Author(s): Des Hunt
Central Otago's searing summer has been long and brutal. And yet somehow the sheep and smaller creatures on Stonefields Station have survived. That's until Garth Fischer arrives, along with his gun and plans to change things in a big way ...ways that are good for Garth Fischer, but nothing else. Then three youngsters make an important discovery in Skink Gully. Tamsin, the farm manager's daughter, and city kids, Dylan and Nimish, must now take on Fischer to protect their find. But the man will go to any length to get his way, even if that means destroying the gully and everything that lives there.
Des Hunt was a science and technology teacher for many years, interspersed with periods of curriculum development both in New Zealand and overseas. During this time he had several textbooks published to support the New Zealand curriculum. In recent years he has looked at other ways of interesting youngsters in science, creating computer games and writing non-fiction and fiction with scientific themes. After living in Auckland for much of his life he moved with his wife, Lynne, to Matarangi on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula. He retired from the classroom in 2007 to concentrate on writing fiction for children. He continues his aims of fostering young peoples' natural interest in the science of their surroundings by visiting schools and libraries where he runs workshops and presentations.