Dear America Wiki
Advertisement
Dear America Wiki

A New Song in the Land: The Writings of Atapo is the sixth book in the My New Zealand Story series. It was written by Fleur Beale. The book was first published on September 21, 2004 and was followed by Below the Mountains. It was republished as Mission Girl in July 2010 and February 2020.

Dedication[]

Book description[]

""Even though you are a prisoner, a slave now, you are the descendant of chiefs. Never forget..."
When her tribe is defeated in battle, Atapo is captured and becomes a slave of her enemies. Freedom seems impossible; the penalty for runaway slaves is death. But when sickness strikes the village, Atapo is blamed–and now it is more dangerous to stay.
To save her life, she escapes to the Pakeha mission station at Paihia. There, Atapo is taught to read and write, and learns of the threat to Maori by some unscrupulous settlers greedy for land.
Against the backdrop of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Atapo discovers how her education can save her tribal lands and help her reclaim her destiny as the guiding star of her people.
"

"Paihia, c. 1840
Against the backdrop of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Atapō discovers how her education can save her tribal lands and help reclaim her destiny as the guiding star of her people.

"Even though you are a prisoner, a slave now, you are the descendant of chiefs. Never forget..."
When her tribe is defeated in battle, Atapō is captured and becomes a slave of her enemies. Freedom seems impossible; the penalty for runaway slaves is death. But when sickness strikes the village, Atapō is blamed - and now it is more dangerous to stay.
To save her life, she escapes to the Pākehā mission station at Paihia. There, Atapō is taught to read and write, and learns of the threat to Māori by some unscrupulous settlers greedy for land.
"

Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of A New Song in the Land characters
  • Atapo

Author[]

Main article: Fleur Beale

Editions[]

Awards[]

Acknowledgments[]

Notes[]

  • Minky Stapleton illustrated the cover of the third edition, titled Mission Girl.[6]

References[]

See also[]

Resources:
File:A New Song in Land Teacher Notes.pdf, File:Mission Girl (2020) Information Sheet.pdf, File:Mission Girl (2020) Teacher Notes.pdf



My New Zealand Story navigation
← Publication →
Earthquake! Below the Mountains
← Chronology →
Land of Promise Finding Father
Advertisement