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The Boy Fortune Hunters in the South Seas

(A book in the Boy Fortune Hunters series)
A novel by

In this volume the boy fortune hunters take a job running guns from Australia for wealthy Colombians who are planning a revolution. The guns come in handy when they end up run aground during a typhoon on a tropical island full of hostile natives who worship a Pearl God. They have the richest pearl beds in the world and keep them secret by killing anyone who lands there. Fortunately the Columbians have a Louis Bleriot Antoinette biplane in crates below deck. Louis Bleriot was famous in Baum's time because in 1909 he was the first person to fly across the English Channel. Using the biplane to fly themselves in and out of trouble with the local islanders, the boys have life-threatening adventures and stuff their pockets with lovely pearls. The book's leading characters are full of White supremacist attitudes that jar the sensibilities of modern readers. However Baum relates these with an innocence that would be difficult to recreate today. In addition to being an adventure tale for young white boys, the book provides an interesting look into how racial stereotypes were presented at the beginning of the 20th century

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December 1998 : USA Paperback

Title: The Boy Fortune Hunters in the South Seas (The boy fortune hunters series)
Author(s): L Frank Baum, Floyd Akers
ISBN: 0-9644988-8-X / 978-0-9644988-8-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hungry Tiger Press
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