Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Review: The Drover's Quest

The Drover's Quest is by Susan Brocker, and it was written in 2012. The book contains a map of the journey the main character takes. It's ISBN is 978 1 86950 907 1. It's 23 chapters long, with a prologue. There is 176 pages.

The Drover's Quest is set in the 1860's, in New Zealand. Rumour is flying around the goldfields that Tom McGee has found a nuggets of gold the size of his fist. Men have been killed for a lot less, so no one is really surprised when he goes missing, and his campsite is ruined.
The only person who refuses to believe this is his daughter, Charlotte. On her 14th birthday, the news is bought that her father is gone. She has been living in a convent home for a year, after the government determined the goldfield is no place for a girl to live.  She decides to disguise herself as a boy, and sets out to find her father.
A skilled horse rider, she joins a cattle drove over Arthur's pass. Keeping her identity a secret is harder than it seems, and Charlotte needs all the help she can get, from her fathers friend, Tama, and an american cowboy, Joseph.

I really enjoyed The Drover's Quest, I read it in a day. Susan Brocker is an amazing author, and at the end of each page, I had to turn another to see what would happen. Its well planned and the end ties up nicely.

Susan Brocker has written over 50 books for children and young adults, including Brave Bess and the ANZAC HorsesSaving SamRestless SpiritThe Wolf in the Wardrobe and Dreams of Warriors

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