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Where the Crickets Sing (Book 3 - The Barn Chronicles)





Going on the pony trek to the beach is a dream come true for twelve-year-old Milly— trekking over high hills, swimming Peony in the sea, galloping along the beach. But when tragedy strikes, the excitement turns to tears.


Adventures, dramas, laughter and some tears are all part of the rich tapestry of the Boom family’s third year of living in their ninety-year-old barn. Milly’s days are full to the brim as she cares for her animals, milks her cow, enjoys adventures with her brothers and sisters, and helps Mum and Dad build the new family home. She is as happy as a cricket. But that doesn’t stop her lying awake at night, dreaming of hitching Peony to a wagon, climbing into the high wagon seat and picking up the reins……


Where the Crickets Sing by Rosie Boom is a warm-hearted, engaging  book for the whole family to enjoy. The third book in the multi-award-winning series, The Barn Chronicles, it invites readers to join the Boom family in another year of homesteading in rural New Zealand.

The first book in the series, Where Lions Roar at Night, won the 2010 CALEB prize for Best Children’s Book, and the sequel, Where Arrows Fly, was awarded the same prize in 2011.

Where the Crickets Sing (Book 3 - The Barn Chronicles)

  • Where the Crickets Sing is printed with a hard cover and navy cloth spine; 283 pages and over 90 pencil illustrations.

  • “There is something about reading of life in the Boom’s barn that creates the warmest of family bonds. I can’t really describe it, but it’s there.” Veronica, mother

    “Destined to be a classic.” Peter Harris, author

    “A lovely family read that will keep young adventurers, boy and girl, riveted to the page.” Jenny Waldron, mother

    “The Barn Chronicles are the best books I have ever read! They are full of fun, adventures, celebrations, broken legs, and heaps more! I would love to live in a barn like that and live on that property with a river, animals, swings, eels and everything else!” Maria, 10

    “Full of family high-jinks and laughter.” Sandra, mother

    “A modern-day ‘Little House on the Prairie’ – and every bit as charming as that classic. My daughter was just spellbound as we read The Barn Chronicles. Though they were family read-alouds she kept sneaking off with them to read ahead.  In an era where wholesome, fun children’s novels are increasingly hard to come by, this series is a gem.” Lisa Taylor, author

    Where the Crickets Sing is a fabulous book! It’s packed full of adventures, fun times, and even more so chocked full of animals!!! It’s the best book ever! (and the two other books before it!) Keep writing more books because I can’t wait to read the next one!” Melanie Pinkney, 10

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