Deadly D (Dylan Conlan) feels guilty that he hasn’t told his mum that his secret power has resulted in him playing for the Broncos. But when she does find out, she banishes him to Mount Isa to stay with his Nanna.
Meanwhile Dylan and Justice are being tracked by two creepy clowns named Socks and Jocks and an evil circus Ringmaster who use the Big Top as a cover for their secret underground organisation. Their plans are to harvest the DNA of people with super powers and to create an army of super beings. When the famous Broncos coach Wayne Bennett asks Justice to travel to Mount Isa with him in search of the missing Deadly D, they are both kidnapped by the clowns and threatened unless they lead them to Deadly D. But Dylan and his Nanna are already at the circus, the former in disguise. Can they outwit these criminals? And will Deadly D return to the Broncos, given that he no longer has his shape-shifting power?
This is a very funny and entertaining sports fiction with a science fiction element. The black and white cartoon-like illustrations by Dave Hartley throughout the book add further to the humour. At the back of the book is a brief glossary of some of the words used, short author biographies, and some information about the black&write! project which aims to foster indigenous writing. Deadly D & Justice Jones : the Search was shortlisted for the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Indigenous Children’s Category.
The Deadly D & Justice Jones books target young boys who love sport but may not necessarily be readers. They present a powerful message of self-affirmation for Indigenous children. The creators are Indigenous Rugby League star, Scott Prince, who is from the Kalkadoon People in the Mount Isa region and Indigenous educator, Dave Hartley, whose people are Barunggam, the traditional people of the Darling Downs/Chinchilla region.
Series: Deadly D & Justice Jones no 3