Readers for Primary School Students by Mavis Thorpe Clark

During the 1980s Mavis Thorpe Clark wrote a number of books for beginning readers, for series including Eureka Treasure Chest, The Mount Gravatt Reading Series and Young Australia.

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Joey

Sydney: Addison-Wesley (The Mount Gravatt Reading Series Level 4), 1980.
24 pages; paperback; 21cm; 21 colour illus. by Joanna McKeown.

"Mum! A kangaroo . . . on the side of the road!"

"Dead, Bill," Joan said. "It's been hit by a car."

"No! I saw it move!"

- Joey (1980) page 2.

Boo to a Goose

Sydney: Addison-Wesley (The Mount Gravatt Reading Series Level 5), 1981.
30 pages; paperback; 21cm; 20 colour illus. by Bruce Riddell.

"The water closed over him, shutting him in, smothering him in that long descent...

His head bobbed out a metre from where he'd jumped in, only to see the rest of the swimmers almost half-way to the finishing line. He struck out after them in a clumsy, untidy, self-taught overarm. He clambered out a bad last. Someone gave him a taunting poke in the ribs as he dripped past."

- Boo to a Goose (1981) page 13.

The Thief Who Came Quietly

Sydney: Addison-Wesley (The Mount Gravatt Reading Series Level 6), 1982.
32 pages; paperback; 21cm; 25 colour illus. by Barry Luks.

"That was when someone clobbered him from behind - hit him with something hard that cracked against his skull, and plunged him into the dark, eddying nothingness. A nothingness that was a gentle, floating mist."

- The Thief Who Came Quietly (1982) page 8.

Phar Lap, Australia's Wonder Horse

Short story included in Feather or Fur (Young Australia series Level 9) edited by Peter Durkin, pages 22-26.
Melbourne: Thomas Nelson, 1982.
64 pages; paperback; 21cm; 21 colour illus. by Joanna McKeown.

"In his first year Phar Lap was not very successful. Then, suddenly, he began winning nearly every race he entered. In eight months he won thirteen races out of fifteen, and came third in the other two. The following year he won fourteen races in a row."

- Feather or Fur (1982) pages 24-25.

Soft Shoe

Melbourne: Martin Educational (Bookshelf Stage 5), 1988.
85 pages; paperback; 19cm; 8 b/w illus. by Ziba Westenberg.

"Kerren saw that the boy was about her own age, with grey eyes and thick straight brown hair. His clothes were dirty as though he'd slept in them on the ground. They were torn in places - not the kind of tear that comes with wearing a hole in an elbow or a knee, but a raggedy tear as though the material had been caught on a nail or sharp bush."

- Soft Shoe (1988) pages 18-19.

Tommy and Phar Lap

Excerpt from Young and Brave: Stories of Nine Steadfast Young Australians included in A Python for a Pet (Eureka Treasure Chest: Stage 5.2) edited by Pat Edwards, pages 50-59.
Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1988.
97 pages; paperback; 24cm; colour illus.

"Tommy felt the rush of air as the shotgun bullets zoomed past him. At the same time Phar Lap leapt again into the air. There was a second blast, another leap. This time the racehorse dragged him from the pony's back. Hanging still to the lead rope, Tommy hit the asphalt. (Phar Lap) surged forward, fear riding him."

- A Python for a Pet (1988) page 53.

Trefoil: Island of Tragedy

Excerpt from Young and Brave: Stories of Nine Steadfast Young Australians included in What, No TV? (Eureka Treasure Chest: Stage 5.3) edited by Pat Edwards, pages 82-94.
Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1988.
97 pages; paperback; 24cm; colour illus.

"One morning they found pieces of wood from the skiff. They knew it was their boat by the colour of the paint and the fact that these pieces of wood looked newer than those that had been long in the water. The younger ones began to cry again, for they realized that what the sea had done to the boat, it had done also to their missing family."

- What, No TV? (1988) page 84.

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Cover of Joey, 1980.

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Cover of Boo to a Goose, 1981.

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Cover of The Thief Who Came Quietly, 1982.

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Cover of Feather or Fur, 1982.

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Cover of Soft Shoe, 1988.

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Cover of A Python for a Pet, 1988.

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Cover of What, No TV?, 1988.