Sunday, 15 September 2013

Fiction Age 10 up

NZ Writer
Robert MacKinlay
Face the Shadows
Available from the writer  - see below 2013    $19.00pb (plus postage)    185pages
ISBN 978 0 4732 5625 8

Themes: Bullying/ Family stories/ Fires/ NZ 1939 - / Read aloud/ World War II

Robbie Thom is a gentle boy whose big ambition is to save enough money to buy the latest Kodak camera, to  own a decent pair of shoes and to be able to stand up to the school bully. Then the class teacher tells the children about something that has just happened on the other side of the world - Kristallnacht  - yet another indication that World War II is nearly there. And Robbie’s world is about to change dramatically and not only by the impending war but also by a devastating fire and the terrifying presence of the man in the shadows. This makes for exciting reading (I feel it would read aloud well to a class) and gives a genuine image of life in New Zealand around the late 30’s early 40’s.  You are able to order direct from the writer at:    

Year 6 up/ Age 10 up

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