The Secret of Spirits Bay by Stephen Barker
HarperCollins New Zealand Reviewed by ROWAN BLAIKIE
It was about a boy called Tom Bowman who loves to run on the beach, he loves to race. Then he meets a friend called Ana and her cousin Jake, who have a grandfather called Mata. Tom spends lots of time with his friends until he notices a mystery boy who he becomes interested in.
At the same time, there’s another story going on about a boy travelling to New Zealand in the 1800s.
The two stories are brought together really well by the secret of Spirits Bay.
Ten to twelve-year-olds might like this book because it’s peaceful and relaxing.
The mystery boy was quite good and the racing was good, but there wasn’t enough action.
I think the author should do another book about the treasure Tom finds at the end of the book – but with more action.
ROWAN BLAIKIE is a Wellington reviewer and pupil of Roseneath School.