Wedgetail is the story of Andy s struggle to save its life, to nurse it and feed it, to protect it from danger and finally to watch it grow into a proud and beautiful eagle. The boy and the bird from a bond so deep that they understand each other instinctively.Andy is afraid of George Rumble, the moody farmer next door, who is cetrtian that the wedgetails are carrying away his new-born lambs. He threatens to shoot them on sight. Fortunately this doesn t happen, but Andy is heartbroken when he is forced to release his bird into the wild. In the end it returns to him, but only after a terrible tragedy that changes his life for ever.Wedgetail has a strong conservation theme. Like many of his stories, it illustrates Colin Thiele s concern for wildlife and love of natural creatures like the wedgetail. Along the way it tells us much about the power, grace and beauty of this mighty bird.
Australia s most distinguished writer for children, Colin Thiele has written over 100 books in a career spanning more than half a century. His books include the multi-award-wining Storm Boy, The Sun on the Stubble and Blue Fin, and have won numerous Australian and international awards. Many have also been made into classic films, TV series, plays and picture books. His previous Lothian books was Swan Song in the Takeaways list.