Author(s): Kath Beatie
Reuben Radcliffe’s father owns the store in the small township of Waipapa. When the bank forecloses on a loan, Reuben and his family are forced to leave their home and move into a tent. With no money and little food, Reuben has to leave school and find work. Heading north with his father, Reuben joins a gang of Dalmatian gumdiggers. He soon learns how to dig the ancient kauri gum that lies preserved in the Northland swamps. But tragedy lurks just around the corner . . .
Growing up in the country, Kath says her family was too poor for many books, and it wasn’t until she became a boarder at Epsom Girls Grammar that she discovered her first library! A former teacher, Dunedin-based Kath is now retired but is a keen outdoors person who has travelled and lived in many countries.