What could be worse, Matt Turner wonders, than having to leave your parents, friends and the buzz of big city life for a remote rural school that’s so small it only has two classrooms, and two teachers who are married to each other?
The twelve-year old soon finds out that worse things can happen. A school project plunges him into his worst nightmare – he has to make a speech in public.
Matt decides to speak about New Zealand’s First World War pacifist, Archibald Baxter.
But is that a good idea in a district where almost every family has lost someone to war?
LP Hansen reading from An Unexpected Hero (To start listening, click the play button in the centre of the player below.)