A powerful new historical novel from one of New Zealand’s best-loved YA authors.
Bob Docherty, Bob’s Book Blog ~ This historical fiction novel is the best I have read about the European settlement of New Zealand aimed at any level. It is well researched and stresses a fact that is often overlooked by historians – that without the Maori early New Zealand settlement would have been impossible. The Maori provided the settlers with food and shelter without which they would surely have starved. . . . The best book I have read this year and Tessa Duder’s first novel in 20 years. Keep writing Tessa.
Erica Stretton, Aotearoa NZ Review of Books ~ The Sparrow is a dense, committed novel that shines its light strong on the fate of girls and women treated extremely badly in a shameful era of our history. Mistakenly convicted, housed in conditions that wouldn’t meet animal welfare standards today, Harriet perseveres. Her resilience seldom falters, and she is determined to expose the injustices that bring her to Auckland, so she can begin to build her own life. But the reader is left with the feeling that history, in this novel, is the real story, and that trumps all.
About the Kiwi author
Tessa Duder is one of New Zealand’s favourite authors. Find out more on her author page.