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Through her spirited and heartfelt diary entries, we join Sofia as she navigates life in 1970s New Zealand. She is a typical 13-year-old girl: her main worries are how to get some groovy go-go boots, and how not to die of embarrassment giving a speech at school!
But when her older brother starts talking about protest and overstayers, and how Pacific Islanders are being bullied by the police, a shadow is cast over her sunny teenage days. We experience the terror of being dawn-raided, and gain an insight into the courageous and tireless work of the Polynesian Panthers as they encourage immigrant families across New Zealand to stand up for their rights.
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