Author(s): Joy Cowley

NZ - Children - 5 to 8

Country of Origin: New Zealand William and Melissa have been roped into helping their weird grandparents fix up their holiday home in the country. How will they cope with no electricity, no mobile phone reception and only each other for company?

William and Melissa have to spend ten days in the Marlborough Sounds: no cell phone reception, nobody but each other and their grandparents for company and nothing to do except help fix up the bach. Why would they want to do that? Then their parents bring up the cash: $100 a day! When they arrive, the building is worse than they thought. They’ve got a lot of work to do to get the old house in good condition. This isn’t pleasant. And when they find out where their money is going they aren’t happy… I enjoyed this book. It has all the right parts: good chapter length, and a perfect blend of humour and mishaps. This is a brilliant book and anybody could see why it is a New Zealand Post Book Award finalist. - George (11)


Melissa (14) and William (11) are about to spend the holidays with their slightly zany grandparents. On the promise of ‘being paid’ they submit to helping fix up the Marlborough Sounds bach. No computers or cell phone coverage - the most boring holiday in history? Not! This is wonderful: funny and heart-warming. I loved it!  - Stella

William and Melissa’s summer holidays are not quite as they expected: instead of the planned trip to Queenstown they end up at their grandparents’ bach in the Marlborough sounds. The agreement is that they work while they are there, so it’s no holiday. There is no power or mobile reception at the bach, which means different experiences from those they are used to... There’s even a bookshop in the story. We all loved the book and were disappointed when it ended - hopefully they return to the bach soon. - Sarah


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Winner - NZ Post Book Awards Junior Fiction 2014. Finalist: New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014

Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand's best-loved writers for children.  She has won many awards for her work.  Joy lives in Featherston, New Zealand.

General Fields

  • : 9781877579462
  • : Gecko Press
  • : Gecko Press
  • : 0.179
  • : October 2013
  • : 198 X 129 mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joy Cowley
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.914
  • : very good
  • : 156
  • : Black and white