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A child’s-eye view, Anna Mackenzie

The Mapmakers’ Race Eirlys Hunter Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776572038 Time Twins Arne Norlin and Sally Astridge Submarine, $25.00, ISBN 9780473406325 Finding David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143772392 The bonds of family and place, seen from an appropriately youthful viewpoint,…
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Creating taonga, Trevor Agnew

Maui and other Māori Legends: 8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa Peter Gossage Puffin $40.00, ISBN 9780143309291 What a delight! Maui and other Māori Legends contains eight complete picture books in one handsome hardback, complete with embossed cover, glossary and bookmark…
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Forward to the 1950s, Trevor Agnew

The Adventures of Hutu and Kawa Avis Acres (text and illus) Puffin, $25.00, ISBN 9780143507055 First to the Top: Sir Edmund Hillary’s Everest Adventure David Hill (Phoebe Morris illus) Puffin, $25.00, ISBN 9780143506874 Changing Times: The Story of a New…
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What’s a New Zealand novel? Sue Esterman

Enemy Camp  David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143309123 Lullaby Bernard Beckett Text, $26.00, ISBN 9781922182753 Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder Rudy Castaneda Lopez Escalator Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473295691 It has been interesting to read three such different but compelling books.…
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At the whim of larger, terrifying forces, Angelina Sbroma

The Deadly Sky David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143308157 The Red Suitcase Jill Harris Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780994106902 Spark Rachael Craw Walker, $22.00, ISBN 9781922179623 David Hill’s The Deadly Sky is set in 1974, when the nuclear proliferation of…
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A lot to live up to, Caoilinn Hughes

When Our Jack Went to War  Sandy McKay Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775533092 Brave Company David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143307570 Speed Freak Fleur Beale Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781775534709 When Our Jack Went to War is “a fictional story based…
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From trenches to terrorism, Barbara Else

Marked   Denis Martin Walker Books, $20.00, ISBN 9781921977541 My Brother’s War David Hill Puffin, $15.00, ISBN 9781742532653 Into the River Ted Dawe Mangakino University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473205089 The Nature of Ash Mandy Hager Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781869799038 Two…
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Give peace a chance, Jill Holt

The Limping Man Maurice Gee Puffin, $19.99, ISBN 9780143305163 The Limping Man is the final volume of Maurice Gee’s Salt trilogy for teenagers. The trilogy portrays a grim city of a wrecked civilisation whose dictator is determined to destroy the…
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No easy heroics, James Norcliffe

Shadow of the Mountain  Anna Mackenzie Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877460005 Smashed  Mandy Hager Random House, $18.99, ISBN 9781869419424 Gool  Maurice Gee Puffin, $19.95, ISBN 9780143304005   Each of these kidult novels tells a compelling story in a tightly written yet…
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Breaking free, Jill Holt

The Dumpster Saga Craig Harrison Scholastic New Zealand, $16.99,  ISBN 9781869438166 Salt Maurice Gee  Puffin, $17.95, ISBN 9780143303350 The Sea-wreck Stranger Anna Mackenzie  Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877361883 It’s hard to imagine and salutary to recall that many teenagers do…
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