Those Sugar-Barge Kids

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Jon Tucker

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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.


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

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.


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

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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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

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12

Target Gender: LGBT leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Storm Bay Books

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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