The Deadly Sky
"It's 1974, and a dark, cold New Zealand winter. So when Darryl's mum announces she is going to the remote Pacific island of Mangareva for work, and she's taking him with her, he is thrilled. But even as Darryl soaks up the warmth and peaceful beauty of French Polynesia, his holi... read full description below.
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The plane bucked sideways, flinging Darryl against the cabin wall. It plunged vertically, jolted so hard that his teeth clacked together, then started skidding downwards through the sky. The screams rose to a frenzy. Then Darryl felt the aircraft turning, swinging towards the right. They were heading towards Mururoa. And towards the nuclear bomb waiting there. The bomb due to explode in fifty-seven minutes.
It's 1974, and a dark, cold New Zealand winter. So when Darryl's mum announces she is going to the remote Pacific island of Mangareva for work, and she's taking him with her, he is thrilled. But even as Darryl soaks up the warmth and idyllic beauty of French Polynesia, his holiday is darkened by ugly anti-nuclear protests. And then there's Alicia. She might be smart and beautiful, but her angry opposition to the bomb is really getting on his nerves. And something - or someone - else seems to be troubling her.
As Darryl boards Flight 766 he is about to face a terrifying test, and there will be no more time for apathy .
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David Hill spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Napier. He studied at Victoria University and became a high school teacher, teaching both in New Zealand and the UK. He became a full-time writer in 1982 and is one of this country's most highly regarded authors for children and young people. David's books have been published internationally and rights of earlier titles have been sold to Germany, France, the UK, Japan, Korea, Slovenia and China. David has won several awards for his writing in New Zealand and overseas, including the Times Educational Supplement Nasen Award for See Ya, Simon. He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. My Brother's War, published by Penguin in 2012, won the Junior Fiction and Children's Choice Junior Fiction award categories at the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.