Sadly, author Adrienne Frater died early this year, after a battle with cancer. She has previously published novels and stories in the NZ School Journal as well as a collection of short stories. She is a descendant of Ada Hannam and the character of Jack is based on her father.
SS Penguin SOS
About the Book
Set in New Zealand in the 20’s / 30’s , a young boy goes to live with his aunt and cousin following the death of his father. He begins work on a school history project which uncovers a family tragedy and a hero in the household.
Based on the true sinking of the SS Penguin, a sometimes forgotten NZ maritime disaster, and on the reallife heroine of the day, Ada Hannan.
Free Teachers Notes
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Resource
RNZ news and audio link: information available at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision about the sinking of SS Penguin