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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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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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Posted in Children, Literature, Review

Resource and recreation, Andrew Erueti

The Struggle for Māori Fishing Rights: Te Ika a Māori  Brian Bargh Huia, $45.00, ISBN 9781775501961 Te Matau a Maui: Fish-hooks, Fishing and Fisheries in New Zealand Chris Paulin with Mark Fenwick fishHook Publications, $50.00, ISBN 9780473328696 Māori have ownership…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Powerful peace, Robert Sullivan

Te Whiti o Rongomai and the Resistance of Parihaka Danny Keenan Huia, $45.00, ISBN 9781775501954 This account of the non-violent resistance movement founded by the prophets Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi at the Taranaki settlement of Parihaka begins…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review, War

Devouring the monster within, Jon Johansson

Crossing the Floor: The Story of Tariana Turia Helen Leahy Huia, $45.00, ISBN 9781775501633 In Helen Leahy’s Crossing the Floor: The Story of Tariana Turia, a tale is told about Tūtaeporoporo, a taniwha taking the form of a shark. Tūtaeporoporo…
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Walking in more than one world, Paula Morris

Being Chinese Helene Wong Bridget Williams Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780947492380 Going Places: Migration, Economics and the Future of New Zealand Julie Fry and Hayden Glass BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9780947492694 The First Migration: Maori Origins 3000 BC – AD 1450…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

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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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, YA Reviewers, Young adults

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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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Alternate lives, Louise O’Brien

Don Vicente’s Daughter and Other Stories John Parkyn Oceanbooks, price unavailable, ISBN 978192715012 All the Voices Cry  Alice Petersen Biblioasis, $15.95, ISBN 978196845524  Ancestry Albert Wendt Huia, $35.00, ISBN 9781775500377 John Parkyn’s first volume of short stories, Don Vicente’s Daughter…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

Literary litmus tests, Siobhan Harvey

Dark Jelly  Alice Tawhai Huia, $30.00, ISBN 9781869694760   The Desolation Angel Tim Wilson Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864736482   Bird North and Other Stories Breton Dukes Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864736901   More than any other literary…
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