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This is the true story of two boys who live on the wild and rugged West Coast of the South Island.

The true story of two boys who live on the wild and rugged West Coast of the South Island.

Join Jack (9) and Charlie (7) as they go whitebaiting and fishing, panning for gold, chopping wood with their tomahawks, firing at targets with their bows and arrows, plucking ducks, camping in the bush and rafting down rivers.

Narrated by older brother Jack (with some help from his dad, the famous adventurer Josh James the Kiwi Bushman), Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush is sure to become a New Zealand family classic.


... an interesting book for the older child to learn about a life without modern technology.

Linda Thompson, Daily Post, Rotorua

No TV, no PlayStation - nine-year-old Jack's life on the West Coast is a survivalist's dream. Stunning photographs make the boys' story an entertaining read for all ages.

Ann Packer, The Listener

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    June 27, 2016


    176 pages

    RRP $34.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
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    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
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    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

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Awards and Recognition

  • Storylines Notable Non-fiction Award
    Notable Book
    Storylines Notable Book


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