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A handful of blue (edition 2003)

by Vince Ford

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"It's summer, but an approaching cyclone isn't the only dark cloud that hangs over Makorori Beach. A drought threatens to force Jeremy's family off their farm and everything he does seems to make matters worse. The family is starting to crack"--Back cover. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.… (more)
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Title:A handful of blue
Authors:Vince Ford
Info:Auckland, N.Z. : Scholastic New Zealand, 2003.
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There is nothing on the cover of this book or blurb to let you know that this book is about a whale stranding, and I like books that don't give too much away on the ouset, so i was pleasantly surprised. Jeremy 's family have invested everything they own into a remote farm directly on a beach only to have 2 years of drought see them on the verge of bankruptcy. To make things worse, in the space of one week, Jeremy manages to get sprung looking a naked lady who is staying in their guest cottage, send his sister's pet sheep Herman to the slaughterhouse, and , while practising fishing knots with his best mate Eddie, forget to untie the trailer so it crashed straight through the back of their station wagon. To make matters even worse, he leaves a tap running in their house, and their tank runs dry!
The only problem he doesn't cause himself, is the cyclone that threatens their beach - but in the middle of the night, his dog wakes him and he discovers 53 pilot whales have washed on shore! Can the locals and wildlife experts re-float them before the worst of the storm hits, or will this story have a sad ending for the whales and a (sort of ) happy one for Jeremy's family? Different, sometimes funny, sometimes sad novel which was unpredictable.
  nicsreads | Jan 15, 2008 |
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"It's summer, but an approaching cyclone isn't the only dark cloud that hangs over Makorori Beach. A drought threatens to force Jeremy's family off their farm and everything he does seems to make matters worse. The family is starting to crack"--Back cover. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.

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Makorori Station ... the most awesome, cool place to live. We're just across the road from the beach and the sky rests on the hills behind our house. No kidding, there's only just room for the sun to slip over the ridge and if you jump high enough you can pull down a handful of blue.

It's summer, but an approaching cyclone isn't the only dark cloud that hangs over Makorori Beach. A drought threatens to force Jeremy's family off their farm and everything he does seems to make matters worse. The family is starting to crack ... but forces outside their control drive them into a struggle that will influence the rest of their lives.
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