WINNER, Best Young Adult Fiction, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, 2019
Seventeen-year-old Riki is worried about school and the future, but mostly about his girlfriend, Gemma, who has suddenly stopped seeing or texting him. But on his way to see her, he’s hit by a bus and his life radically changes. Riki wakes up one hundred years earlier in Egypt, in 1915, and finds he’s living through his great-great-grandfather’s experiences in the Māori Contingent.
At the same time that Riki tries to make sense of what’s happening and find a way home, we go back in time and read transcripts of interviews Riki’s great-great-grandfather gave in 1975 about his experiences in this war and its impact on their family. Gradually we realise the fates of Riki and his great-great-grandfather are intertwined.
August 17, 2018
138 x 210 mm
ISBN (Soft Cover)
"This book, as well as being entertaining, also presents a lot of insight into what life was like for the soldiers of the Māori contingent."
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This book, as well as being entertaining, also presents a lot of insight into what life was like for the soldiers of the Māori contingent.
Te Ariki is a character that I could relate to better than most characters in books about history. When he goes through history, you also feel like you're living through it, because you've also followed Te Ariki through skipping school, family arguments and girl problems. This is really important to keep readers (especially teenagers) interested in the story, something which isn't usually done in regular history books.