Author(s): Bill Nagelkerke
You won’t be able to avoid the hills forever,’ says Mr James. ‘I know,’ says Elsie. ‘One day I’ll have to go over the Bridle Path again.’
The year is 1884. The place is Lyttelton, a small and bustling harbour town. Elsie is waiting for the fish to bite. She has her reasons for coming down to the waterfront so often, the main one being the memory of the lost boys. She was one of the last to see them alive, and now she is haunted by what happened to them. When the opportunity comes for Elsie to follow in their footsteps over the Bridle Path, and put their ghosts to rest, she doesn’t hesitate. ‘I’ll be careful,’ she says. But no one knows that the weather is about to change for the worse.
For readers 8–13 years.
A former children's librarian, Bill Nagelkerke has written short stories, poems, plays and books for all ages, as well as translating other people's books from Dutch into English. His novel Old Bones (2006) was a Storylines Notable Book and Sitting on the Fence (2007) was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. In 2013 he was awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for a distinguished contribution to New Zealand children's literature and literacy.