What Happened That Day

The track you’re on can change overnight, as Vinni discovers. Finding a BMX bike stashed in the bush near his home is just the beginning of a rough ride, full of tricks and turns, for Vinni and his family.

Vinni has just started at a new school. His teacher asks him to write about an important day in his life so she can get to know more about Vinni and his writing skills. Vinni explains: “It’s easy to work out what day to write about. It only happened a couple of weeks ago. That was the day when I found the bike. And it was the same day that Mum told me she was leaving. Since then, those two things have got so tangled up together you wouldn’t believe it.”

Vinni begins to write but once he’s started, he decides he wants to tell the whole story, how one thing led to another and another, and everything changed. What happened that day is just the beginning.

Written by Marie Langley

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What Happened That Day was included on the 2008 Storylines Notable Books list and was nominated for the LIANZA book awards in the same year.

The target reader for this book is mainly those who struggle with reading, boys in particular. The reading level, font style, layout and content matter all reflect this. However, this book also appeals to other readers, younger and older, and not just those who find reading a challenge.

Author’s note: “This story was originally picked up for publication by Reed NZ. However, right at the time it was published, Pearson International bought out the Reed catalogue. Reed would have promoted the book directly into schools but Pearson/Penguin/Puffin does not. It would be wonderful to see more schools aware of this book as an option for young readers. A number of teachers have already introduced it to their students where it has been well received. ”

Kiwi author Marie Langley Marie Langley

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Dimensions21 × 13 cm

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