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The Musket Girl

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  3 ratings  ·  2 reviews
1847 is drawing to a close. Winnie Meldon, twelve years old, finds herself in a strange new country – New Zealand. A country with almost no native land animals but teeming with all manner of strange, wonderful birds.
Home to the Maori people who decorate their faces with wild patterns carved into their flesh like living stones.
Winnie, her Maori friend Rawiri and Kura, her
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 7th 2015 by Play With Strangers Press (first published September 14th 2013)
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Isaac Mc
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is without doubt one of the best historical fiction books I've ever read. A weaving swashbuckling adventure with fascinating, engaging characters (both good and bad) and made all the more enjoyable by the author's clear understanding of the historical period in which the tale is set. Indeed, this was one of the aspects of 'The Musket Girl' that made it such a page turner. The knowledge I have gained from this book about this relatively unknown time in history, 'The Royal New Zealand Fencibl ...more
M.J. Kobernus
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in History, New Zealand or Adventure
The Musket Girl is set in 19th century New Zealand and is a coming of age story with a difference.

I could say that it was impeccably well researched, shining a light on Maori customs, as well as mid 19th century military outposts, but that would hardly do it justice.

I could say that it demonstrates an amazing breadth of knowledge of the exotic plant and animal life found in New Zealand, but again, that will simply not cover it.

Yes, the book is full of the most exquisite and interesting detail (o
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Christopher Hegan is a fully paid-up baby-boomer, born in Onehunga, where the story of The Musket Girl starts, during the world-wide repopulation stampede following WWII. His teens coincided with the heady years of the 60s, seeing him quit law school to hit the hippy trail though Asia. He was rescued from a shipwreck in Indonesia and stayed and found work, becoming fluent in Indonesian. He stowed ...more

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