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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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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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Hurtling along, armed with a map, Eirlys Hunter

Soup and Bread Nōnen Títi Nōnen Títi, $25.00, ISBN 9780994107732 The Pirates and the Nightmaker James Norcliffe Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775537694 The Volume of Possible Endings: A Tale of Fontania Barbara Else Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927271377 Two of these…
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Boy germs, Eirlys Hunter

The Flytrap Snaps Johanna Knox and Sabrina Malcolm (illus) Hinterland Press, $22.00, ISBN 9780473179960   Just Jack Adele Broadbent HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869508869   Super Finn Leonie Agnew Scholastic, $19.50, ISBN 9781869439996   The Puffin Books of my childhood carried…
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Ephemera and treasure, Eirlys Hunter

The Wonky Donkey Craig Smith, music Craig Smith, illustrations Katz Cowley Scholastic, $24.99, ISBN 9781869439262 Old Hu-hu/Huhu Koroheke Kyle Mewburn, illustrations Rachel Driscoll Maori text Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira Scholastic, $18.99, ISBN 9781869435189 / 9781869438975 Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig Goes to…
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Ways of being in the world, Eirlys Hunter

When Mum Went Funny Jack Lasenby Longacre Press, $16.99, ISBN 1877361534 The Whizbanger That Emmental Built Reuben Schwarz Puffin, $17.95, ISBN 0143318381 Chute Thru Janice Marriott Mallinson Rendel, $17.00, ISBN 0958262632 Thor’s Tale: Endurance & Adventure in the Southern Ocean …
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Primitive satisfaction, Norman Bilbrough

The Real Thing Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783825 Seal Boy Ken Catran Random, $16.95, ISBN 1869416112 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?  Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN 1877135976 Colin Goes Bush Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN…
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Torch under the duvet, Eirlys Hunter

Red Dog in Bandit Country – A true story Bill Redding (as told to Fleur Beale) Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 187713581X Watermark Penelope Todd Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 1877135836 Thunder Road Ted Dawe Longacre Press, $18.95, ISBN 1877135879 Two of…
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Laying ghost, Laura Kroetsch

Haunt Bronwyn Bannister Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877133841 Between Black and White Eirlys Hunter Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414284 I find that when reading a first novel I often flick to the little publisher logo on the spine. I acknowledge…
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