New Zealand Girl Book 2: Hene and the Burning Harbour by Paula Morris
A highly readible short novel for primary and intermediate students aimed at girls and book 2 in the series.
Hene lives on a Pa near Pahia in 1845. It is a lawless time when Kororareka was the hell Hole of the Pacific, Hone Heke was cutting down the Flag Pole at Waitangi 4 times in a row and worst of all European diseases were drastically affecting the Maori population particularly children.
Hene goes to the Mission House in Pahia to escape illness. She goes to school, learns to sew and understands the meaning of insolence.
Hene is not happy away from her whanau but makes friends with a young girl Rangi who works in a shop at Kororareka. Action takes place as a gunboat enters the fray after Hone heke sets fire to the town.
A short history of the times is in the back including Hone Heke, the Missionaries and how author Paula Morris became a New Zealand girl.
Ezcellent series for young readers.