A Doubtful Detour

Fiordland has been waiting for them…and you.

Memories of the past call out to those brave enough to dream of an incredible land. Teen twins Seth and Zoe are flung through time once again, returning to the thrilling Fiordland of the past after their secret wish comes true. The siblings find themselves on a private tour of the wonder of Doubtful Sound, following the lead of legendary guide Leslie Murrell through the wild and remote wilderness.

The winding trails of the Wilmot Pass and the dark waters of Deep Cove beckon the young teens to chase their dreams, taking Zoe back to a time where the mighty ocean liner Wanganella is once again moored at Deep Cove, and the power of water becomes industry. Seth’s quest for safety will force him to make a haunting choice, leading him south to the windswept Puysegur Lighthouse, and plunging him into the history of the sea.

Zoe and Seth must steady themselves in the face of great change. For time travellers beware: Fiordland’s promise of adventure is a double-edged sword. In the pursuit of their dreams, these young teens must struggle for their survival deep in the heart of New Zealand’s wild south.

At the edge of the world awaits the adventure of a lifetime – but will the lessons of the past be enough to save them? Only time will tell.

Warning: Hard hat project: No entry beyond this point unless wearing a safety helmet.

Written by Anya Forest

$27.00 incl. GST

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Fiordland Fables – Book 2

A Doubtful Detour is a historical fiction/time travel creative non-fiction book written in chapters. It is set in Fiordland, New Zealand and features illustrations and photos, including some real hunting photos. The story line follows Home from the Homer, but either book can be read as a standalone.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Buyers report they have read the story to younger children. The book also has an adult audience.

When you read A Doubtful Detour, you’ll meet the rifleman bird, kea, kaka, seagulls, an albatross, wapiti, the Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki), kererū, kakapo and a range of other native birds. Because A Doubtful Detour is set in the past, there’s also references to the way the names of many New Zealand animals have changed over time. The largest toothed predator in the world will also fight back, based on a historical account from the whaling barque Sapphire. Hint: You’ll see his tail on the cover (not the kea!).

Read an excerpt from the book.

Kiwi author Anya Forest Anya Forest

Find out more about Anya on her author page.

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Dimensions 22.8 × 15.2 cm

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