We have started a new class book called Jonty and Choc. Jonty and Choc is a NZ novel written by award-winning author Vince Ford. The story is told in easy to understand language and readers will relate to the relaxed lingo used by the author. Both main characters are hugely likeable and the problems that they face will be easily understood by readers, as all students face change at some time in their schooling. The boys are excited about starting Intermediate but also a little apprehensive about the unknown. Both boys pursue their own interests and activities at Intermediate and the story shows us that we can be individuals with our own interests and still remain friends. The friendship between the boys also crosses cultural barriers, as Choc is Maori and Jonty is a white South African. The boys have very different home lives and backgrounds and Jonty's mother doesn't approve of the friendship, but despite this, the friendship survives.