New Zealand Children's writer, Joy Cowley will be supporting the New Zealand as Guest of Honour programme at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Her book Snake and Lizard (deutscher Titel: Schlange und Eidechs) was published in Germany this year. In 1984 her novel The Silent One, was made into a film.
The Silent One is a mythological children's drama about the relationship between a deaf mute boy and a rare white turtle. The boy's differences lead to suspicion from his Rarotongan village. When the village suffers drought, and then a devastating storm, the boy is blamed. A turtle, also considered an ill omen, befriends the boy. They are hunted and and ultimately ostracised.
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