The Fighting Stingrays

Winner of the 2018 NSW Premier's Young People’s History Prize.

What would you do if you were told your best friend was now the enemy?

Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates. Loyal and adventurous, they’re The Fighting Stingrays.

In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. But when Japan enters World War II, the Fighting Stingrays are told that one of their own is now the real-life enemy.

Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

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"The Fighting Stingrays is more than a ripping yarn. It offers readers a vivid snapshot of the Torres Strait during the war. Mitchell deftly captures the inter-ethnic and class relationships on Thursday Island, a town where Aboriginal, Asian and European people are often segregated. His characters come to question the differential treatment of these groups while deepening their bonds of friendship and prevailing over adversity."– NSW Premier's History Awards

"A truly thrilling story of escape and survival, with subterfuge, near-misses, intense action and plenty of humour...a highly recommended read for ages 9+." – Readings Books

“The author captures the feel of imminent invasion perfectly – as well as the casual, but deeply entrenched racism of the times. This is a riveting yarn about fortitude, survival and loyalty for upper primary aged readers.” – Magpies

"...a ripping yarn – a real Boys’ Own adventure...This is a great read and has it all; suspense, drama, danger, initiative and courage." – Just So Stories

"Full of fascinating history and issues of the time, at its heart this is a tale of adventure and friendship between the three mates. Close calls and great escapes are the winning ingredients here." – Kidzone Magazine

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