The Barn Chronicles
THE BARN CHRONICLES
WHERE LIONS ROAR AT NIGHT – WINNER 2010 AUSTRALASIAN CALEB PRIZE FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK
WHERE ARROWS FLY – WINNER 2011 AUSTRALASIAN CALEB PRIZE FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK
WHERE THE CRICKETS SING - WINNER 2012 CSP INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD, CHILDREN’S CATEGORY 8-12 YEARS; FINALIST 2012 AUSTRALASIAN CALEB PRIZE FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK
WHERE THE RIVER RISES – WINNER 2013 CSP INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD, CHILDREN’S CATEGORY 8-12 YEARS
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The Barn Chronicles is a work in progress – actually we are still living it! It is a series of four books that tell the story of our family’s move to the country and our attempt to simplify our lifestyle as we live in a 90-year-old barn in rural Northland, New Zealand. They relate our dramas and adventures, mistakes, fun, laughter and tears. The books are written through the eyes of Milly, who was ten when we moved into the barn. She is a feisty, plucky girl who loves adventures and animals. She has gathered an ever-growing menagerie around her – chickens, Indian Runner ducks, a horse, a house cow … life is never dull with Milly around!
Where Lions Roar at Night and Where Arrows Fly were published in 2008 and 2010. Where the Crickets Sing was published in 2012. The final book of the series, Where the River Rises was released in November 2013.
I remember the joy of listening to my dad read to us by tilley light in Papua New Guinea, and how we begged him each night to keep reading. I’m sure that reading together as a family is one of the loveliest things we can do together, and so my heartfelt desire as I write these books is that they will help draw your family closer as you enjoy them together. I wrote The Barn Chronicles as a read aloud for families to enjoy together, and many folk have written back to say that all their children have enjoyed the books – from little ones right up to Grandpa who lives at home with them.
“Our eldest is four and he loves Where Lions Roar at Night. Pure, real, tangible, sense enhancing reading.” ~ Fleur, mother
“Thank you so much for writing such an amazing book. I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours and have begun reading it to our children. We also have 6 children and just that fact alone hooked them in, but I was totally incredulous at the fact that I had them all begging for me to keep reading, my children NEVER do that!!!, they often find reading time is not their favourite time of the day as they would rather be out exploring like the children in the story. My husband marvelled at the fact that the children all sat perfectly still and didn’t make a peep during reading last night. And “Poppa” (Grandad) was just as drawn in and wants to find out what happens next. We can’t wait for the sequel (oh we do so hope there is one!) I was actually one of the blessed people to win your book the other day on Radio Rhema so I am so very grateful. Thank you for finally giving my children a reason to look forward to reading time. We can’t wait for the sequel (oh we do so hope there is one)” - Jacqui. Mother
The Boom Family
From left to right: Blossom the house cow, Milly 14, Kate 20, Josiah 21, Samuel 12, Jacob 11, Rose and Pharaoh 28 (the horse, not me!), Eliza 17, Chris and Angel our rough haired Jack Russell.