From the author of To The Lighthouse comes a new adventure for young readers about falling in love with the bush, and with hiking and being in the wild. It's about disconnecting from technology and discovering yourself.
Harry's perfect life was straying way off-track. He looked pleadingly at Mum. Surely she could see? Spending an entire weekend tramping around stinking-hot, snake-filled scrub was a horrible mistake. But doing it without a phone? That was just brutal.
As it turns out, it was only the beginning ...
Poor Harry! He is going to be forced to spend the entire weekend bushwalking and camping with people he doesn’t know, and all without his phone or any technology. He is sure that this won’t be good.
So begins their outside adventure. Harry, his Mum (who bought her phone, as she can’t live without it!), his Mum’s friend Ana and her overtalkative daughter Deepika.
After a rusty start, Harry comes to the realisation that nature is pretty good and that he could get used to being outdoors! He and Deepika are allowed to venture ahead of Ana and his Mum, and they start to enjoy each others company. Which is just as well, as they soon find themselves in a world of trouble and they have to work together and make ma-ture decisions to fix the problem.
This is a fabulous book that highlights that sometimes you just have to have a go and step outside your comfort zone (and put your device down!) to really enjoy what life has to offer.
It will be thoroughly enjoyed by middle to senior primary students.
Reviewed by Sam