4 Books by D.C. Grant
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Overview: D C Grant started writing at the age of 16 influenced at the time by S E Hinton author of The Outsiders, and knew that she would always be known by her initials. She wrote on and off over the following years, occasionally losing the plot when life got in the way but always mindful that having a book published was on the bucket list. This finally happened in 2007 when her Young Adult book In Too Deep was published by Scholastic NZ Ltd. D C Grant currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand but was born in Manchester, England and lived for twenty years in Durban, South Africa. She lives in a New York style loft apartment with an aging Fox Terrier called Milly and a slightly psychotic cat called Candy.
Genre: Young Adult | Short Stories > New Zealand
In Too Deep: When Josh’s father declares that his business is bankrupt, Josh’s world falls apart. That’s when the nightmares start – the ones in which he’s drowning. Shortly after his father’s announcement, Josh comes to the attention of the school bully, Bevan, who subjects him to a severe beating but Josh refuses to tell anyone who beat him up. He has enough to deal with already without further incurring Bevan’s wrath. When the family home is placed on the market, the family move to the beach house at Piha, West Auckland but even this is up for sale; what’s more Bevan is also living at the beach and determined to make Josh’s life miserable. It doesn’t help that Bevan’s girlfriend is flirting with him and the boy next door wants surfing lessons. The only time that Josh can escape is when he’s surfing but even on the waves there is trouble. Is his recurring nightmare a premonition?
Three Times Dead: What do you do when you have an out of body experience? If you’re like Bevan, you start looking for answers to that age old question – is there life after death? But Bevan’s search brings him closer to death than he really wanted, almost losing his life in a serious car accident. What he does lose, however, is his left leg below the knee. It’s a cruel blow and circumstances are not made any easy by the advent of strange dreams which follow the events of the Waikato War fought in New Zealand in 1863. Bevan attributes these to the strong painkillers but when they continue outside of hospital, Bevan starts to search for answers. Who is the Maori warrior Haki and what is his connection to Bevan? As his life becomes more complicated and events spiral out of his control, Bevan can only find the answers in another time and place.
Where The Flag Floats: Living in docklands of Sydney in1863 means that nimble fingers are of more use to Sam Galloway than being able to read, until his mother dies, leaving him with a watch on which is engraved words he cannot read. Her dying words entreat him to use the watch to find his dead fathers sister in New Zealand. The quest leads him to board HMS Orpheus as a stowaway, little knowing that the royal navy corvette is doomed, destined to be caught in a sandbank at the entrance to the Manukau Harbour. As the ship breaks apart, Sam is thrown into the tumultuous seas with the crewmen, many of whom perish. Will Sam survive to recover the precious watch that connects him to his father and the family he never knew he had? Following the events of New Zealand worst maritime disaster, this adventure story for children gives insights into the shipwreck of HMS Orpheus on the Manukau Bar on 7th February 1863.
What Love Is: Seventeen and pregnant, Gina has some tough decisions to make – should she marry the father of her baby? The former bad boy Bevan, on home detention for robbery, swears he has mended his ways and will care for Gina and their child. But Gina’s own childhood experience of being abandoned by her mother gives her little faith in ‘love’. When her grandmother goes into a rest home, Gina begins to sort through her belongings and finds her Italian great-grandmother’s diary, written during the Second World War, and discovers a disturbing family secret. As she follows the tragic tale in the diary, she starts to understand what love is – will this help her make the right decision?