Author(s): Jon Tucker
When a Tasmanian sailing family anchors near an old wrecked hulk in New Zealands Marlborough Sounds, the kids discover a strangely abandoned campsite nearby, with plates of uneaten food and young childrens toys still visible under the mould and cockroaches. Their curiosity leads to an investigation which adds a layer of intrigue to their anticipated fun-llled experiences in an unfamiliar foreign land. A thought-provoking Ransome-inspired tale with strong appeal to adventure-loving readers in the nine to ninety-nine age bracket. Underlying its clear environmental theme is the conclusion that freedom and responsibility go hand in hand.
Jon Tucker is a Kiwi ex-teacher turned adventurer whose piratical black ketch is the only home that he and his wife Barbara owned for most of their lives. For two decades they and their five sons extensively sailed the waters of NZ, Australia and the Pacific. Their accumulated experiences have provided Jon with sufficient material, both true and imaginative, to write this linked series of contemporary Ransome genre books.