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Danger at Devil's Cove - The Adventures of Josephine Mary Cresswell

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Gold Medal Award winner

- excellent reading for 10-14 year olds.

‘Danger at Devils’ Cove’ is a fast moving adventure story for 10-14 year olds, set in the bush and goldmines of the Coromandel Peninsula.
Suddenly orphaned, Josephine Mary Cresswell’s world crumbles. She is thrust into a new environment, moving to live with an aunt who is a virtual stranger.
At her new school Josephine makes friends with Tommy, the son of the local constable, but falls foul of Prudence, the school bully. When Prudence goes missing Josephine and Tommy set off to search for her in an abandoned goldmine and inadvertently stumble across a covert operation leading to a climax at Devil’s Cove.
Facing many challenges, Josephine struggles to choose the right path and in the process comes to better understand who she is.
On the surface, Danger at Devil’s Cove is a rollicking adventure story with ample action to keep the reader’s interest through to the last subtle twist. The more advanced reader may pick up on underlying themes of temptation, choice and consequence.
‘Danger at Devil’s Cove’ is a fictional adventure story set in the 1950s. reflecting the active outdoor lifestyle and history of that era. It also contains some references to early gold mining in the 1850s, and to World War Two. A section at the back of the book provides some background information for the interested reader.

Written by Marilyn J Bakker

Illustrated by Reuben Horn and Pati Ahsue

* Free Teachers' Notes available

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