Author(s): Sandy McKay
Charlotte loves to play marbles with her best friend Harry and read about adventures on the high seas. But Charlotte will have to leave school soon and help her mother with the house and the younger children. Charlotte can't imagine anything worse. When it looks like her mother is going to keep her home for good, Charlotte and her new friend Cyril board a Cobb & Co coach and head to Hogburn Gully, where the Otago gold rush is in full swing. But the mining town isn't what Charlotte imagined. Can Charlotte find a fortune in the goldfields? Or will she have to return home to a narrow life of sewing, cooking and looking after her little sisters?
Sandy McKay is a children's book author and a freelance writer. Her novel for junior readers, Recycled, was published in 2001 and won the Junior Fiction category in the 2002 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. Losing it (2007) was McKay's first book for teenage readers, and was nominated for the Esther Glen Award in the 2008 LIANZA Children's Book Awards. She lives in Dunedin with her family.