New Zealand Story - Quake Canterbury
MADDY IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER, CREATED BY THE AUTHOR, AND HER STORY IS A WORK OF FICTION BASED ON ACTUAL HISTORICAL EVENTS. IT IS WRITTEN AS MADDYS DAILY DIARY.
A BOOK REVIEW BY: LAURA MATHER.
Maddy is an eleven year old girl that lives in
She and her best friend Laura were really close; Laura went to Maddys house almost everyday! In their class there were two really mean girls called Zoë and Bettina. Laura and Maddy were doing singing cup! And Zoë and Bettina were their rivals! Maddy and Laura were worrying about the singing cup because if they lose they will have to put up with Zoë and Bettina skiting for the rest of the term but… Maddy and the rest of Christchurch experiences one of the “worst days” of their lives on the 4th of September 2010, when a massive earthquake hit Christchurch! As Maddy navigates the bumps and crashes of life after the big quakes, she discovers that Laura was moving to Timaru! She didn’t know what to do but when Zoë’s best friend Bettina moves away too, they both find friendship in the most unlikely places!
What I liked about the book was it was set out as a daily diary which made it easy to pick up the story line after putting it down. Also, I could relate to the story because Oamaru felt the earthquakes and because it didn’t happen in
, it happened 3 hours away. I also felt that I could relate to what Maddy was going through because she is a similar age to me. There was nothing that I did not like about the book. America
The author isn’t telling a story it actually happened, that’s why I think it’s a good message. It tells us you never know when a big disaster is about to happen like an earthquake. Maddys house didn’t fall down or get red zoned but Laura’s house and Maddy’s uncle and auntie’s house were, so they had a lot of people living with them! They went though a rough time.
I recommend this book to people who felt the earthquake or were interested about it when it was on the news, I really enjoyed reading this book and it was quite sad at times, but I enjoyed it!