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Night of the Riot

Night of the Riot

Did you ever try to do what you thought was the right thing, but ended up getting into big trouble? I did. It was on the night of the riot.

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ISBN 9780473406141
Barcode 9780473406141
Published 8 August 2017 by NZ / SP Author Self Published
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Elliott, Matt
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ISBN-13 9780473406141
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Status Showing available from publisher, allow 2-4 weeks for delivery
Publisher NZ / SP Author Self Published
Publication Date 8 August 2017
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Elliott, Matt
Category Historical Fiction
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 155
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 177mm
Weight 130g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Did you ever try to do what you thought was the right thing, but ended up getting into big trouble? I did. It was on the night of the riot.
'Snow' Goodison works in Wanganui as an errand boy for German pork butcher, Mr Schmidt. He has a care-free life, playing football and collecting cigarette cards. But in May 1915, the passenger liner Lusitania is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine. Shocked by this horror, a group of Wanganui citizens lead a patriotic march to Mr Schmidt's shop. It is attacked and looted. Snow was seen outside the shop during the trouble and is accused of being involved in the riot. Would he do such a thing?
Based on an actual event, Night of the Riot is the riveting story of a 14-year old boy learning about his place in the world and standing up for what he thinks is right.
Themes include: cultural identity and difference; loyalty, friendship and personal responsibility; definitions of 'home'; emigration.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This delightful novel follows James 'Snow' Goodison from his childhood on a farm to his defining coming of age moment in the Wanganui anti-German riots of 1915. Snow becomes a shop assistant for a German butcher, and this relationship allows him to grow as a person. He learns some hard truths about the world when the shop is looted by rioters caught up in patriotic madness.

The text scatters a range of carefully selected details to breathe life and context to the story, such as a tour by the Australian Rugby team and the introduction of the first Ford Model T cars to the town. These details will immerse the younger reader without suffocating them. This is a novel with a historical setting, rather than a historical novel, and the characters remain central.

The earnest, upbeat tone of the text will hook young readers in. The book itself is physically on the small side, with large font, making it a very accessible text. Reluctant readers will really enjoy reading this as the pages and chapters fly by in a whimsical blur. I have no doubt that anybody reading the opening will go on to read the entire text. - Book Council

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Author's Bio

Matt Elliott has written more than a dozen books for readers of all ages. His best-selling collaboration with illustrator Chris Slane - Nice Day for a War: adventures of a Kiwi soldier in WWI - was the 2012 NZ Post Children's Book Awards Book of the Year, winner of the LIANZA Elsie Locke Medal and a Storylines Notable Book. Two educational stories - Grandad's Hat and When Grandma Came to Stay - were written for the charity Alzheimer's Research UK and produced as audiobooks read by BBC radio personality Edith Bowman. Matt lives on Auckland's North Shore with his wife and young son.

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