New Guinea Moon

Kate Constable

New Guinea Moon
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New Guinea Moon

Kate Constable

Julie has grown up not knowing her father, with just the occasional Christmas card and the knowledge that he flies planes for a charter company in New Guinea. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets. An awkward romance with a young expat contrasts with her growing attraction to the son of a local coffee plantation owner. And, left to her own devices much of the time, Julie learns to rely on herself and gain her own independence. A tragedy and then a mystery leave her reeling, but force her to evaluate what she really wants out of life. ‘Engaging and hard to put down’ - Hannah, 15 ‘Captivating.the unexpected twists kept me on my toes’ - Georgia, 15

Review

This is a wonderful coming-of-age story set in the exotic and racially divided world of New Guinea just before Independence.

Julie is 16 and has asked to spend the holidays in New Guinea with her father, whom she has not seen, and barely heard from, since she was three. Brought up to be spirited and independent by her strongly feminist mother, Julie is forced to call on all her resilience, despite the kindness of those she meets, and the support and attentions of two very different guys.

Though Kate Constable, who grew up in New Guinea, clearly sets out to question white expat assumptions of superiority, she does so with a light touch. Her characters are flawed but likeable, and dramatically unexpected moments keep the narrative alive and compelling. Highly recommended for ages 13 and up.


Kathy Kozlowski is a Children’s Book Specialist who has worked in kid’s books for over 40 years. Positively retro!

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