Children Of The Rush (Book 1)

It’s 1861, and gold fever is sweeping New Zealand. Otherwise sensible adults have gone mad and will do anything to get their hands on the precious metal.

But two children have been caught up in the rush.

Michael and Atarangi couldn’t be more different, but they share one thing: each has a remarkable and magical talent.

Circumstances conspire to bring the children together in the remote and inhospitable goldfields, and they’re thrust into a world where lawlessness, greed, and cruelty reign.

When the children find out that a cut-throat gang stalks the goldfields, preying upon the innocent, they have a choice to make: turn a blind eye, or fight back?

Written by James Russell

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A Storylines Notable Book 2022.

Age recommendation: 7-12 years

“Gritty, thrilling, and yet beautiful. I loved this, and you will too!” ~ Weng Wai Chan, author of Lizard’s Tale, winner of the NZ Junior Fiction Award

“Rich characters and nail-biting action, with a sprinkling of fantasy. There’s gold in this here book!” ~ Tom E. Moffatt, award-winning author of books and jokes for kids

“A terrific addition to New Zealand stories.” ~ Joan Mackenzie, head book buyer, Whitcoulls

It makes for a satisfying story where the characters are well developed and the chaos of 1860s, on the Otago goldfields, is well described for middle grade readers aged 8 – 13. Russell seamlessly incorporates te reo and te ao Māori elements as well as flagging how difficult life was for those miners who came from China hoping to strike it lucky. It gives more of a contemporary feel to what is well written and researched historical fiction. The ending did feel a little too ‘happily ever after’ for the time the story takes place in, but further adventure isn’t far away with book two coming next year. I’ll look forward to it.” ~ Dionne Christian, Kete Books.
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Kiwi author James RussellJames Russell

Find out more about best-selling children’s book author James Russell, from Auckland on his author page.

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Dimensions20.3 × 13 cm

Paperback edition

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Dragon Brothers Books


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