A Friend in Paradise

When Robbie Walker’s father dies of cancer, he takes out his anger on anyone near. In the hope of saving what remains of their family, Robbie’s mother sends him off to spend the summer holidays on Uncle Jim’s farm where his father grew up.

There, in a hidden valley called Paradise, Robbie discovers a new friend – a creature thought extinct for more than a hundred years.

But others also visit Paradise: wildlife thieves whose only interest is to get rich through this new animal.

Soon Robbie is caught up in a dangerous adventure that takes him to the steam fields of White Island volcano – a place where death is always close at hand. Robbie must use all his knowledge, courage and wit to save his new friend… and also himself.

Written by Des Hunt

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A revised and updated edition published in 2018; originally published by HarperCollins in 2002.

About the NZ author

Des HuntFind out more about acclaimed New Zealand author Des Hunt on his author profile.

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Dimensions19.8 × 12.7 × 1.4 cm

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Torea Press

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