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Claw of the Dragon is a historical fiction book written by Patricia Bernard. It is the twenty-third book in the My Australian Story series. The book was originally published in March 2008 and later reissued as Snatched by Pirates in June 2012. It was followed by Atomic Testing by Alan Tucker.

Book description[]

"Billy Shanghai Hamilton has been blackbirded—snatched by pirates in the Torres Strait and forced to work on a pearling boat.
Greed for pearls drives men mad, and the seas are full of danger. Soon Billy is fighting for survival in a dangerous world of assassins, treasure hunters, deep-sea diving, underworld crime and mutiny.
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"The perahu's crew is yelling in Malay for us to stop. Samuel is shouting that they are pirates and that they will rob us. I'm hiding my diary and pencil inside my shirt...
Billy Shanghai Hamilton has been blackbirded—snatched by pirates in the Torres Strait and forced to work on a pearling boat.
Greed for pearls drives men mad, and the seas are full of danger. Soon Billy is fighting for survival in a dangerous world of assassins, treasure hunters, deep-sea diving, underworld crime and mutiny.
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Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of Claw of the Dragon characters

Author[]

Main article: Patricia Bernard

Editions[]

Acknowledgements[]

"Thank you to my editor Mark Macleod and to Di Leitch and Jean Indermaur of Broome Library; Di Emms and Jean Matchett of the Great Lakes Library; the Pigram Brothers for their wonderful, inspiring music lyrics; Marcelle, Shaila and David Morris, my readers; and to Colin Julin and my brilliant Shona and Marcelle for their computer skills, without which I could not survive."

Notes[]

  • The portrait on both editions is a photograph of a boy licensed from Luke Bartholomew Tan Boon Kiat at iStock.
  • The background of the second edition is a photograph titled Pearling boat at sea in North Queensland, 1899.[3]

References[]

See also[]


My Australian Story
Original

A Banner Bold | Plagues and Federation | A Tale of Two Families | Surviving Sydney Cove | The Rum Rebellion
The Yankee Whaler | A Different Sort of Real | Who Am I? | On Board the Boussole | The Bombing of Darwin
Fords and Flying Machines | Snowy | Riding with Thunderbolt | Our Don Bradman | A Marathon of Her Own
Our Enemy, My Friend

1st relaunch

New Gold Mountain | Outback | Cyclone Tracy | Refugee | The Melting Pot | Archer's Melbourne Cup
Claw of the Dragon | Atomic Testing

2nd relaunch

The Hunt for Ned Kelly | The Phar Lap Mystery | My Father's War | Sydney Harbour Bridge | Heroes of Tobruk
Escape from Cockatoo Island | Gallipoli | Kokoda | Convict Girl | Vietnam

3rd relaunch

Black Sunday | Our Race for Reconciliation | Bushfire | Rebellion at Eureka | Castle Hill Rebellion | Six Seconds
The Battle for Victoria Street

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