This was kind of amazing but also quite confusing and maybe a little hard to get into… And I’m still not 100% sure what happened in the end. It’s essentially about a teenage boy who falls into his great-grandfather’s story during WWI, after being hit by a bus in the present day. It didn’t really grab me from the outset, and even once I got into it I was still largely reading to find out how he was going to get back to the present day – let’s just say that it didn’t end how I thought it would! I think I’d recommend this, but it’s definitely complex and you’d want to give it to young people who are interested in war, because they do have to work for it, it’s not an easy read. Weird. But good. But Weird.
This was a quick and easy read I picked up off the HHT shelf and was able to get through in just a couple of nights. It’s a fast paced story about two cousins, Huia and River, who become shipwrecked on a fishing expedition and have to walk out of the mountains back to safety. It’s a harrowing journey and they would have been totally lost if it wasn’t for Huia’s knowledge of Maoritanga, which allows them to navigate the land, find food and keep their spirits up. It’s not the most amazing read on the planet, but it might appeal to those looking for a kids against the wild adventure, and there’s certainly a lot to learn in terms of Maori language and traditions; River’s pride in his growing abilities and knowledge is quite wonderful and inspiring.