Red Edge – Des Hunt

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Twelve-year-old Cassi Whelan and her dad have just moved into a repaired house on the edge of Christchurch’s Red Zone. Although Cassi was only four when earthquakes decimated Christchurch, her memories still haunt her. An obsessive runner, she finds the wide-open spaces of the cleared Red Zone suit her perfectly. However, she becomes suspicious about strange comings and goings at the broken-down house next door. A chance meeting with a boy who lives on the other side of the house who is a tech geek leads to them setting up a surveillance system to investigate what’s happening… and the adventure begins.

Another compelling science-adventure mystery by acclaimed children’s author, Des Hunt.

The Children’s Bookshop Comments:

Red Edge is a gripping read and with Hunt’s experience as a teacher of 40 years, he knows what will get children reading. Hunt’s descriptions of the red zone in Christchurch, as well as the experiences of those that lived through the aftermath, are fantastic. He really taps into the feeling of displacement and upheaval that many went through and approaches it in an age-appropriate way. As usual, Hunt manages to put across the importance of conservation, honesty and respect, without making it seem like he is preaching.

For readers age 9+


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