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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!


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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