Those Sugar-Barge Kids

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DRAMA FAMILY POLITICAL YOUNG ADULT CHILDREN'S

Contemporary

Jon Tucker

Logline

When three Tasmanian children meet up with a couple of home-alone alternative-lifestyle kids who live on an old barge in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, they soon find themselves heavily involved in a conflict with one of the local oyster-farmers over the release of plastics in the waterways. The outcome is a triumph of lateral thinking, and a signal to youngsters around the globe that it is possible to bring about positive environmental outcomes, even when adults are reluctant to change their ways.

Genre

Drama, Family, Political, Young Adult, Children's

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12

Target Gender: LGBT leaning

Setting

New Zealand's far northern waterways (Bay of Islands)

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Storm Bay Books

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

Two alternative life-style children have been home-schooled by an often-absent father on an old houseboat. Their education has been strongly influenced by their father's extreme environmentalism. When their tame seagull dies from ingesting plastics, they take action against local oyster farmers.

Ending Description

After attempting a range of actions to persuade an intransigent oyster farmer to change his methods, the children resort to legal tactics to bring about change. In addition, relationships between the two groups of children reveal strengths and weaknesses of their very different upbringings.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Meaningful Message

Plot - Premise

Quest

Main Character Details

Name: Ella

Age: 13

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Complex, Confident, Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Jake

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Empathetic, Heroic, Modest, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: Jess

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Decisive, Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Sam

Age: 10

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Blunt, Complex, Engaging, Funny, Insecure

Logline

When three Tasmanian children meet up with a couple of home-alone alternative-lifestyle kids who live on an old barge in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, they soon find themselves heavily involved in a conflict with one of the local oyster-farmers over the release of plastics in the waterways. The outcome is a triumph of lateral thinking, and a signal to youngsters around the globe that it is possible to bring about positive environmental outcomes, even when adults are reluctant to change their ways.

Short Summary

Two alternative life-style children have been home-schooled by an often-absent father on an old houseboat. Their education has been strongly influenced by their father's extreme environmentalism. When their tame seagull dies from ingesting plastics, they take action against local oyster farmers.


After attempting a range of actions to persuade an intransigent oyster farmer to change his methods, the children resort to legal tactics to bring about change. In addition, relationships between the two groups of children reveal strengths and weaknesses of their very different upbringings.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Quest,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Ella

Age: 13

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Complex, Confident, Outspoken

Character 1

Name: Jake

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Empathetic, Heroic, Modest, Perseverance

Character 2

Name: Jess

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Decisive, Empathetic

Character 3

Name: Sam

Age: 10

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Blunt, Complex, Engaging, Funny, Insecure

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