August 24, 2022
‘“You’re my property,” he said, between clenched teeth, “and I’ll dispose of you as I wish.”
Gwenifer is the unwanted child her uncle was made to take in when her mother died. Harry is the village halfwit everyone thinks they have the right to manipulate and exploit. And both of them are people who feel they can never really belong in the judgemental town of Grimblebury.
After an accident and a scandal, Gwen and Harry are forced to leave the village and accompany blind Mother Dorit, the steward’s mother, on a pilgrimage to Ransomwood, the town where a statue of the Holy Mother is rumoured to cry healing tears each day at dawn. Read more
Mrs Jewell and the Wreck of the General Grant
The Cuba Press
July 22, 2022
After immigrating to Australia three years ago, Mary Jewell is on her way back to England with her new husband, Joseph – and a hidden fortune. Sewn into the hems of their clothes is gold from the mines – gold enough to buy them a house and land. They travel on the ship the General Grant with over eighty other passengers and sailors, and for a few days everything seems to be going well. No one discovers their undeclared gold. Read more
Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair
July 22, 2022
Joe is back at it again, still deep undercover as Jürgen Weyl, in Brain Falkner’s third and final book in the Katipo Joe series. Published in 2022 by Scholastic, we join Joseph St George again, this time with even more danger and secrecy. This is the closest that any British spy has gotten to Hitler, and Joe must work hard to maintain this cover, but it won’t be easy! Although Joe has friends who know who he is, that just means there is more of a chance to get discovered. Read more
Quarantine (My New Zealand Story)
June 20, 2022
Quarantine by Philippa Werry was a great book to read and review. It is set in Wellington in 1937. The book is told through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy named Tom. He has three sisters and one brother. The oldest sister is Lily, Tom is the second oldest, Florence (Flo for short) is just younger than Tom, then Johnny, and little Jessie is the youngest.
One day the newspaper reports of a case of infantile paralysis (polio). This was going to be the second infantile paralysis wave, the last one being before Tom was born. Read more
Ideals Are Like Stars
May 6, 2022
Ideals Are Like Stars by Angela Walker is the inspiring true story of Yvette Williams, the first New Zealand woman to ever win a gold medal at the Olympics. Born in 1929 in Dunedin, Yvette was the daughter of a cabinetmaker and a champion highland dancer. From a very early age she loved sport but it wasn’t until her teen years that she began to seriously play herself.
A student at Otago Girls’ High School, she participated in every sport the school had on offer – whether it was netball, basketball or tennis, you’d be sure to find Yvette there. Read more
October 27, 2021
Coastwatcher by David Hill is a gripping war story inspired by the coastwatchers of Operation Pacific. Coastwatchers were the eyes and ears of the Pacific Ocean in World War Two who watched for strange ships and aircrafts, listened into radio activity, and reported any activity back to New Zealand Headquarters. In this book we get a glimpse of what it was like to be a coastwatcher in the war.
It’s 1943 and radio operator Frank Benson is settling into the harsh life of being a soldier when he hears the news that he is to become a coastwatcher along with his pal Wally Ropata and Les Murray, an annoying Australian. Read more