What do you answer when people say, 'Who was the most important person you've ever known?'...It was Jackson Coop. He changed my life - Jackson and the things that happened in those two weeks. It is summer 1943 in a small New Zealand town, and a wounded American soldier is coming to stay with 12-year-old Rex and his family. Rex is full of expectations, but from the moment Jackson steps down from the bus there are surprises - and how could anyone predict the dramatic events which will unfold in the days to come? Also ...

The Champion 1993, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780671865610

Us edition


The Champion 1990, Penguin Books (NZ), Auckland

ISBN-13: 9780140341607