On the Edge by Linley Jones, produced by AM Publishing New Zealand
To order copies of this junior novel email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s indie published, and on first look I was impressed by the production and the quality control that’s gone into it. The cover picture is eye-catching with its bright colours, clean lines, and New Zealand flavour. The editing, proofreading and design layout have been done to a professional level by Adrienne Morris. The author has had two previous books published (one was Making Waves, published by Scholastic NZ) and it was useful to see these listed on the back of the title page. It’s a fast-moving adventure story for intermediate-aged readers, and there’s a lot going on. Bullying, coping with physical fear, family problems, cultural differences, environmental issues, and crime involving the smuggling of rare orchids ... twelve-year old Brady has much to overcome. The plot races to an exciting climax where Brady has to face his fears and rescue the boy who was bullying him. It’s a hearty read, particularly for boys who like a bit of a challenge.
ISBN 978 0 9922628 3 9 $20 Pb
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman