Author(s): Adele Broadbent
Too many secrets, buried for too long. Becs is a sassy 12-year-old drama queen who strikes a bargain with her mother. She'll spend a few months away from home while her new step-family renovates an elegant old house in the country. When it's sold, some of the money will pay her fees at the same private school that all her friends will be attending. But as usual, she hasn't listened properly. They aren't going to live in the old mansion - they'll be in a shack in the bush, with long drops and eight-legged wildlife! Becs is not impressed and makes sure everyone knows it, but she also discovers a secret - a runaway boy living in a tree hut and hunting his food. This is an intriguing and utterly believable story about friendship and old secrets. An engrossing read with a great New Zealand setting.
Adele Broadbent is a new HarperCollins N.Z. author who lives in Napier with her husband and children. An experienced author for the educational market, she has written readers previously but this is her first full-length novel.