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Those Snake Island Kids

When a Wellington family sails to Tasmania, their twins team up with three local kids camped on an island. A series of misunderstandings leaves them stranded with a crisis on their hands that forces them to dig deep into their personal reserves.

An illustrated multi-layered tale of friendship, calamity and triumph.

Paperback edition
15×23 cm
156 pages


The first title in the Those Kids series of environmentally themed stand-alone books centred on two sailing families. 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.


‘This first book [of the series] reflects the sensitivity to environmental issues you’d expect from a writer who recently sailed with his sons to the windiest place on earth.’ ~ Ann Packer, The Listener (NZ) Jan 2013

 ‘Jon Tucker has written the book which I had always wanted to write but never did. He has done a spanking good job of it too!’ ~ David Bamford, The Arthur Ransome Society, F.S., Feb 2013

‘It is incredibly important to recognise that sometimes kids just want to immerse themselves in a good old-fashioned adventure story. Jon Tucker delivers one with his second book … inspired by true events and places as well as his own life in which he and his wife raised five sons aboard their ketch … An engrossing romp of a read which you don’t have to be young to enjoy.’ ~ Dani Colvin, Sunday Tasmanian

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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