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Boys’ own journey, Chris Szekely

The Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty Rhys Darby Scholastic, $18.00, ISBN 9781775434979 Between Adele Broadbent One Tree House, $20.00, ISBN 9780995106420 Slice of Heaven Des O’Leary Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780995109247 I reckon I had the best summer…
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A child’s-eye view, Anna Mackenzie

The Mapmakers’ Race Eirlys Hunter Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776572038 Time Twins Arne Norlin and Sally Astridge Submarine, $25.00, ISBN 9780473406325 Finding David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143772392 The bonds of family and place, seen from an appropriately youthful viewpoint,…
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Giving them what they want, Linda Burgess

Donato and the Cartege Blade Fiona Jordan Mary Egan Publishing, $25.00, ISBN 9780473437367 1918: Broken Poppies Des Hunt Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775432821 How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot Suzanne Main Scholastic, $17.00, ISBN 9781775434801 Dawn Raid Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith…
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Girls galloping horses: unstable identities, Amy Brown

Rainfall Ella West Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760296834 Showtym Adventures: Casper, the Spirited Arabian Kelly Wilson Puffin, $15.00, ISBN 9780143772248 Do You Want to Gallop with Me? Sophie Siers (Judith Trevelyan illus) Millwood Press, $20.00, ISBN 9780473408541 The Gift…
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Back in the day, Gavin McLean

Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too Jane Millton (Deborah Hinde illus) Allen and Unwin, $20.00, ISBN 978877505928 Allis the Little Tractor Sophie Siers (Helen Kerridge illus) Millwood-Heritage Productions, $20.00, ISBN 9780473329594 The Viaduct Postcard Susan Price (Judith Trevelyan…
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Fighting a good fight, Tatjana Schaefer

Flight Path David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143770527 The Traitor and the Thief Gareth Ward Walker Books, $20.00, ISBN 9781925381504 Helper and Helper Joy Cowley (Gavin Bishop illus) Gecko Press, $23.00, ISBN 9781776571055 In this, the last year of the…
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Cliquety-clique? David Hill

Twice Upon a Time James Norcliffe Puffin NZ, $17.00, ISBN 9780143770671 Into the White Joanna Grochowicz Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760293659 Taupo Blows! Doug Wilson Bateman, $19.00, ISBN 9781869539672 Those accusations from a few months back – the ones…
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Truths both bald and stretched, Eirlys Hunter

The Diamond Horse  Stacy Gregg HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9780008124397 Grandad’s Wheelies Jack Lasenby Penguin Random House, $17.00, ISBN 9780143507338 Rona  Chris Szekely Huia, $15.00, ISBN 9781775501985 The Impossible Boy Leonie Agnew Penguin Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9780143309062 Reading fiction allows…
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From a trio of veterans, Anna Mackenzie

The Severed Land Maurice Gee Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143770244 Shooting Stars Brian Falkner Scholastic, $21.00, ISBN 9781775433606 Cool Nukes Des Hunt Scholastic, $20.00, ISBN 9781775433422 As a veteran of more than 50 years, Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand’s…
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Scaring them silly, Linda Burgess

Gladys Goes to War Glyn Harper (Jenny Cooper illus) Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143507208 Speed King David Hill (Phoebe Morris illus) Puffin, $25.00, ISBN 9780143507222 My Grandpa is a Dinosaur Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143507192 Did You…
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