Koro’s Star

Set in the 1960s, Koro’s Star is a heart-warming, exciting, adventure story.

It’s the beginning of the summer holidays in 1967 when 10-year-old Atama moves with his family into a new army base. His father, Atama’s hero, departs for Vietnam, asking Atama to look after his mum and his younger sister, Maia, while he’s away.

Atama is nervous about making friends at the new camp, so his dad leaves a surprise under his pillow: Koro’s 1939-1945 star medal, handed down to Dad after his own father died during World War II. Atama finds new friends but has to undergo an ‘initiation’ to become part of their club.

Wearing Koro’s medal around his neck, Atama hopes it will give him courage … but is unprepared for what lies ahead, deep in the tunnels beneath the army base.

Written by Claire Aramakutu

$21.99 incl. GST

4 in stock

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Koro’s Star won the 2023 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a junior fiction manuscript.

Through her writing, Kiwi author Claire Aramakutu aims to stir children’s imaginations, encouraging them to set their creative minds free. Her first published series, Loopy Lucy, is a science-based adventure set, loved in many homes and classrooms across the world. At the end of 2021, Claire released her first spooky story, Zombie at Number 56.

Kiwi author Claire Aramakutuclaire-aramakutu

Find out more about Christchurch author Claire Aramakutu on her author page.

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