It's the holidays, and Awatea is staying in the country with his grandparents and uncles – next door to Mrs Carol’s house, which is said to be haunted. Awatea’s uncles challenge him to spend a night there, but can he do it?
Meantime, they go to stay at the beach, where he meets the Rumbles and their talking parrot, Carrot. Awatea and Carrot go exploring, and Carrot takes Awatea to a hidden tree hut, reveals a secret and treasure and teases Awatea’s uncles. When Awatea returns home, he realises an uncle has set up Mrs Carol’s house to make it seem haunted. So Awatea turns the tables and plays a spooky trick of his own.
This is the first book in the Awatea series followed by Awatea and the Kawa Gang.
This is the English edition of Te Taonga Huna o Awatea.
February 28, 2017
138 x 210 mm
ISBN (Soft Cover)
"Finalist for Best First Book"
"Notable Book for Junior Fiction"
"This book is a great delight to read."
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This book is a great delight to read.
Awatea, the main character, has been sent to stay with his grandparents and uncles in the country because his dad is not well. The story is set in the far north of New Zealand, and the atmosphere created by Fraser Smith’s writing is very credible and evocative of life in a reasonably remote area.
I was drawn in to this book from the outset. The uncles, prone to fairly rough practical joking, were scarily good and set the scene well for the development of the book.
It has everything – the already mentioned scary uncles, relaxed but firm grandparents, an empty – possibly haunted – house next door, and beaches and forests to explore, neighbours (a long way away) with a nutty parrot and an unseen son. Magic, adventure, what’s not to like?