A gripping adventure based on an ancient Maori myth is brought to life in this award-winning junior novel.
Joanna Orwin is a writer for children and adults with a background in plant ecology.. Her fiction and non-fiction books share a focus on New Zealand's natural environment, Maori history and mythology, and European history. She won the Children's Book of the Year Award for The Guardian of the Land (1985). Her books for children are Ihaka and the Summer Wandering (1983), which was followed by Ihaka and the Prophecy (1984); The Guardian of the Land (1985); Watcher in the Forest (1987); and Tar Dragon (1997) and Out of Tune (Longacre, 2004) which was a finalist in the Young Adult Fiction Category for the 2005 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and made the 2005 Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction list. Joanna Orwin was the 2009 recipient of the University of Otago College of Education Children's Writing Fellowship.