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Bringing the front line home, Sarah Dickson

Evie’s War  Anna MacKenzie Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775537656 Anna Mackenzie’s book gives the reader an insight into WWI through the perspective of Evie, an 18-year-old New Zealander living in England. Shortly after her family arrives there for their tour of…
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“thethrillingalchemy”, Emma Martin

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle Kate De Goldi Longacre, $30.00, ISBN 9781775535768 Kate De Goldi’s writing for children and young adults has been acclaimed for its vibrancy and verisimilitude. De Goldi often takes the reader into psychologically complex…
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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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Reading, writing and arithmetic, Barbara Else

Speed of Light Joy Cowley Gecko Press, $20.00, ISBN 9781877579936 Teddy One-Eye: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear Gavin Bishop Random House, $35.00, ISBN 9781775537274 The ACB with Honora Lee Kate De Goldi (drawings by Gregory O’Brien) Longacre, $25.00, ISBN…
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Hormones and hedges David Hill

Into the River Ted Dawe Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775536048 Dappled Annie and the Tigrish Mary McCallum (Annie Hayward illus) Gecko Press, $20.00, ISBN 9781877579912 Anyone present when Into the River won the Senior Fiction and Book of the Year categories…
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Cloaks and generic proper nouns, David Hill

A Necklace of Souls R L Stedman HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9781775540069 Ghosts of Parihaka David Hair HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9781869509233 Cattra’s Legacy Anna MacKenzie Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775533184 Phantom of Terawhiti Des Hunt HarperCollins, $20.00, ISBN 9781869509545 Whenever I’m taking…
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Myth making, Angelina Sbroma

The Enchanted Flute James Norcliffe Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781869799267   Heart of Danger Fleur Beale Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781869795436   In The Enchanted Flute, James Norcliffe (author of the celebrated Loblolly Boy series) makes classical myth the source and…
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The light and the dark, Geoffrey Miles

The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer James Norcliffe Longacre, $19.99, ISBN 9781877460692   Sacrifice Joanna Orwin HarperCollins, $26.99, ISBN 9781869509125   It’s rare for a modern children’s writer to create a really original fantasy creature, but James Norcliffe achieved it…
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A magical innings, Harry Ricketts

The Last Everyday Hero: The Bert Sutcliffe Story Richard Boock Longacre, $39.99, ISBN 9781877460555   Cricket addicts like myself love games like “Who was the greatest New Zealand batsman?” Most shortlists usually boil down to Martin Donnelly, Bert Sutcliffe, Glenn…
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Past and future worlds, Rose Lovell-Smith

Ebony Hill  Anna Mackenzie Longacre, $19.99, ISBN 9781877460487   Blood Lines  T K Roxborogh Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143205050   Both these books are sequels to earlier publications honoured by the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and by other…
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