Given the terrible storms that lashed the lower North Island last week, this novel about the sinking of the Wahine should be of particular interest to young readers.

Fifteen-year-old Stuart and his twin sister Sandra are travelling home to Wellington from Christchurch on the inter-island ferry, the Wahine.

But an exciting trip home becomes a fight for survival as the ferry is thrown on to jagged rocks by a huge swell and it begins to sink. Will Sandra and Stuart make it to shore?

No Safe Harbour makes the tragic events of April 10, 1968, come to life for the reader.


David Hill's books are popular with young New Zealand readers and No Safe Harbour is one of the finalists in the Young Adult Fiction section of the 2004 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Publisher: Mallinson Rendel

Price: $16.99

Age: 10-14