A Definitely Different Summer

When 12-year-old Kathleen O’Donnell (known as Cricket) and her parents head to uninhabited Jacob’s Island for the whole summer holidays, Cricket fears she is going to be bored out of her mind.

No other kids mean no one to play with, and no power means no technology!

Instead she discovers a tragic shipwreck tale behind the naming of the island, and that the island is potentially haunted by the ghost of Jacob.

Based on a real shipwreck, the Tararua, which claimed the lives of 131 people in 1881.

Written by Elizabeth Pulford

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This junior mystery/adventure fiction from a talented children’s writer weaves in NZ history with contemporary themes: A kid dealing with the boredom of school holidays, discovers outdoor adventure, mystery and unexpected friendship.

About the Kiwi author

Elizabeth PulfordElizabeth Pulford was born in Canada to a Ukrainian father and a New Zealand mother. She lives in Dunedin and, after a varied career and raising her own family, she’s now published more than 60 books for children, from early readers through to YA; plus one adult’s novel. Many of her adult short stories have won competitions, while four of her children’s books, The Memory Tree (Scholastic NZ), Call of the Cruins (Scholastic NZ), Tussock (Walker Books Australia) and Finding Monkey Moon (Walker Books Australia & Candlewick USA) reached the finals of the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards. She has always loved books and cannot imagine life without them.

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Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 cm

Paperback edition



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Published by

Bateman Books

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