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Teenage territories, Barbara Else

Make a Hard Fist Tina Shaw One Tree House, $20.00, ISBN 9780473421878 Ocean’s Kiss Lani Wendt Young One Tree House, $29.00, ISBN 9780995106741 Legacy Whiti Hereaka Huia, $25.00, ISBN 9781775503347 To state the obvious, one problem with writing young adult…
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Almost too true, Aleksia Drain

Lyla Fleur Beale Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760113780  Lyla is a book written in raw truth. The story begins in a world of homework and the normal everyday life of a young schoolgirl named Lyla. She attends Avonside Girls’…
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Life and death before 20, Angelina Sbroma

Catch Me When You Fall Eileen Merriman Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143770930 Ash Arising Mandy Hager Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143772439 Eileen Merriman’s Catch Me When You Fall – a title that provokes a head-tilt to begin with and that takes multiple…
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Breath-taking, Feya Durkin

Oxygen William Trubridge HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 9781775541134 Oxygen, by William Trubridge, is a breath-taking story about one man’s quest to push his body and mind to the absolute limits. Trubridge is a professional New Zealand freediver, and Oxygen tells the…
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More than just the usual, Flora Fan

Pieces of You  Eileen Merriman Penguin Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9780143770473   Pieces of You is a typical YA coming-of-age novel that surprisingly offers more than a cliché. Not least, it is uniquely set in the familiar setting of Auckland.…
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Wonderful New Zealand everydayness, Caitlin Walker

The Year of Falling Janis Freegard Mākaro Press, $35.00 ISBN 9780994106575 Selina’s life seems perfect. She’s got the job of her dreams, she and her boyfriend have been together for a record 18 months, and she’s got her health under…
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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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Glory or gory? Caitlin Walker

The Bakehouse Joy Cowley Gecko Press, $20.00, ISBN 9781776570072 Viewed from a distance of seventy-plus years, 1943 was history soup, everything mixed up, and it was difficult to separate reality from what he had read or been told. One event,…
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The challenge of being, Tatjana Schaefer

The Falconer’s Daughter N K Ashworth RSVP, $25.00 ISBN 9780987658760 Being Magdalene Fleur Beale Random House, $20.00 ISBN 9781775537670 It almost goes without saying that novels for the young adult or teen reader are about the quest for personal identity.…
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Bringing the front line home, Sarah Dickson

Evie’s War  Anna MacKenzie Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775537656 Anna Mackenzie’s book gives the reader an insight into WWI through the perspective of Evie, an 18-year-old New Zealander living in England. Shortly after her family arrives there for their tour of…
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