William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They’ll have no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company. As far as they’re concerned, this is not a holiday.

A highly readable new pre-teen novel.

by Joy Cowley

“Spirited, warm, intelligent and has sensible and mature messages to impart.” – The Bookbag (UK)

“Hilarious and endearing.” – The NZ Listener 50 Best Children’s Books of 2013, November 2013

“Dry, droll and never dull … rich and deep. This is what our ordinary lives are like. manages to give us pride in ourselves and also makes us laugh at ourselves.” – Judges’ Report, New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, June 2014

  • Winner, NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014, Junior Fiction category
  • Winner, LIANZA Book Awards 2014, Esther Glen Junior Fiction category
  • Storylines Notable Book

Gecko Press | pb | 156 pp | 2013 | 10+

Rights sold: Korean