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  • Published: 2 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772453
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

Wildboy

The boy who walked around New Zealand


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Written for children, this is the true adventure of teenager Brando Yelavich, aka ‘Wildboy’, who walked 8000km around the coastline of New Zealand and changed his life for the better.

I had a really BIG dream.
I wanted to go on a MASSIVE adventure!

This is the true story of Brando Yelavich, also known as Wildboy, who slept in a tent, hunted and fished for his food and came up close to seals and sharks on his 8000 km journey around the coast of New Zealand. His epic story will capture the imagination of any kid who, like Brando, longs for adventure in the great outdoors.

Throughout the book readers will fall in love with the amazing scenery and enjoy spotting the New Zealand wildlife. And they'll have loads of fun finding the compass hidden on every page!

  • Pub date: 2 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772453
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Brando Yelavich

Brando Yelavich was born in Auckland where he spent most of his school years, slowly falling off the rails. A life-changing journey taught him much about life and gave him the foundations to grow into a successful explorer and motivational speaker. In 2015 he published a bestselling memoir, Wildboy: An Epic Trek around the Coast of New Zealand and his follow up, To the Edge and Back, was published in 2017. You can follow Brando at Wildboyadventures.com

Donella Yelavich

Donella Yelavich is an artist and event stylist based in Waimauku, Auckland. She was very excited to be able to illustrate her first children's book relaying the story of her son's great adventure into the wild.


Praise for Wildboy

“Brando retells his epic adventure for younger book lovers...The fun, lively illustrations by his mother Donella Yelavich will capture the imagination of all younger readers.”

Northern Advocate

“With gorgeous illustrations from his mum, the book chronicles Brando’s epic journey and has a hidden compass on every page. By his own admission, Brando was going off the rails as a teenager in Auckland before his coming-of-age feat. Certainly he has an inspirational message for boys on the brink who want to tap their inner wild.”

Peter Shand, Whangarei Report


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