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War for all of us, Judith Holloway

The Bantam and the Soldier Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton Scholastic New Zealand, $21.95 ISBN 186943 1553 Modern New Zealand child to great-grandmother: Why was Pop wearing these clothes in this photo? Gran: That’s his uniform. When he was…
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A little too obvious, Judith Holloway

Take it Easy David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $19.95, ISBN 0 908783 043 Kick Back David Hill Ashton Scholastic, $9.95, ISBN 1869432207 Curtain Up David Hill Heinemann Education, $14.95, ISBN 1868636908 See Ya, Simon David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $21.95, ISBN 0…
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A fat boy, a creek and personal responsibility, Judith Holloway

Maurice Gee’s latest children’s novel, The Fat Man, this year won the AIM Children’s Book of the Year award, the AIM Junior Fiction award and the Esther Glen award (which is made annually by the Library Association for the most…
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Tall tales and truths from an underrated writer, Judith Holloway

Dead Man’s Head Jack Lasenby McIndoe, $18.95 There is a special category of books written about the world of children which are, on the whole, written for children to read (or to have read to them) but whose themes, originality…
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