Displaced YA


An enthralling historical novel of immigration, courage and first love from an award-winning New Zealand author.


Eloise and her family must leave Cornwall on a treacherous sea journey to start a new life in 1870s colonial New Zealand. On the ship across, Eloise meets Lars, a Norwegian labourer travelling below decks, and their lives begin to intertwine. When her brother disappears, her father leaves and the family are left to fend for themselves in their new home, Eloise must find the strength to stand up for what she believes in and the people she loves.


The novel’s strong themes the meritocratic ideal, feminism, environmental awareness, along with its carefully research historical content, will appeal to education markets.

An incredibly gripping historical novel that reveals Scandinavian and Cornish history of Hawkes Bay and the Manawatu regions of New Zealand, based on the author’s personal family history.

The author’s personal experience on tall ships creates a realistic depiction of sea life and all its hardship, which are central to the novel and helped her get close to her characters.

Age Suitable: From 14 years

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