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What they wrote A taste of contributor comments over our first 20 years   On New Zealand Books My hope is that New Zealand Books will provide a forum for frank discussion that dares to rise above the suffocating confines…
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Saving their world, Diane Hebley

Just Jack Adele Broadbent HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869508869 The Peco Incident Des Hunt HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869508968 The Travelling Restaurant: Jasper’s Voyage in Three Parts Barbara Else Gecko Press, $24.99, ISBN 9781877467776 Nina Questor: The Battle Has Begun Ken Catran…
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Flights of fancy, Diane Hebley

Sting Raymond Huber Walker Books, $16.99, ISBN 9781921150890 The Strange and Diverting Story of The Loblolly Boy: A Fantasy Novel Involving Enchantment, Mystery, one Garden Gnome and a Wombat’s Bottom James Norcliffe Longacre Press, $19.99, ISBN 9781877460258 Return for the…
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Becoming someone else, Diane Hebley

Tomorrow All Will Be Beautiful Brigid Lowry Allen and Unwin, $19.99, ISBN 9781741751604 The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves Fleur Beale Random House, $19.99, ISBN 9781869418366 Duet David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $17.00,  ISBN 9781877423062 Full marks to the three well-established authors…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

The amazonian element, Diane Hebley

The Apple Tree and other stories Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $29.95, ISBN 0908783469 Scarface Claw Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783620 Baby Bumble and the Sock Pirates Vivienne Joseph, illustrated by Ruth Paul Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783507 Nanny…
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Traditional patterning, Diane Hebley

Children’s books The long history of story has inevitably established the effectiveness of traditional patterns. Among the 1997 crop of picture books, though illustrators often choose modern styles, most texts are structured traditionally, giving circularity in a promised repeat performance…
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Proving the definition, Diane Hebley

Young adult fiction exists — that has been accepted for over two decades. Its classification depends almost solely on the viewpoint of its young adult protagonists towards their concerns: friends, family, sexual relationships and sometimes the world at large. This…
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Sponsorship critical but…  Diane Hebley

What has toothpaste got to do with children’s books? Much brightening and enlightening if you put the word AIM in front of Children’s Book Awards. From 1990-95 the marketers of AIM toothpaste have sponsored these annual awards (this year New…
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Cheap Christmases, Diane Hebley

Owning books is part of the pleasure principle that brings children a lifetime’s development in the understanding of mysteries and complications in the human condition. Children who own books establish long-term relationships with book-creators through frequent rereadings — something much…
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Compulsive reading, Diane Hebley

Shaking the Bee Tree Dennis McEldowney, Auckland University Press, $29.95 Almost as much autobiography as biography, Dennis McEldowney’s Shaking the Bee Tree is essentially a fascinating love story made possible by modern surgery. Since both he and his subject, Zoë…
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