Children Of The Rush

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It’s 1861, and gold fever is sweeping New Zealand. Otherwise sensible adults have gone mad and will do anything to get their hands on the precious metal.

But two children have been caught up in the rush.

Michael and Atarangi couldn’t be more different, but they share one thing: each has a remarkable and magical talent.

Circumstances conspire to bring the children together in the remote and inhospitable goldfields, and they’re thrust into a world where lawlessness, greed, and cruelty reign.

When the children find out that a cut-throat gang stalks the goldfields, preying upon the innocent, they have a choice to make: turn a blind eye, or fight back?


“Gritty, thrilling, and yet beautiful. I loved this, and you will too!” – Weng Wai Chan, author of Lizard’s Tale, winner of the NZ Junior Fiction Award

“Rich characters and nail-biting action, with a sprinkling of fantasy. There’s gold in this here book!” – Tom E. Moffatt, award-winning author of books and jokes for kids

“Terrific!” – Joan Mackenzie, head book buyer, Whitcoulls


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