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1st Place Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2014:
Cultural Diversity, Interior Design and Best Cover Design Paperback

210 x 277mm, 40pp Cover: Laminate gloss, embossed title, gold foil effects ISBN: 978-0-473-29775-6

Eeling was common in the 1960s and '70s when eels were large and plentiful in New Zealand. Learn about how New Zealand’s remarkable native longfin eel is now threatened and needs our protection.


Every Kiwi kid needs a copy of this book, about going on an eel hunt. With weapons and sacks the family set off on an adventure but things don't go quite to plan...Linda Hall, Hawkes Bay Today

The well-honed team of Jennifer Somervell and sister-illustrator Margery Fern have captured this rite-of-passage event at night on the upper Manawatu River. Bob Docherty, Children and Young Adults Book Reviews https://bobsbooksnz.wordpress.com/tag/farm-life/

As a long-time eel-whisperer and old fashioned outdoor girl, I fell in love with this book as soon as I opened it. My heart sang as I came to the end of The Eel Hunt' and found the wonderful real life story of New Zealand longfin eels and how we can work together to preserve them. Dianne Farrell, Reviewer for the Waikato Times

My boys loved your story and we have read it now a few times at home (which is always a good test as I am sure your kids do when they like a book we hear it lots!). It is a great NZ childhood story that will spark memories of many parents’ childhood experiences. It is fantastic that you have included the information about eels in NZ so that people can understand the plight of them and our worries for them, and how people can help. The more people understand about our amazing native fish and rivers the better we can protect them into the future. Sjaan Bowie, Freshwater Technical Advisor, Department of Conservation, Christchurch

"An awesome New Zealand adventure!" Nadene Hall New Zealand Lifestyle Block

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Hawkes Bay Today June, 2015

The Tribune, Nov 2014

Hawkes Bay Today / December 2014