The book Return to Mandurra is about responsibility and priorities. Sarah is resting under a tree after her return from hospital. She is upset by the news that her horse must be sold, because her parents need money to buy food and pay bills. She closes her eyes and suddenly is back in 1910 in the burning stable. Tom pulls her to safety but the feed for the remaining cattle is burned up with the barn.
Because of the drought conditions, there is no money to buy more feed or to rebuild the stable. Tom enters a horse race to try to win the prize money but on the day of the race he is unable to ride. Sarah rides in his place and wins the race and the prize money. On the way home, Sarah is thrown from her horse. She wakes up back in the present day to find that her father has found a job and doesn't need to sell her horse.
About this series:
Highlights is a series of original works of fiction aimed at students aged 10-15 years who are reading below level.
The stories are specifically written for this audience, with each author writing three stories to create a mini-series, thus encouraging the reader to want to read more. Each mini-series is in the same genre. Highlights covers different genres, helping readers to learn the language associated with the genre.
Each book is supported by full colour ‘manga style’ illustrations to reinforce and supplement the text. Every right hand page is a full colour illustration to accompany the text and assist comprehension. The stories are dynamic and use a variety of dramatic devices, including changes of perspective and variations of cell size and shape.
Available in audio CD to support each short novel from the Highlights set 1 are Adventure Trilogy, Mystery Trilogy and Fantasy Trilogy.