Four New Stories: Read an Extract from Ginger Meggs by Tristan Bancks and Jason Chatfield

Four New Stories: Read an Extract from Ginger Meggs by Tristan Bancks and Jason Chatfield


GINGER AND BENNY SCREAM down the hill. Ginger squints against the wind, and Benny’s ears flick and flap in the air. The squeaky wheels on their billycart turn so fast on the dirt track that they could melt at any moment. It’s the fastest the two best mates have ever been. The fastest anyone’s ever been. Probably, Ginger grips the rope tight. He can feel benny, in the backseat, gripping him tight. Their knuckles are white. But they’re doing it. They’re really doing it.

‘Coogan’s not the only one who can survive Dead Man’s Hill!’ Ginger calls to Benny.

Eddie Coogan – the sneakiest, cunningest, possibly richest kid in town. He said he rose all the way down Dead Man’s Hill last Sunday, but he has no proof. So Ginger and Benny built their own billycart out of stuff from Ginger’s backyard. The frame is made of recycled wood from Mike’s kennel. Back wheels borrowed from his little brother Dudley’s pram. Steering rope from Mum’s clothes line. Front wheels from the wheelie bin, which Ginger can’t imagine Dad being too happy about. But here they are, speeding towards their destiny as local as local celebrities. Ginger can already imagine the look on Coogan’s face when he hears the news.

‘You still filming?’ he calls to Benny, his voice trembling from the rough, rocky hill.

‘Yep!’ Benny shouts into Ginger’s ear. ‘Hey, Ginge.’

‘Yeah, Benny?’


Ginger sees it just in time. He tugs the rope with his left hand and steers around the hole like an expert.

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Publisher details

Ginger Meggs
Jason Chatfield, Tristan Bancks
Puffin Books
Children’s Fiction
04 May, 2021


Four fresh stories to celebrate the one and only Ginger Meggs! Celebrating 100 years of the iconic character and Aussie legend Ginger Meggs, these four brand new and original stories are written by Tristan Bancks, the great-great nephew of creator Jimmy Bancks, and illustrated in full colour by the current Ginger Meggs comic-strip cartoonist, Jason Chatfield. Kids and grown-ups alike will revel in the rambunctious adventures and comical capers of the ginger kid who never gets old.
Jason Chatfield
About the author

Jason Chatfield

Jason Chatfield is an Australian cartoonist and illustrator based in New York. His work has been published in magazines and online, and in books published by Penguin Random House and Harper Collins. He is a past President of the Australian Cartoonists Association (Est. 1924) and the current President of the National Cartoonists’ Society (Est. 1946) and an internationally syndicated cartoonist, writing and drawing the iconic comic strip Ginger Meggs which is published daily in 34 countries.

Books by Jason Chatfield

Tristan Bancks
About the author

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention and the Tom Weekly series. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Fall was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Tristan’s books have also been recognised in multiple children’s choice awards. Tristan is a writer-ambassador for literacy charity Room to Read. He is currently working with producers to develop several of his books for the screen. He’s excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can find out more about Tristan’s books, play games, watch videos, chat to the author and help him try to change the world at

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