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Paul Buddee (1913 - 2002) was a teacher, a headmaster, and also a concert flautist, who conducted the ABC music broadcasts. His first children’s book: The Comical Adventures of Oscar and Olga was published in 1943. He did much sterling work with the Children’s Book Council, being on the organising committee for Children’s Book Week, as well as touring schools to promote reading, and converting classrooms and cloakrooms to libraries in schools. He thought there were not enough accessible and popular books for Australian children, so wrote them himself. There are four books in his Ann Rankin series.


Finding the books: reasonably easy to find in Australia; rather less so in the UK.


Links and sources
An obituary of Paul Buddee

Many  thanks to Amanda Dolby her help with the pictures. 



The Anne Rankin series
Ann Rankin and the Boy Who Painted Horses
Ann Rankin and the Great Flood
Ann Rankin and the House on Coolabah Hill
Ann Rankin and the Lost Valley

Paul Buddee

Ann Rankin and the Boy Who Painted Horses
Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973


Ann is out riding with the Murra Wanda Pony Club when they find a boy who has obviously
been crying. They befriend Jim Read, orphaned the year before. As he gets to know them, he
discovers he has a real talent for drawing horses, but he goes too far when he borrows Ann’s
horse at night, and ends up with broken ribs. He recovers, and is asked to draw murals for the
walls of the Pony Club. However, two boys jealous of him frame him for theft, and his murals are
destroyed just before they are due to be unveiled. 



Ann Rankin and the Great Flood
Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973.


The boys of the Murra Wanda Pony Club form an Emergency Search and Rescue Squad,
but they deliberately leave out all the girls. Then Chris Hales teams up with Helen El Shariff
at the gymkhana, and it’s more than Ann Rankin can stand. Then an express is derailed
during a storm, and Chris and Ann have to work side by side to rescue the train passengers
as the dam breaks and the flood waters pour down.  



Ann Rankin and the House on Coolabah Hill
Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973.


Ann Rankin’s secret dream is to live in the House on Coolabah Hill. She’s invited to ride there
with the owner’s daughter, but while she’s there, the shooting starts. The Shar Resurgence
Movement are trying to kidnap the family who live there, the El Shariffs. Ann calls a meeting
of the Murra Wanda Pony Club members to try and track down the terrorists.

 



Other works


The Unwilling Adventurers
 
Brockhampton Press, 1967

Peter Devlin, Buffalo Hunter
Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973

The Remarkable Ramblings of Rupert and Rita
Currawong, Sydney, New South Wales, 1944

Peter Devlin and the Road Bandits
Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973

Peter Devlin Fights for Survival
Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973

Six Comical Stories About Rattigan Rat
Imperial Print Company, Perth, Western Australia, 1947

The Comical Adventures of Osca and Olga : A Tale of Mice in Mouseland
Currawong, Sydney, New South Wales, 1943

The Escape of the Fenians
Longman, Camberwell, Victoria, 1971.

The Mystery of Moma Island
Brockhampton Press, Leicester, England, 1969

Peter Devlin, Range Rider
Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973


Ann Rankin and the Lost Valley
Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973.




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