Author(s): Diana Noonan
When a conservation expert visits their school, Marrick and Jessie discover that a rare parakeet is living right under their noses. But they aren't the only ones interested in the parakeet. The rare bird is highly prized by poachers. When the pair discover a strange boat in the forest's cove, their adventure takes a scary turn ...
Diana Noonan has published over 100 titles for young people of all ages. Her publications include novels, picture books, short stories, plays and poems. She has also written and directed a short film. Her books have won numerous awards, including the 1994 Aim Children's Book Award for Best Junior Fiction. She has also had four titles shortlisted for New Zealand children's literature prizes, and one for the Australian Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature. Other novels by Diana Noonan in the Nitty Gritty Series include Come Down, Golden (level 0), Flight From Ledron (level 2) and Win! Win! (level 3).