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Lit Circles - Primary: Captain Mack

About the book

Captain Mack by James Royundefined
'He had big ears and hardly any hair, and Danny thought that he looked like the BFG. But what really caught his attention was the man's black eye patch.'
School's tough when you don't quite fit in and the school bully has picked you as his latest target. And it's especially tough when one of your best friends is an old man who still thinks he is in a POW camp and just wants to go home. Bravery is clearly called for but does Danny have the right stuff? Captain Mack is an advanture about heroes and unlikely friendships.



Genre: Friendship/ Adventure

Themes: Bullying, friendship, veterans, bravery

About the author

undefinedJames Roy was born in country NSW in 1968. When he was very young, his family moved to Papua New Guinea and later to Fiji, where he spent much of his childhood adventuring by day and reading by night. After finishing high school he studied to become a registered nurse, but the urge to tell stories remained strong.

Since his first novel was published in 1996, James has written over twenty books for young people, including the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mack and Billy Mack’s War, several Notable Books in the same awards, and Anonymity Jones, which won the young adult category of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards in 2011. His short story collection Townwas awarded the Ethel Turner Prize in the NSW Premier’s Awards in 2008 and was shortlisted for several other awards, including the prestigious German Youth Literature Prize.

When he isn’t speaking at schools and festivals across Australia and beyond, James lives with his family in a creaky 100-year-old house in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. In his increasingly limited spare time he enjoys music, art and photography.

Image and text from UQP

Extension material

Questions for your circle

1. Danny gets bullied because of a problem he has with his eye. Discuss how this makes you feel. 

2. What is unusual about the friendship between Danny and Captain Mack?

3. Captain Mack thinks his nursing home is a POW camp. What is a POW camp and why does he want to escape? 

4. Explain how the two main characters, Danny and Captain Mack, have helped each other to overcome obstacles. 

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