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Those Eco-Pirate Kids

When a Wellington family sails to Sydney, their twins team up with three  kids on a hired houseboat.

When one of the boys interferes with an illegal fishing net to free some undersized fish, their fun holiday becomes more dramatic than they had expected.

An illustrated multi-layered tale with a sustainability theme that placed it in the top three finalists for the 2015 Environment Award for Children’s Literature .


Paperback edition
15×23 cm
189 pages


The second title in the Those Kids series of environmentally themed stand-alone books centred on two sailing families and written for 9 to 14 year age readers. Constructed with 20-minute chapters suitable for reading aloud by adults to children, and for time-challenged or reluctant readers. Contains high interest material appealing to children interested in outdoor activities including camping, boating and fishing.


‘A complex and well-written tale of friendship and sailing, with a big nod to the tales of Arthur Ransome. This modern-day adventure is as thrilling as those books of older times. A clever and rewarding read.’ ~ Elizabeth Jolley (Editor, North Pole News – Oregon, USA)

‘A highly enjoyable read which packs an emotional punch too. The wonderful relationships that develop between the children and the characters who start out as strangers reminds us of how much of what used to be normal we have lost.’ ~ David Cooper, Scotland

You can view the eBook edition if you prefer.

Meet Kiwi author Jon Tucker Jon Tucker

Jon’s numerous freelance articles and six books reflect the sailing lifestyle he has enjoyed with his wife, Barbara, and their five sons, and his passionate interest in environmental issues. Two of his Those Kids series titles were finalists for the Environmental Award for Children’s Literature.

Find out more about Jon and how to contact him via his author page.


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