RFDS

RFDS Adventures

A high-octane adventure series for children written in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The RFDS Adventures is a series of exciting stories set in remote parts of Australia. Each story features the activities of Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service.

These books are aimed at mid to upper primary level. Each book is a stand-alone story. They do not need to be read in any particular order.

The covers and internal illustrations are by Maria Pena.

Book 1: Remote Rescue

An isolated location and a last minute complication put this rescue in danger!

Sam, Dawson and Emma are taking a road trip with their dad. On their way up the long Outback Highway they stop to camp at Farina, an old ghost town. The place is full of crumbling buildings – perfect for a game of chasey. But as they run through the ruins, their dad loses his footing. He falls, seriously injuring his leg and it’s up to the kids to find help. Eventually, they manage to call the Royal Flying Doctor Service but the situation is so bad that ten-year old Dawson has to administer First Aid to his dad until the bush ambulance arrives.

RFDS 1: Remote Rescue
ISBN: 9780857988768
Published by Random House Australia in February 2016.

RFDS Book 01_Remote Rescue

Book 2: Emergency Echo

It’s a race against time and the destructive forces of nature!

Twelve-year-old Alice lives in the outback mining town of Mount Magnet. One afternoon, she is struck down with acute appendicitis. To make things worse, the nearest hospital is 200 kilometres away and Alice’s appendix could rupture at any moment. An urgent call is made to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and a plane is despatched. But as a massive storm approaches, the pressure is on for the RFDS to get to Alice and transport her to the hospital before it hits.

RFDS 2: Emergency Echo
ISBN: 9780857988782
Published by Random House Australia in February 2016.

RFDS Book 02_Emergency Echo

Book 3: Medical Mission

The challenges of outback life create a double mission for the RFDS!

In the middle of the night Josh watches as a Royal Flying Doctor Service plane lands on his family’s cattle station, just outside of Coober Pedy. The RFDS are there to help his mother deliver her baby, but after the birth both his mum and the baby need to be taken to hospital. Josh and his dad stay to look after their property and Josh starts organising a fundraiser for the RFDS. His efforts are cut short when he is bitten by a deadly snake – time is now ticking to get Josh the antivenom he needs.

RFDS 3: Medical Mission
ISBN: 9780857988805
Published by Random House Australia in May 2016.

RFDS Book 03_Medical Mission

Book 4: Fast Flight

A chance for a new lease on life means the stakes are high on this flight!

Dillon loves playing cricket and is forever getting in trouble for his messy room. He’s just a normal kid – except for the fact that he has a rare genetic disorder and desperately needs a liver transplant. Finally, the call that Dillon and his family have been waiting for comes. But it’s 12.30 am and Dillon needs to get from his home in Adelaide to the hospital in Melbourne. An urgent flight with the Royal Flying Doctor Service is the only option.

RFDS 4: Fast Flight
ISBN: 9780857988829
Published by Random House Australia in May 2016.

RFDS Book 04_Fast Flight

Picture Book

Meet… the Flying Doctors

Imagine living hundreds of kilometres from the nearest hospital or doctor. Now imagine someone in your family is sick or injured. How would you get life-saving medical help in a hurry? In the early 20th century, Reverend John Flynn saw the potential for aeroplanes to bring urgent medical care to the outback. He campaigned for more than ten years to make his big idea a reality. That big idea became the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

This book is part of the Meet… series of historical picture books.
From Ned Kelly to Nellie Melba; Captain Cook to Sidney Nolan, the Meet… series of picture books tells the exciting stories of the men and women who have shaped Australia’s history.

Meet… The Flying Doctors
ISBN: 9780143780687
Published by Random House Australia in October 2016.

Meet The Flying Doctors

Meet… the Flying Doctors

Imagine living hundreds of kilometres from the nearest hospital or doctor. Now imagine someone in your family is sick or injured. How would you get life-saving medical help in a hurry? In the early 20th century, Reverend John Flynn saw the potential for aeroplanes to bring urgent medical care to the outback. He campaigned for more than ten years to make his big idea a reality. That big idea became the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

This book is part of the Meet… series of historical picture books.
From Ned Kelly to Nellie Melba; Captain Cook to Sidney Nolan, the Meet… series of picture books tells the exciting stories of the men and women who have shaped Australia’s history.

Meet The Flying Doctors

Meet… The Flying Doctors
ISBN: 9780143780687
Published by Random House Australia in October 2016.

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Reviews

  • “It is a rich and rewarding story of success and Ivanoff has managed to cram so much information into just 32 pages while still keeping it personal and connected to its child audience.”

    The Bottom Shelf, 10 Nov 2016
  • “George Ivanoff’s outback adventure series have been written in collaboration with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Part of the purchase proceeds support this valuable aeromedical and primary health care provider.”

    ReadPlus, 11 Feb 2016
  • “The stories are true to life and written in a very accessible way that will suit not-so-strong readers as well as those who are sailing competently through their literary quests.”

    Just So Stories, 6 Feb 2016
  • “Children will love this new series from George Ivanoff that shows the fantastic work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the amazing doctors, nurses and pilots who look after our out-back community.”

    Lamont Books, Feb 2016