How does it feel when your Dad leaves and your mum moves you to a new town with a new school, and you have to make new friends? Who do you trust? That's Harriet's situation in Julie Lamb's Harriet and the Eye of the Bird, from Wellington's Cuba Press.
Julie's last book, The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain won her the best first book award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children in 2017.
The target audience for Harriet and the Eye of the Bird is readers aged 9 to 13. I'm a wee bit older, so I invited my daughter Pearl Amery Zwartz, a true bookworm, to read an extract and discuss the book with Julie.
Julie used to live in the Wairarapa where the book has just been launched, but is now based in Melbourne where we speak to her.