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Gold Medal Award winner

'Danger at Devil's Cove' is a fast-moving adventure story for 10-14 year olds, set in the bush and goldmines of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Josephine Mary Cresswell's world crumbles when her mother is killed in an accident and she is obliged to move to a small township on the Coromandel Peninsula to live with her aunt, a virtual stranger. Thrust into an unfamiliar environment at her new school, Josephine makes friends with Tommy, the son of the local constable, but falls foul of Prudence, the school bully. When Prudence goes missing Josephine and Tommy set off to search for her in an abandoned goldmine and inadvertently stumble across a covert smuggling operation, leading to an exciting climax at Devil's Cove.

On the surface, Danger at Devil's Cove is a rollicking adventure story with ample action to keep the readers interest through to the last subtle twist. Underlying this is Josephine's struggle to choose the right path and in the process to better understand who she is. The more advanced reader may pick up on underlying themes of temptation, choice and consequence.

Danger at Devil's Cove is a fictional adventure story set in the 1950s and depicts the active outdoor lifestyle and history of that era. It also contains some references to early gold mining in the 1850s, and to World War Two. A section at the back of the book provides some background information for the interested reader.


The book won a Gold Medal Award at the prestigious New Zealand Pride in Print Awards, June 2010.

Danger at Devil's Cove


Format: Paperback

Design: Matte laminated cover with French flaps and red foiled text

Pages: 204

Dimensions: 13.5cm x 21cm

ISBN: 978-0-473-16189-7

Publisher: Arthur Publishing House

Publication Date: Dec 2009

Series: The Adventures of Josephine Mary Cresswell, Book One

Accompanying teacher's notes are available on purchase.

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