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The Mystery of the Missing Magnetos (with technical supplement). A novel by Rob Laurent The author of Southern Cross Engines and Leader Trucks - The Australian Challenger has written an exciting adventure story for secondary-school aged readers. The Mystery of the Missing Magnetos is set in an Australian historical museum where old machines, old ways and old values are preserved. Ronnie’s the tractor expert, Tip’s the computer whiz, and Barbie’s the grazier’s daughter. There’s trouble galore when this trio decides to investigate the theft of some valuable magnetos from the Toomaroo Museum. This book is more than a novel. As well as the adventures of the three 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 how the various types of petrol and diesel engines work. They’ll also learn about major Australian firms like Ronaldson-Tippett, Kelly & Lewis, A.H. McDonald, H.V. McKay and Southern Cross. There’s information about several makes of Australian tractors and overseas ones like the Lanz Bulldog and Steiger. There’s even a bit about blacksmithing as well. 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 Mystery of the Missing Magnetos is an A5-size soft cover book of 116 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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