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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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Obituary — Margaret Mahy

Margaret Mahy  1936-2012 The three most intelligent people I’ve known: Margaret Mahy, Ted Rye, Maurice Duggan, all storytellers, all dead. In them, the torrents of intellect and imagination came together like the staff of Hermes with its twining snakes Knowledge…
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Grappling with the world, Jill Holt

Dirt Bomb Fleur Beale Random House, $19.95, ISBN 9781869795467   The Bridge Jane Higgins The Text Publishing Company, $26.00, ISBN 9781921758331   Calling the Gods  Jack Lasenby HarperCollins, $24.99, ISBN 9781869509484   These three novels shortlisted for the senior fiction…
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No holds barred, Joan de Hamel

Too Many Secrets Adele Broadbent HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869508562 Smiling Jack  Ken Catran HarperCollins, $22.99, ISBN 9781 869508128 The Haystack Jack Lasenby HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869508524 Into the Wilderness Mandy Hager Random House, $19.99, ISBN 9781869793296 Adele Broadbent is an…
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Debuts and returns, Linda Burgess

Enemy at the Gate  Philippa Werry Scholastic New Zealand, $17.99  ISBN 9781869438135 Old Drumble  Jack Lasenby  HarperCollins, $16.99, ISBN 978169506742 Chicken Feathers  Joy Cowley and David Elliot (illus) Puffin Books, $17.95, ISBN 9780143303909 Five (and a bit) Days in the…
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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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Children’s fiction Wilderness tips, Kathryn Walls

The Tears of Harry Wakatipu Jack Lasenby Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 1877361437 Stories about individuals surviving in the wilderness have a long history. The Old Testament represents the wilderness as the place of escape from the oppression and corruption of…
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Surviving, Joan de Hamel

Walking Lightly  Fleur Beale, illustrations by Michaela Sangl Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783906 My Story: A New Song in the Land – The Writings of Atapo, Paihia, c 1840  Fleur Beale Scholastic, $16.99, ISBN 1869436113 Robert Moran – Private Ken…
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Previously unthought ways, Stephanie Johnson

These Lives I Have Buried Lindsay Rabbitt Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251452 What Makes A Teacher?  Jack Lasenby Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251444 Ghost Who Writes Martin Edmond Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251436 A directive for enjoying…
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History to mystery, Barbara Murison

Juggling with Mandarins V M Jones HarperCollins, $16.99, ISBN 1869504623 The Serpents of Arakesh V M Jones HarperCollins, $14.99, ISBN 1869504771 My Story – Journey to Tangiwai David Hill Scholastic New Zealand, $15.95, ISBN 1869434994 Aunt Effie’s Ark Jack Lasenby…
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