The Travelling Restaurant
When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow's parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by feisty Polly. Jasper faces challenges, adventures, storms and hungry pirates. Should he go in search ... read full description below.
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In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word 'magic' is forbidden ... When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow's parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by feisty Polly. Jasper faces challenges, adventures, storms and hungry pirates. Should he go in search of his parents, or his lost baby sister? Who should he trust? And why is Lady Gall hunting him?
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Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Junior Fiction 2012.
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Barbara Else is the author of six adult novels and two children's novels. She is best known for her adult novels. Her most recent novel is Wild Latitudes (Random House NZ, 2007). The Warrior Queen (Godwit Publishing NZ, 1995) was sold to Australia, UK (Pan Macmillan) and Germany (Goldmann Verlag), and was a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. She has previously written two novels for children: Tricky Situations (Random House NZ, 1999) and Skitterfoot Leaper (HarperCollins NZ, 1997). She is well-known in New Zealand for editing collections of stories for children; these include Showtime! and Dare and Double-dare (both Random House NZ). Barbara was the 1999 Victoria University Writer in Residence. In 2004 she was awarded a Scholarship in Letters from Creative New Zealand and in 2005 became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to literature. She has an MA(Hons) from New Zealand's Otago University and has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a freelance writer.