The Sparrow by Tessa Duder

A powerful new historical novel from one of New Zealand’s best-loved YA authors

An exciting new novel from the author of Alex.

In September 1840, two ships arrive on the shores of the Waitematā Harbour to establish Auckland, the new capital of New Zealand. Among the settlers on board the Platina is young Harry, travelling alone and determined to return to family in England. But the more immediate challenge is finding food and shelter — and hiding the truth about Harry’s real identity and what was left behind in Van Diemen’s Land.

With the current impetus on schools to teach more about Aotearoa New Zealand’s history and the changing history curriculum, this is a pertinent historical novel for early teens to adult readers so is perfect for the school library or classroom.

Categories: Fiction & true stories

Reading Age: 12 years to Adult
RRP: Paperback NZ$22.00
Published by Penguin Random House New Zealand 

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