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Those Sugar Barge Kids

Three children off a yacht in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands meet a pair of alternative lifestyle local kids who live on an old barge in the mangroves.

Before long they become embroiled in a battle of wills with an oyster farmer who is refusing to accept the environmental impact of the plastics he is jettisoning into the inlet.

An illustrated multi-layered tale of relationships, independence and determination, which demonstrates that modern children are able to achieve positive change in the world despite their youthfulness.

Paperback edition
15×23 cm
189 pages


The fourth title in the Those Kids series of environmentally themed stand-alone books 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 boating and outdoor activities. It also contains thought-provoking insights into alternative lifestyles including home-schooling and environmental activism.

Short-listed for the 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.


‘If your children are interested in sailing, wildlife or the environment (or even if you’d like them to be interested in any of those things!) get them this book! And read it yourself.’ ~ Dr Duncan Hall – UK author/reviewer

‘The fourth in a fantastic series of sailing adventure books for children … brilliant books that children will love, with plenty of boating tips subtly included.’ ~ Viki Moore, Yachting New Zealand Director

‘A thoroughly enjoyable read, with its strong female character and great setting. The characters and action kept me engaged throughout. It’s the type of book I’d love to study with my students, as there’s so much discussion that could come out of its many embedded themes including the environment, relationships, alternative lifestyles and growing up.’ ~ Karin Lotte, former Head of English, Papatoetoe College

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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