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.

Written by Jon Tucker

$23.00 incl. GST

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The fourth title in the Those Kids series of environmentally themed stand-alone books written for 9 to 14 year-old 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

Kiwi author Jon TuckerJon Tucker

Find out more about ocean-adventurer and author Jon Tucker on his author page.

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Dimensions23 × 15 cm

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Storm Bay Books


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