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Awatea's Treasure

By Fraser Smith

Awatea's Treasure

It's the holidays, and Awatea is staying in the country with his grandparents and uncles – next door to Mrs Carol’s house, which is said to be haunted. Awatea’s uncles challenge him to spend a night there, but can he do it? Meantime, they go to stay at the beach, where he meets the Rumbles and their talking parrot, Carrot. Awatea and Carrot go exploring, and Carrot takes Awatea to a hidden tree hut, reveals a secret and treasure and teases Awatea’s uncles. When Awatea returns home, he realises an uncle has set up Mrs Carol’s house to make it seem haunted. So Awatea turns the tables and plays a spooky trick of his own.

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It's the holidays, and Awatea is staying in the country with his grandparents and uncles – next door to Mrs Carol’s house, which is said to be haunted. Awatea’s uncles challenge him to spend a night there, but can he do it? Meantime, they go to stay at the beach, where he meets the Rumbles and their talking parrot, Carrot. Awatea and Carrot go exploring, and Carrot takes Awatea to a hidden tree hut, reveals a secret and treasure and teases Awatea’s uncles. When Awatea returns home, he realises an uncle has set up Mrs Carol’s house to make it seem haunted. So Awatea turns the tables and plays a spooky trick of his own.

Book Reviews

The Sapling, Booksellers NZ, Radio WaateaRNZ, The Country/NZ Herald

Awards

2018 Storylines Notable Books for Junior Fiction
2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Finalist for Best First Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781775502944
  • Dimension: 138 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 120
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 28 Feb 2017

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Last year I edited Awatea's Treasure, by Fraser Smith, which is out later this month. I love what Huia have done with the cover. It's a great little story, very well written, about a haunted house (or is someone playing a prank?). Quite a nostalgic read if you grew up in rural NZ, plenty of "back blocks and jandals".
Sue Copsey, Editor
This book is a great delight to read.Sue Esterman for The Reader
Fraser Smith conjures up a sense of freedom, of exploring a private coastal kingdom that’s intoxicating and slightly feral. A school principal, his debut novel shows he has his target readership of eight to twelve year-olds nailed.Magpies New Zealand
Our tamariki absolutely loved it.Kaingaroa School

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About the Author

Fraser Smith

Fraser Smith is principal of Oturu School in Kaitāia, a Green-Gold Enviroschool where the curriculum is delivered in a hands-on, practical way, supported by the community. The school has beehives, chickens, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and a registered kitchen. Fraser is a keen fisherman and sailor who knows how to live from the resources of the ... Read More