Friday, April 10, 2009

Salt River

Salt River by Elizabeth Hegarty, Scholastic NZ
Winner of the 2008 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a previously unpublished writer, this book is a fascinating combination of history and adventure. Set in the 1920s, it looks at the life of 14-year-old Tom Pook in the remote backwaters of the Kaipara Harbour. Tom lives with his parents and seven brothers and sisters in a one-roomed house where the only access is by boat. Tom doesn’t go to school – he helps his father earn a living by fishing. But Tom wants to leave his home and see the world – how can he possibly achieve this? Well written and well researched, this story is based on the life of a real person. Recommended for readers aged about ten to thirteen.
ISBN 978-1-86943-908-8 RRP $17.99 Teaching notes available
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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