A highly readable new pre-teen novel from the beloved New Zealand writer Joy Cowley.

William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They’ll have no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company. As far as they’re concerned, this is not a holiday.


Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and adults, with an international reputation. She has won a multitude of awards and honours for her bestselling books, including the Prime Ministers Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.


Dunger is that most unusual of books, a highly enjoyable story for young readers which older readers also find to their taste. A tale for all ages.

The Source

Fans of Joy Cowley will love this story which alternates chapters in the voice of Will and Lissy. Recommended for intermediate and junior secondary students.

Magpies Magazine

Funny, moving and genuine. As ever, Cowley hits the mark with her audience.

North & South Magazine

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