, lightly illustrated with black and white line drawings in text, illustrated frontispiece, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, minor foxing to fore edges and endpapers, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping, discolouration, chipping and insect holes to folds, edges and corners (see photographs)
“The volcanic island of Firecast off the coast of Australia is the scene of the beginning of this exciting story. The islanders, who are mostly pearl-divers and fishermen, are watched over by the indomitable Miss Buchanan, schoolteacher, nurse and friend of the people. The story is told by Kerri, a twelve-year-old native boy whom she is coaching for a scholarship to Queensland. Kerri is anxious to justify her faith in him, but often feels he would rather take part in the exciting life of the pearl-fishers.
But sudden and terrifying events overtake the islanders. An earthquake and a volcanic eruption cause the community to flee from their island home to the ‘ghostly’ island Malu. In the evacuation of Firecrest, and again in the many difficulties which the islanders meet in their new home, Kerri does prove himself, magnificently confirming the promise that his ‘Ama’, Miss Buchanan, has always recognized in him.”