Author – Susan Brocker
Age – 9+
It’s the late 1860’s in the gold mining West Coast of New Zealand. A man is attacked for his gold and this is where the story begins.
‘The Drover’s Quest’ begins with two separate stories. Joseph is fifteen, half Cherokee and has just sailed into Lyttelton Harbour on a whaling ship from America.
Charlotte has just turned fourteen, and misses her father who is mining on the West Coast. When she hears that her father was murdered, she won’t believe it, cuts off her hair and leaves the nun’s home her father left her in – dressed as a boy. Determined to find out the truth and skilled with horses, she joins a team of drovers taking 1000 head of cattle over Arthur’s Pass to Hokitika as Charlie.
Only Tama (her father’s best mate) knows her secret as they begin their long, arduous drove.
Joseph has also joined the team, his excellent horsemanship taught to him by his Cherokee grandfather. The youngest on the drove, Charlie and Joseph are drawn together and when Charlie nearly drowns, Joseph discovers her secret.
As their stories intertwine, the tension builds along the drove, with Joseph hiding his own secret.
(Historical, West Coast, NZ Author, Friendship, Mining, Action, Adventure, Quest, Horses)