Author – Ken Catran
Age – 13+
Another roaring war story by prolific author Ken Catran. But this is a war story not known to most – The war in Malaya between the British and Japanese and then between the Malayan Communist Guerrillas against their British oppressors.
Two stories are told – one of a young kiwi, signing up to the army after WWII to fight in Malaya, and one of Ng, a Chinese boy taken in by Communist guerrillas after he loses his family to British bullets.
Earth Dragon, Fire Hare is brilliantly written, the reader sharing the teen’s experiences almost first hand – in 1940’s NZ and in the jungle of Malaya as the bullets sing around them. A great way to learn about this forgotten war.
(WWII, Malayan war, Chinese, Horoscope, Friends, Family, Murder, Battle)