Author(s): Maurice Gee
The story of one man's dramatic impact on a small community, this novel was written by the author of The Halfmen of O which won the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award in 1983. It is summer 1943 in a small New Zealand town, and a wounded American soldier is coming to stay with Rex and his family. Rex is full of expectations, but from the moment Jackson steps down from the bus there are surprises - and how could anyone predict the dramatic events which will unfold in the days to come? Like The Fire-Raiser it is wonderfully rich in small-town New Zealand atmosphere and characters. It is based on a brilliant plot with many unexpected turns. The author also wrote Under the Mountain a successful television programme.