It's the 1930s Depression, and Maggie is growing up without a mother in the little Waikato dairying township of Waharoa. Maggie has to make do with her father's friends, neighbours and an old biddy who should know better but can't help herself. Maggie torments the boy down the road, sets fire to the dunny, helps with half the district to build a haystack, and sees the tragedy of unemployment.
Along the way, Maggie makes new friends and receives kindness and help in learning what a girl needs to know.
Fianalist for 2011 New Zealand Post Children's book awards.
Jack Lasenby lives in Wellington and has written many books about Waharoa, where he grew up in the olden days. His last book, Old Drumble, won the 2009 NZ Post Junior Fiction Award.