‘Battle at the Gate’ by Jenny Jenkins
Jenny Jenkins, a homeschooling mother of 7, has had a children’s history story published by Penguin. Titled ‘Battle at the Gate’, it’s about a young Maori woman, Heni, who was in a pa in Tauranga when it was attacked by British soldiers. The Maori, most of whom were Christians, defeated the British although outnumbered almost ten to one. Late that night Heni heard a British soldier calling for water. She filled a can with water and took it out to him, putting herself in serious danger of being shot by wounded soldiers who were expecting to be killed.
This story captivates children, being a mixture of fast action and moments of kindness, yet still holding the tension to the end. It is an excellent story to use for Bible and Schools classes and after school clubs. Check out Jenny’s Website