Dunger by Joy Cowley
A great little story this from one of New Zealands most gifted children’s writers and this time it is about young brother and sister William and Melissa connecting with their grand parents who are over 80.
Melissa is going on 14 years and William just on 11 years. They are the cell phone and computer generation but in this novel they are going to be taken out of their comfort zone and realise that they are enjoying it.
Sometimes the simple things in life are the hardest things to get kids to understand but the old couple in this story manage it.
When offered a $1000 each to spend a few weeks with their aged grandparents at their bach in the Marlborough Sounds, with no electricity and out of Cell phone reach, Melissa and William see only the money.
Their aging hippie grand parents have different ideas and both kids have to work for their money. They learn to clean, to bake bread and to drive a car amongst other things and they learn that the bickering between their grandparents is a unique part of a very close relationship.
The grand parents are brilliant and the ending produces some real drama.
Great read-a-loud for primary and Intermediate students.