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Hunting down the story, Norman Bilbrough

A Friend in Paradise Des Hunt HarperCollins, $14.95, ISBN 1869504429 Henry and the Flea Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783779 The Dragon’s Apprentice Linda McNabb HarperCollins, $14.95, ISBN 1869504127 Artists Are Crazy and Other Stories Ken Catran Lothian Books,…
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Why bother, Anna Jackson

Tomorrow the Dark Ken Catran Lothian, $17.95, ISBN 0734404174 The Thin Line V K Joseph Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 090878371X Right Where It Hurts David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $15.95, ISBN 0908783701 Alchemy Margaret Mahy HarperCollins, $14.99, ISBN 0007131356 I’ve been…
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Whizzbangs and big bangs, Fleur Beale

Follow the blue Brigid Lowry Allen & Unwin, $19.95, ISBN 186508400X Letters from the Coffin Trenches Ken Catran Random House, $16.95, ISBN 1869415094 The Sleeper Wakes David Hill Puffin, $15.95, ISBN 0141313242 The High Wind Blows David Hill Puffin, $15.95,…
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Fifty years on Barbara Murison

Three’s a Crowd Penelope Huber Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135267 2MUCH4U Vince Ford Scholastic, $12.95, ISBN 1869434161 Golden Prince Ken Catran Lothian Books, $19.95, ISBN 0734400373 Going for Gold Trevor Wilson Scholastic, $12.95, ISBN 1869434404   Earlier this year I realised…
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Prolific and professional, Norman Bilbrough

Focus and the Death‑Ride; The Ghosts of Triton; Shadow of Phobos, Ken Catran HarperCollins, $14.95 New Zealand children’s writers have come of age. They have reached a maturity that adult fiction writers in this country often fall short of. The…
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Removing the adult voice, Kathryn Walls

Baker’s Dozen Tom Bradley, HarperCollins, $12.95 Saved by Ryan Kane Pauline Cartwright, Ashton Scholastic, $7.95 The Secret of Boomer Lake Ken Catran, HarperCollins, $10.95 The Breakdown Day Dorothy Butler, Ashton Scholastic, $12.95 Tom Bradley’s Baker’s Dozen is a collection of…
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A kiwi space drama, Trevor Agnew

Deepwater Landing Ken Catran, Harper Collins (Tui), $14.95 Ken Catran is the unsung artisan of young adult writing in this country. He has been writing television scripts (Children of the Dog Star), novels (Steel riders) and film scripts (Alex) for…
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