First chapter – Those Sugar-Barge Kids

Kiwi author Jon Tucker draws on his real life experience as a sailor and parent who sailed with his children to many parts of the world in creating the Those Kids series.

Jon shares the first three chapters of Those Sugar-Barge Kids for followers of The Kiwi Kids’ Bookstore. We hope you enjoy reading this sample of Jon’s wonderful sailing adventure during Kiwi Middle Fiction Month at The Kiwi Kids’ Bookstore.

Three children off a yacht in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands meet a pair of alternative lifestyle local kids who live on an old barge in the mangroves.

Before long they become embroiled in a battle of wills with an oyster farmer who is refusing to accept the environmental impact of the plastics he is jettisoning into the inlet.

An illustrated multi-layered tale of relationships, independence and determination, which demonstrates that modern children are able to achieve positive change in the world despite their youthfulness.

If you enjoyed the Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome as a child, you’ll these books are inspired by the same love of adventure, friendship and our oceans.

All five sailing adventures by Jon Tucker are available as paperbacks from The Kiwi Kids’ Bookstore.