The adventures of this teenage girl and her wisdom in overcoming the many good and bad things that has happened to her and her grandfather and friends in one year of life, make an interesting story - a good read with several plausible twists and turns that make you want to investigate further.
After a career as a teacher and principal of mainly small rural schools, Ross Richdale lives in the small university city of Palmerston North in the North Island of New Zealand where he writes contemporary novels and sagas full time, while his wife, Kay, carries the burden of teaching children at a local primary (elementary) school. He is married with three children.
In his suburban home, Ross pounds away on an ancient Macintosh to form the plots for his novels. When he is not writing, Ross enjoys drawing, usually on the computer. Other interests include wandering in the countryside and, in the summer, swimming in mountain streams or bounding through the rapids in a large inner tube tire.
His interest in current events and international incidents serve as a backdrop for many of his novels. Ordinary people rather than the super rich super powerful or violent, are the main characters in his stories. Often a tiny article read is expanded into a full sized novel after research and the use of his vivid imagination. His plots also reflect his interest in the rural lifestyle as well as the cross section of personalities encountered during his years as a teacher.