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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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What’s a New Zealand novel? Sue Esterman

Enemy Camp  David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143309123 Lullaby Bernard Beckett Text, $26.00, ISBN 9781922182753 Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder Rudy Castaneda Lopez Escalator Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473295691 It has been interesting to read three such different but compelling books.…
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“thethrillingalchemy”, Emma Martin

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle Kate De Goldi Longacre, $30.00, ISBN 9781775535768 Kate De Goldi’s writing for children and young adults has been acclaimed for its vibrancy and verisimilitude. De Goldi often takes the reader into psychologically complex…
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Tourism and real life, Abby Loader and Abby Simpson

Bugs Whiti Hereaka Huia, $25.00, ISBN 9781775501336 Bugs, by Whiti Hereaka, is an honest narrative that confronts the reader with the everyday life of Bugs, “as in bunny”. Sixteen-year-old Bugs is struggling to hold onto childhood pal Jez, as he…
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Distance and familiarity, Lucy Prestidge 

To the Is-Land Janet Frame Random House, $30.00, ISBN 9781869411305 The first volume of Janet Frame’s autobiography was initially a bit daunting to me. Not only because it’s the work of one of New Zealand’s most celebrated writers, but because…
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At the whim of larger, terrifying forces, Angelina Sbroma

The Deadly Sky David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143308157 The Red Suitcase Jill Harris Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780994106902 Spark Rachael Craw Walker, $22.00, ISBN 9781922179623 David Hill’s The Deadly Sky is set in 1974, when the nuclear proliferation of…
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Boys’ own adventures, Tina Shaw

Singing Home the Whale Mandy Hager Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781775536574 Magic and Makutu David Hair HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9781869509330 If these two titles are anything to go by, New Zealand young adult fiction is in good shape. These are…
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Sex-free romance and YA cred, Paula Morris

Bugs Whiti Hereaka Huia, $25.00, ISBN 9781775501336 When We Wake Karen Healey Allen & Unwin, $22.00, ISBN 9781742378084 Awakening Natalie King Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143570790 Bugs, the eponymous protagonist of Whiti Hereaka’s first YA novel, is unimpressed with much of…
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Hormones and hedges David Hill

Into the River Ted Dawe Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775536048 Dappled Annie and the Tigrish Mary McCallum (Annie Hayward illus) Gecko Press, $20.00, ISBN 9781877579912 Anyone present when Into the River won the Senior Fiction and Book of the Year categories…
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