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Sunken Forest by Des Hunt
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Sunken Forest

by Des Hunt

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A must read for those that like stories about teenagers triumphing over their bullying attackers. This is a story of 13 year old Matthew Smith who has been sent to live with his nana in Gisborne to escape the town gossips in Hastings. Matthew's father Brayden has been sent to jail and Matthew is starting to rebel. He arrives at Gisborne settles in and things start to go wrong. He is accused of stealing from an old lady and from there on all the encounters he has with various people are tainted with this accusation. Matthew attends a school camp at Lake Waikaremoana and it is here that he is punished for allegedly changing markers on a track thus causing danger to fellow students. Matthew meets Satch ( a cop) who regularly goes to the lake side to reminisce about his childhood camping days beside the lake. It was at this lake that his father lost his watch 60 years ago and that they fed eels. In the lake is a huge eel that Matthew has named Elsa and he has befriended. The lake has been formed by a landslide hundreds of years ago and the trees remain upright (although limbless) hence the title 'Sunken Forest'. I enjoyed this story because I could visualize the sunken forest etc and the lake and it felt good as you read. At this camp are teh bullies Cam Nelson & Jay and they are set out to kill Elsa - so the story continues with plans & plots. However in the end nature has it way and a landslide sorts everything out. Matthew becomes a hero and is then defamed, but the plot twists again and all is well. A great read thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  rata | Aug 7, 2016 |
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"Sent to live with his grandmother in Hastings after his father is jailed, Matt becomes the victim of bad friends and false accusations. Sent off on a military-style school camp to the wilds of Lake Waikaremoana, Matt again gets in trouble for something he didn't do, and is unjustly punished. Not allowed to join his school friends on their activities, he spends time alone down by the lake where he discovers a massive eel. Unfortunately, news gets out about the eel Matt has nicknamed Elsa, and the class bad-boy, Cameron, is determined to kill it. Matt is determined not to let him ... but then, following a night of torrential rain, catastrophe strikes the camp and Matt ends up saving Cam's life."--Publisher information.… (more)

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