The Red Suitcase
A terrorist bomb has forced Ruth's family to leave Indonesia and return to Takapuna Beach, Auckland, where she desperately tries to establish a life at her new school. But instead she finds herself inexplicably sharing the exploits of a mysterious airman who went missing during World War II. The only person who makes any sense of what's happening to Ruth is physics geek Thomas Barnard - he knows something about the slippery nature of time. Help also comes from Ruth's old friend Sally, who has a mysterious problem of her own. An exciting story about a war that won't go away, the uncertainties of peace and the need for friends to make sense of both. This is the fourth novel by award-winning writer, Jill Harris.
Jill Harris is the author of: Sil (Longacre Press, 2005), which won an Honour Award in the 2006 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards and was listed as a 2006 Storylines NZ Notable Book; Missing Toby (Longacre Press, 2007); and At the Lake (HarperCollins, 2011), a 2012 Storylines NZ Notable Book. Jill grew up in Takapuna, North Shore, New Zealand, spending a lot of her childhood swimming, boating, fishing and reading. She worked as a teacher and a librarian including three years teaching English in central Java, retiring to write children's fiction, poetry and liturgies. She has two adult sons and four grandchildren, and lives with her husband in Eastbourne, Wellington. Jill's books grow out of a commitment to the power of stories, music and the natural world. She thinks that a novel for children and young adults should be a rattling good yarn.