There, standing in his own backyard, was an animal that belonged in a zoo – or in a mountain forest in China. It was so strange that Louis didn’t think to be afraid.
Louis wants a dog. He dreams of training it to follow his commands. It would soon get used to the sudden jerks and twists that his wheelchair-bound body keeps making. It would be his friend. But Mum says no. That’s nothing to what she would say if she could see the golden monkey standing on the grass just a few metres away from him, in their own backyard. Louis knows it has escaped from a zoo. They are saying it’s too wild to tame, and it will be destroyed if it’s found. Is it possible that Louis can tame the beautiful animal? But how can he – all by himself and from his wheelchair?
Nitty Gritty Novels - Level 0
Reading Level 8-10 years
Rat Island, Stu Duval - ISBN: 9781442541306
Treetop Treasure, Diana Noonan - ISBN: 9781442542600
Cloud Rider,Tina Shaw - ISBN: 9781442541283
Ninth Dragon, Melaina Faranda - ISBN: 9781442541320
Hippo Ears and the Stargazer, Bill Nagelkerke - ISBN: 9781442541344
Come Down, Golden, Diana Noonan - ISBN: 9781442541337
Dog Alert, Alison Lohans ISBN: 9781442541368
Robert the Rat. Norman Bilbrough ISBN: 9781442541313
Big Noise in Town, Tom Bradley - ISBN: 9781442541351
Rocket Shoes, Alison Robertson - ISBN: 9781442541375
Crystal Crescent, John Lockyer - ISBN: 9781442541740
Space Race, Glynne MacLean - ISBN: 9781442541290
Teacher's Guide - ISBN: 9781442543577
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Diana Noonan has published over 100 titles for young people of all ages. Her publications include novels, picture books, short stories, plays and poems. She has also written and directed a short film. Her books have won numerous awards, including the 1994 Aim Children’s Book Award for Best Junior Fiction. She has also had four titles shortlisted for New Zealand children’s literature prizes, and one for the Australian Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature.
Other novels by Diana Noonan in the Nitty Gritty Series include Treetop Treasure (level 0), Flight From Ledron (level 2) and Win! Win! (level 3).