A vintage Jack Lasenby tale set in Waharoa, the same town and Depression years as the setting for Old Drumble, and featuring some of the same characters. This time the protagonist is Maggie, a young girl being raised by her widowed father, with the help of the whole village. The whole of Waharoa is also banding together to beat the weather and bring in the harvest and build the haystack. Warm, witty, delightfully poignant story with fun, mischief, the burning down of a dunny, and ultimately a tragedy as seen through the eyes of a child.
Jack Lasenby lives and works in Wellington, spinning yarns and telling tales to delight children of all ages. He grew up in Waharoa where this story is set. His most recent title, Old Drumble, won the Junior Fiction category at the 2009 New Zealand Post Children's and Young Adults Book Awards.