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The Clue of the Hickory Handle (with technical supplement). A novel by Rob Laurent This is the second Toomaroo Museum adventure story for secondary-school aged readers. Ronnie & Tip from Toomaroo Museum, along with Barbie, the Grazier’s daughter and Wendy, the cowgirl, stir up a hornet’s nest when they link the mysterious disappearance of a champion axeman to a 30-year-old train robbery. This book is more than a novel. As well as the adventures of the four kids there’s also a technical supplement that gives readers the opportunity to learn about many of the machines and manufacturers that feature in the story. Here they can find out about Caterpillar crawler tractors; the huge Electro-Motive engines that drive diesel-electric railway locomotives; Fiat tractors and other products made by this major Italian firm; Bob LeTourneau and his unique earthmoving machines; Don Hargans and his buzz saws that were widely used before chain saws became readily available; the exciting sport of competition woodchopping; the process of sawmilling; milking machines and their use on dairy farms; and the Baltic Simplex Company that once supplied much of the equipment used on dairy farms. The book’s combination of entertainment and knowledge is intended to introduce readers to the fascinating world of old machinery and to encourage interest in the achievements of past generations. Parents or grandparents with an interest in things mechanical will find this book an ideal gift for their children or grandchildren. The Clue of the Hickory Handle is an A5-size soft cover book of 136 pages. It’s printed on quality paper with section-sewn pages that won’t fall out. The price has been kept to a minimum to make it affordable to everyone. The cost of the book (including postage within Australia) is $12.50.    
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