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The Yankee Whaler: The Diary of Thomas Morris is a fictional diary written by Deborah Lisson. It is the sixth book in Scholastic Australia's My Australian Story series and was first published in October 2001. The book was reissued as Fremantle Prison Break in March 2013. It was followed by A Different Sort of Real.

Dedication[]

Book description[]

"Thomas Morris thinks something most mysterious is going on in Bunbury where he delivers telegraphs carry cryptic messages and there are strangers in town acting in an oddly inconsistent manner.
In his diary Tom records the exciting adventures he has as he tries to solve the mystery and then finds himself part of an amazing international plot.
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If Captain Anthony and his friends are smugglers surely they would be smuggling stuff into the Colony, yet they were talking about 'taking them off in a whaleboat'. What on earth would you want to smuggle out of Western Australia?
Thomas Morris thinks something most mysterious is going on in Bunbury where he delivers telegraphs: some telegraphs carry cryptic messages and there are strangers in town acting in an odd manner.
In his diary, Tom records the exciting adventures he has as he tries to solve the mystery and finds himself part of an amazing international plot.
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"Tomorrow morning I am going to stowaway on the Catalpa! I had already decided where I was going to hide–in one of those big cannibal pots.
Thomas Morris thinks something very odd is happening in his quiet West Australian town. Some of the telegraphs he delivers contain cryptic messages, and stranger have arrived, acting very mysteriously. Thomas is about to get caught up in one of the most daring escapes in Australian history, one that will take him on adventures he has only dreamed about.
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Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of The Yankee Whaler characters
  • Thomas Morris

Author[]

Main article: Deborah Lisson

Editions[]

Awards[]

  • WA Premier's Book Awards for Children's Book (2001) - winner[4]
  • NSW Premier's Award Young People's History Prize (2002) - short-listed[4]

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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