Maggie Meyer, BIG FOOT ADVENTURES DOWN UNDER
Animal Planet aired a documentary featuring Australian Yowie Research Centre director Rex Gilroy, investigating the strange cryptozoological phenomena taking place in the Lismore region, and implicating the continued existence of prehistoric hominids in modern times. In light of these fascinating occurrences, author Maggie Meyer, with Joan Small, have blended cryptozoology, paleontology and fantasy to craft an exciting tale of Big Foot Adventures Down Under.
When a surfer teen takes up his father's search for the legendary Yowie, the orange-haired bigfoot of Australia, he initially just wants to go back to the beach, before he gets an up close and personal encounter with one of the creatures. The run-in changes everything, and young Kyle recruits the aid of his sibling Jodie, and his friends Dean and Phoebe, to embark on incredible Big Foot Adventures Down Under. In a museum, they also meet a bone-sorting hag, and shapeshifter, named Miss Splendor, and procure from the curator, Roy McGilvary, a map for the cave system under the mountain where magic and mystery abound.
Unbeknownst to Kyle, his little sister Zoe is following them as they go into the cave. This greatly complicates matters, but a series of life-threatening ordeals forces them to press on with their newest and youngest team member. As they go deeper into the primordial catacombs, it seems as though they are also going further back into time, until they emerge in the ancient Wollemi Pine Forest, and find not just Yowies, but dinosaurs as well. Any elation at their incredible discovery is forestalled, however, when an accident scatters the teens, trapping them in the strange environment where they have to struggle to survive amidst the prehistoric beasts and find a way to return to the outside world.
Big Foot Adventures Down Under is an incredible tale of exploration and discovery depicting the exploits of hardy excitement-seeking teens. Shades of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," fans of cryptids and dinosaurs will most definitely find Meyer's novel an entertaining and exhilarating reading experience.
Maggie Meyer has a degree majoring in Political Science and History from the University of New South Wales. She has had a long term interest in anthropology and the origins of early man. On reading about the exploits of Rex and Heather Gilroy, she was inspired to be instrumental in bringing about a book that will lead readers into the lost worlds of Australia's very own Jurassic/Cretaceous past.