by Donna Blaber
Since Becky arrived in New Zealand recently, she’s felt she is in a foreign country, far from the UK home she knows.
True, her Dad is here, but his focus is on his second wife, Becky’s stepmother, and their baby. She has no friends her own age and the pandemic with its lockdown, and the added complication of the MIQ draw, increases her sense of isolation.
She does, though, have a windsurfer and there's a great local beach where she can use it. Not only does this entertain her, but it presents challenges and leads to a mystery.
The story is a very readable light adventure featuring, as well as the joys of windsurfing, environmental concerns, a dolphin that seems to want to communicate something, and a couple of baddies to add to the intrigue. Add to those, a mystical/magical element – not overdone, so acceptable even to sceptics.
The language is colloquial and chosen for the intended audience of 11 to 14 years – yeah na, chur bro.
Just Keep Going is set in Northland, in the Whangarei-Tutukaka-Ngunguru area.
For those who may need a little help with some terminology, probably overseas readers, there’s a short glossary at the end. The book is attractively produced.
Though Just Keep Going fits into the ‘Just’ series of YA titles, this is a stand-alone book.
Ed note: Just Remember, another title in the series was reviewed by FlaxFlower in August 2021
Author: Donna Blaber
Publisher: Lighthouse Media Group