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              Jarwin and Cuffy
                

              Jarwin and Cuffy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              On a certain morning, not very long ago, the sun, according to his ancient and admirable custom, rose at a very early hour, and casting his bright beams far and wide over the Pacific, lighted up the yellow sands and the verdant hills of one of the loveliest of the islands of that... mighty sea. It was early morning, as we have said, and there was plenty of life-animal as well as vegetable-to be seen on land and sea, and in the warm, hazy atmosphere. But there were no indications of man's presence in that beautiful scene. The air was perfectly calm, yet the gentle swell of the ocean terminated in great waves, which came rolling in like walls of glass, and fell on the coral-reef like rushing snow-wreaths with a roar as loud as thunder.
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              ISBN 9780464042075
              Released NZ 2 Oct 2019
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              Post Haste
                

              Post Haste (Hardback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              This tale is founded chiefly on facts furnished by the Postmaster-General's Annual Reports, and gathered, during personal intercourse and investigation, at the General Post-Office of London and its Branches. It is intended to illustrate--not by any means to exhaust--the subject o...f postal work, communication, and incident throughout the Kingdom.
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              ISBN 9781389486227
              Released NZ 23 Oct 2017
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              The Dog Crusoe and His Master
                

              The Dog Crusoe and His Master (Hardback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              The dog Crusoe was once a pup. Now do not, courteous reader, toss your head contemptuously, and exclaim, Of course he was; I could have told you that. You know very well that you have often seen a man above six feet high, broad and powerful as a lion, with a bronzed shaggy visage... and the stern glance of an eagle, of whom you have said, or thought, or heard others say, It is scarcely possible to believe that such a man was once a squalling baby. If you had seen our hero in all the strength and majesty of full-grown doghood, you would have experienced a vague sort of surprise had we told you-as we now repeat-that the dog Crusoe was once a pup-a soft, round, sprawling, squeaking pup, as fat as a tallow candle, and as blind as a bat.
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              ISBN 9781389086250
              Released NZ 30 Dec 2017
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              The Norsemen in the West
                

              The Norsemen in the West (Hardback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              One fine autumn evening, between eight and nine hundred years ago, two large hairy creatures, bearing some resemblance to polar bears, might have been seen creeping slowly, and with much caution, toward the summit of a ridge that formed a spur to one of the ice-clad mountains of ...Greenland. The creatures went on all-fours. They had long bodies, short legs, shorter tails, and large round heads. Having gained the top of the ridge they peeped over and beheld a hamlet nestled at the foot of a frowning cliff; and at the head of a smiling inlet. We use these terms advisedly, because the cliff, being in deep shadow, looked unusually black and forbidding, while the inlet, besides being under the influence of a profound calm, was lit up on all its dimples by the rays of the setting sun.
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              ISBN 9781388682644
              Released NZ 8 Apr 2018
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              The Coral Island
                

              The Coral Island (Hardback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean (1858) is a novel written by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne. One of the first works of juvenile fiction to feature exclusively juvenile heroes, the story relates the adventures of three boys marooned on a South Pacific island, the o...nly survivors of a shipwreck. A typical Robinsonade - a genre of fiction inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe - and one of the most popular of its type, the book first went on sale in late 1857 and has never been out of print. Among the novel's major themes are the civilising effect of Christianity, 19th-century British imperialism in the South Pacific, and the importance of hierarchy and leadership. It was the inspiration for William Golding's dystopian novel Lord of the Flies (1954), which inverted the morality of The Coral Island; in Ballantyne's story the children encounter evil, but in Lord of the Flies evil is within them.
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              ISBN 9781389145810
              Released NZ 22 Dec 2017
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              The Red Man's Revenge
                

              The Red Man's Revenge (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              If ever there was a man who possessed a gem in the form of a daughter of nineteen, that man was Samuel Ravenshaw; and if ever there was a girl who owned a bluff, jovial, fiery, hot-tempered, irascible old father, that girl was Elsie Ravenshaw. Although a gem, Elsie was exceedingl...y imperfect. Had she been the reverse she would not have been worth writing about. Old Ravenshaw, as his familiars styled him, was a settler, if we may use such a term in reference to one who was, perhaps, among the most unsettled of men. He had settled with his family on the banks of the Red River. The colony on that river is now one of the frontier towns of Canada. At the time we write of, it was a mere oasis in the desert, not even an offshoot of civilisation, for it owed its existence chiefly to the fact that retiring servants of the Hudson's Bay Fur Company congregated there to spend the evening of life, far beyond the Canadian boundary, in the heart of that great wilderness where they had spent their working days, and on the borders of that grand prairie where the red man and the buffalo roamed at will, and the conventionalities of civilised life troubled them not.
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              ISBN 9780368064081
              Released NZ 9 Jan 2019
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              The Story of the Rock
                

              The Story of the Rock (Hardback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              At mischief again, of course: always at it. Mrs Potter said this angrily, and with much emphasis, as she seized her son by the arm and dragged him out of a pool of dirty water, into which he had tumbled. Always at mischief of one sort or another, he is, continued Mrs Potter, with... increasing wrath, morning, noon, and night-he is; tumblin' about an' smashin' things for ever he does; he'll break my heart at last-he will. There: take that! That, which poor little Tommy was desired to take, was a sounding box on the ear, accompanied by a violent shake of the arm which would have drawn that limb out of its socket if the child's bones and muscles had not been very tightly strung together.
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              ISBN 9780464695189
              Released NZ 23 Oct 2018
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              The Coral Island
                 

              The Coral Island (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              Shipwrecks, battles, pirates, kidnapping and more are all found in The Coral Island. R M Ballantyne was a 19th century Scottish juvenile fiction writer. The Coral Island was voted into the list of top 20 Scottish novels in 2006. The adventure begins when three boys are the lone s...urvivors of a shipwreck. They are on an uninhabited Polynesian island. Life is good. They have food and are able to construct shelter and a small boat. Their adventures begin when they spot two large outrigger canoes landing on their beach. The two groups battle and the boys help the Tararo chief defeat the attacking warriors. Pirates arrive on the island and the boys must hide in a cave. One of the boys creeps out to investigate and is captured. The action continues at a fast pace. This is a great adventure for boys who love the sea and are fascinated with all things pirate.
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              ISBN 9781605975313
              Released NZ 8 May 2008
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              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Jarwin and Cuffy
                

              Jarwin and Cuffy (Hardback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              On a certain morning, not very long ago, the sun, according to his ancient and admirable custom, rose at a very early hour, and casting his bright beams far and wide over the Pacific, lighted up the yellow sands and the verdant hills of one of the loveliest of the islands of that... mighty sea. It was early morning, as we have said, and there was plenty of life-animal as well as vegetable--to be seen on land and sea, and in the warm, hazy atmosphere. But there were no indications of man's presence in that beautiful scene. The air was perfectly calm, yet the gentle swell of the ocean terminated in great waves, which came rolling in like walls of glass, and fell on the coral-reef like rushing snow-wreaths with a roar as loud as thunder.
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              ISBN 9781389552175
              Released NZ 11 Oct 2017
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              Erling the Bold
                

              Erling the Bold (Hardback)

              By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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              By the early light of a bright summer morning, long, long ago, two small boats were seen to issue from one of the fiords or firths on the west coast of Norway, and row towards the skerries or low rocky islets that lay about a mile distant from the mainland. Although the morning w...as young, the sun was already high in the heavens, and brought out in glowing colours the varied characteristics of a mountain scene of unrivalled grandeur. The two shallops moved swiftly towards the islands, their oars shivering the liquid mirror of the sea, and producing almost the only sound that disturbed the universal stillness, for at that early hour Nature herself seemed buried in deep repose. A silvery mist hung over the water, through which the innumerable rocks and islands assumed fantastic shapes, and the more distant among them appeared as though they floated in air. A few seagulls rose startled from their nests, and sailed upwards with plaintive cries, as the keels of the boats grated on the rocks, and the men stepped out and hauled them up on the beach of one of the islets. A wild uncouth crew were those Norsemen of old! All were armed, for in their days the power and the means of self-defence were absolutely necessary to self-preservation.
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              ISBN 9781389301933
              Released NZ 1 Dec 2017
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