New Zealand

Smitty Does a Bunk by Brian Sutton Smith. Price Wilburn, 1961, 1st printing.

Smitty Does a Bunk.

After a disastrous term, the two week holiday stretched before Smitty and his friends... more lively mischief! Follows the beloved Our Street, stories of child life in New Zealand.
NOTE: This book has been SOLD.



The Greenstone Axe by E. M. Ellin / Sutherland, ill. Stockton House, 1975 1st pr

The Greenstone Axe.

The three Archer children are left on their own on the ranch in the Northland of New Zealand. While looking for wild honey, they find a greenstone axe, that ultimately involves them in a war between two rival Maori tribes. Set in the 1850's.



A Southern Cross Fairy Clark, Kate McCosh. KMcC, Atkinson, ill. [1891].

A Southern Cross Fairy Tale.

It is Christmas and summertime in New Zealand, and Santa, as a young man, comes to Cis and Hal with the gift of a wand of love, which allows them to understand and speak to the animals. The children set off on an evening of adventure and dance. Though the people in this book are pretty predictable, the strange vegetation (to those of us thousands of miles away) and the many curious animals of the night, all with distinct characters, make this a fascinating fairy tale. The author has added 4 pages of notes on the different creatures at the end of the book. Note: This Book Has Been SOLD.



The Lonely One.

Bill, orphaned early, goes from Wellington to Wairarapa or the Wydrup, a rough ranching community in the foothills, and makes his way on his own through his persistence and his horsemanship. Vivid scenery and horses.




A children's game in old overgrown ditches (New Zealand underrunners) turns into harsh reality.



Snow in Summer.

Peter Tender's love of animals and long term friendship with zoologist Richard Doran qualified him to join an expedition from New Zealand to Scott Base in the Antarctic. Detailed scientific information.



Light in the Mountain.

An epic of Maori life spanning the lives of two women.



Low Tide.

A realism-fantasy set in a New Zealand, matching modern children with Maori legend.



Passage to Dusky.

A modern holiday adventure set among the sounds and islands of the New Zealand Southland, involving desperate criminals and a boy's search for traces of Captain Cook.



The White Deer.

A possible copy of an Australian book, yet this is a tender story about a little boy on a sheep farm who finds and protects a pregnant white deer. Hard to imagine this plot applied to a cat! We have the sequel: Snow in Summer by F. E. Davy Dickie.



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