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Those Seal Rock Kids

When a group of young sailing friends are allowed to camp in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, they discover an injured seal in need of attention.

Meanwhile they are joined by a pair of local Maori youngsters who bring cultural insights as well as a fresh set of challenges.

An uplifting illustrated tale of resilience and determination, which explores the issues of supervision and institutional discrimination while demonstrating the value of compassion and friendship.

Paperback edition
15×23 cm
189 pages


The fifth 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. It also contains thought-provoking insights into the issue of independence and responsibility while introducing traditional Maori kai moana conservation practices.


‘I am in year 6 at Riverhead School and I absolutely LOVE Jon Tucker’s ‘Those Kids’ book series. His books are easy-going reading, with intriguing plot ideas and fun, unique, detailed, characters. They are wonderful, and they keep me so entertained! In fact, I think I have read each of them at least 5 times! 

‘I always go to the book store to see what is coming out of his next. My favourite characters in the series are Jess, Tania, Fin, Jake and Zac. You may have realised that those are most of the characters in his books, but that is because they are so good that you never want to put the book down! I also especially love that Jon Tucker’s books are based around New Zealand and Australia’s landmarks, and how the environmental impact of our actions are essential to the plot.’ ~ May Kelly (Riverhead School, Auckland, NZ)

‘Those Seal Rock Kids takes the reader on another journey exploring cultural, conservation and maritime themes. Once begun, the reader becomes immersed in the kids latest adventure and you will experience their fun, frustration, feelings of injustice and happiness, too. Jon is a master story-teller and the books educate and inspire; leaving you to wonder what “Those Kids” will get up to next.’ ~ Julie Porter, Hobart

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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