#LoveNZYA Throwback Thursday (#2)

Throwback Thursday edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Kiwi books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book every second week, and we'd love you to join us!

Brooklynne's pick

Title: Under The Mountain
Author: Maurice Gee
Released: 1979
Publisher: Awesome Publisher
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Beneath the extinct volcanoes surrounding the city, giant creatures are waking from a spellbound sleep that has lasted thousands of years. Their goal is the destruction of the world.

Rachel and Theo Matheson are twins. Apart from having red hair, there is nothing remarkable about them - or so they think. They are horrified to discover that they have a strange and awesome destiny. Only the Matheson twins can save the world from the terror of what is under the mountain.

why i chose it

With this Throwback Thursday we are throwing all the way back 40 years. Under the Mountain is a classic New Zealand middle grade/young adult novel that has horrified many young kiwis. I love how mature it treats young readers, with consequences and not shying away from horror.  The villainous aliens that the Matheson's have to beat are truly terrifying at times.

Overall this book ages well, with the lack of technology barely noticeable. Rally only the freedom that these 11-year-olds have to wander about or come in past midnight with only a minor reprimand shows the age.

If you haven't yet read this great book you really should check it out, as well as the excellent 2019 movie adaptation.

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