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The Ghosts of Tarawera

On holiday near Rotorua, Joe and Eddie are fascinated by the area’s bubbling mud pols and boiling geyers.

Local volcanologist Rocky tells them about the Pink and White Terraces that existed on the lake where they’re staying, and how they were destroyed in the cataclysmic 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. But Joe’s fascination turns to unease when strange sightings on the lake and dark rumblings from the Earth hint that the volcano is reawakening.

Can he persuade Rocky, who puts his faith only in science, to sound a warning? The past reaches out to touch the present in this spooky adventure story.

Paperback edition
236 pages

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$20.00 inc. GST


A stand alone junior fiction, this is the second in Sue Copsey’s series of adventure stories set in New Zealand’s spookiest spots. Suitable for children aged 8 and upwards.

* Storylines Notable Book Award, 2016

* Included in Libraries Aotearoa Hall of Fame for junior fiction

* ‘Best Books for Christmas’ – NZ Herald 2016, Canvas Mag


“Sue Copsey skilfully gives readers a history and geography lesson while presenting an engaging tale.” – Canvas Magazine, New Zealand Herald

“The characters are well-drawn, and their realistic interactions give depth to the exciting, fast-paced narrative. The ghosts, while not of the frightening variety, add a certain frisson to the story, as well as being grounded in a fascinating and dramatic period of New Zealand history.” – Magpies magazine

Sue Copsey author Meet Kiwi author Sue Copsey

Sue Copsey is an award-winning writer of ghost and magical adventure stories for children. She was a senior editor at Dorling Kindersley in London before moving to New Zealand, where she now works as a freelance writer and editor.

Her books The Ghosts of Tarawera and Our Children Aotearoa received Notable Book Awards from the Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand, and Children Just Like Me won the UK Times Educational Supplement award for best children’s non-fiction.

Sue also writes adult fiction under the pseudonym Olivia Hayfield. Her novels are published internationally by Hachette and Penguin Random House. She has two children and lives in Auckland.

Find out more about Sue on her author page.


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