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The Ghosts on the Hill

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 84 pages
Published July 16th 2020 by Ahoy!
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Desna
Jan 25, 2021 added it
Shelves: junior-fiction
A story about a young girl and her grief/guilt. A good story and I love that so many places in the story are familiar. The historical aspects were a reminder to us, that our history is important. This is our past and the early days of settlement in Christchurch, New Zealand with a rather sweet ghost story that left me with a feel-good feeling after finishing.
Anne
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A short easy read inspired by a real event and including some of the newspaper clippings from the time. As well as being an engaging story, there is much a class could do with this to explore themes of children in the past and learning our history.
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Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elsie loves to sit and fish off the Lyttleton jetty, her feet dangling high above the tide. Mr James is fishing too, with one eye on his line and one eye on Elsie as she dozes in the Autumn sunshine. She knows he is making sure she is safe and that she doesn’t nod off and fall in.

A year before in April 1883, two boys were fishing off the same jetty. When Elsie arrives to fish, she introduces herself and learns that they are Archie 8 and Davie 10, nearly 11, the same age as her. They’d walked ove
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Rebekah Fraser
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aotearoa, booklovers
The year is 1844. The place is Lyttleton, a small and bustling harbour town. Elsie is waiting for the fish to bite. She has her reasons for coming down to the waterfront so often, the main one being the memory of the lost boys. She was one of the last people to see them alive, and now she's haunted by their fate.
When the opportunity arises for Elsie to follow in their footsteps over the Bridle Path, and put their ghosts to rest, she doesn't hesitate. But no one knows the weather is about to chan
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Kathleen Dixon
Two boys take the train through from Christchurch to Ohinehou (the port, Lyttleton) for a day's fishing, but when it's time to go home they need to walk over the Port Hills. When the clouds come down it's very dangerous, and though they're warned that the weather was setting in, they really want to get home.

A year later, Elsie misses the rare opportunity to take the train when she ignores her mother's calls, and then feels she needs to walk over the hills to take a gift to her aunt. Foolishly, s
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Liz
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nz-writers-quiz
Short but beautifully written. Based on a true story from 1883 Christchurch NZ.
Chelsea
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic, engaging, sad yet beautiful
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Bill Nagelkerke is a children’s writer and former librarian. Nagelkerke has also translated many books from Dutch into English, chiefly for Wellington’s Gecko Press, including several picture books by Leo Timmers.

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