An Unexpected Hero

‘Linda Hansen’s novel is a mischievous affectionate story of a very likeable very credible young boy who startles everyone including himself by what he proves himself able to do. There’s tension trouble and triumph all authentically rendered. Young readers will know people just like Matt will recognise his world and his problems and will delight in the success of this genuinely unlikely hero.’ David Hill author of more than 40 books winner of the HELL Children’s Choice Award for Junior Fiction 2016 both the Junior Fiction and the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction NZ Post Awards 2013 and many other honours. ‘This is one of those books where you only have to read one page and you are hooked. The story is set in the present but the reader ends up knowing a great deal about what happened to so many New Zealanders one hundred years ago. It’s a book for lovers of the popular My Story series of books presenting history through the eyes of a child.’ Barbara Murison who worked with children young people and books for over 60 years. ‘What an excellent short novel this is for primary and intermediate children and a timely reminder that it takes courage to refuse to fight…. a story of growing up of relationships between old and young of differences between city and country and of course the girl boy stuff that emerges with puberty. Easy to read big font size and perfect for the reluctant reader. This first novel will really surprise you.’ Bob’s Book Blog - Bob Docherty. ‘Linda Hansen cleverly exposes a hidden tale of wartime New Zealand exposed within a gripping contemporary story. Great reading ’ Ruth Paul author illustrator of many books including ‘The King’s Bubbles’ which won the NZ Post Children’s Choice Picture Book Award 2008.

An Unexpected Hero, 9780994110275, Linda Hansen, Ann Neville, Create Books


An Unexpected Hero - An Unexpected Hero ,ISBN 9780994110275
An Unexpected Hero ,ISBN 9780994110275
An Unexpected Hero
‘Linda Hansen’s novel is a mischievous, affectionate story of a very likeable, very credible young boy, who startles everyone, including himself, by what he proves himself able to do. There’s tension, trouble and triumph, all authentically rendered. Young readers will know people just like Matt, will recognise his world and his problems, and will delight in the success of this genuinely unlikely hero.’ David Hill, author of more than 40 books, winner of the HELL Children’s Choice Award for Junior Fiction (2016), both the Junior Fiction and the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction: NZ Post Awards (2013) and many other honours.

‘This is one of those books where you only have to read one page and you are hooked. The story is set in the present but the reader ends up knowing a great deal about what happened to so many New Zealanders one hundred years ago. It’s a book for lovers of the popular My Story series of books, presenting history through the eyes of a child.’ Barbara Murison, who worked with children, young people and books for over 60 years.

‘What an excellent short novel this is for primary and intermediate children and a timely reminder that it takes courage to refuse to fight…. a story of growing up, of relationships between old and young, of differences between city and country and of course the girl/boy stuff that emerges with puberty. Easy to read, big font size and perfect for the reluctant reader. This first novel will really surprise you.’ Bob’s Book Blog - Bob Docherty.

‘Linda Hansen cleverly exposes a hidden tale of wartime New Zealand exposed within a gripping contemporary story. Great reading!’ Ruth Paul, author/illustrator of many books including ‘The King’s Bubbles’ which won the NZ Post Children’s Choice Picture Book Award 2008.
  • ISBN: 9780994110275
  • Published: 1-DEC-2014
  • Pages: 143
  • Dimensions: 199x130mm
Soft cover Soft cover
NZ$ 22.00



Used expressions:An Unexpected Hero An Unexpected Hero, 9780994110275, Linda Hansen, Ann Neville, Create Books,‘Linda Hansen’s novel is a mischievous affectionate story of a very likeable very credible young boy who startles everyone including himself by what he proves himself able to do. There’s tension trouble and triumph all authentically rendered. Young readers will know people just like Matt will recognise his world and his problems and will delight in the success of this genuinely unlikely hero.’ David Hill author of more than 40 books winner of the HELL Children’s Choice Award for Junior Fiction 2016 both the Junior Fiction and the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction NZ Post Awards 2013 and many other honours. ‘This is one of those books where you only have to read one page and you are hooked. The story is set in the present but the reader ends up knowing a great deal about what happened to so many New Zealanders one hundred years ago. It’s a book for lovers of the popular My Story series of books presenting history through the eyes of a child.’ Barbara Murison who worked with children young people and books for over 60 years. ‘What an excellent short novel this is for primary and intermediate children and a timely reminder that it takes courage to refuse to fight…. a story of growing up of relationships between old and young of differences between city and country and of course the girl boy stuff that emerges with puberty. Easy to read big font size and perfect for the reluctant reader. This first novel will really surprise you.’ Bob’s Book Blog - Bob Docherty. ‘Linda Hansen cleverly exposes a hidden tale of wartime New Zealand exposed within a gripping contemporary story. Great reading ’ Ruth Paul author illustrator of many books including ‘The King’s Bubbles’ which won the NZ Post Children’s Choice Picture Book Award 2008.

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