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“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Amy Brown

Winter Of Fire (25th Anniversary Edition) Sherryl Jordan Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775435983 I was ten when Winter Of Fire was first released, three years after Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. It was a little later that I read Sherryl Jordan’s…
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Timeless and timely, Hannah Marshall

Winter Of Fire (25th Anniversary Edition) Sherryl Jordan Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775435983 A dismal world where the sun has disappeared is the backdrop for Sherryl Jordan’s hard-hitting and powerful novel Winter Of Fire. Back in print 25 years after its…
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It’s in the detail, Trevor Agnew

The Cat From Muzzle Sally Sutton (Scott Tulloch illus) Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143773085 Bess The Brave War Horse Susan Brocker (Raymond McGrath illus) Scholastic, $28.00, ISBN 9781775435563 Home Child: A Child Migrant In New Zealand Dawn McMillan (Trish Bowles illus)…
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Boys’ own journey, Chris Szekely

The Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty Rhys Darby Scholastic, $18.00, ISBN 9781775434979 Between Adele Broadbent One Tree House, $20.00, ISBN 9780995106420 Slice of Heaven Des O’Leary Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780995109247 I reckon I had the best summer…
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From a trio of veterans, Anna Mackenzie

The Severed Land Maurice Gee Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143770244 Shooting Stars Brian Falkner Scholastic, $21.00, ISBN 9781775433606 Cool Nukes Des Hunt Scholastic, $20.00, ISBN 9781775433422 As a veteran of more than 50 years, Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand’s…
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History, myth and jollity, Linda Burgess

Roly the Anzac Donkey  Glyn Harper (Jenny Cooper illus) Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143506638 The Song of Kauri  Melinda Szymanik (Dominique Ford illus) Scholastic, $27.00, ISBN 9781775432289 I Am Not a Worm  Scott Tulloch Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775432517 Zoo Train Sally…
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History lessons, James Norcliffe

Monkey Boy    Donovan Bixley Scholastic, $16.50, ISBN 9781775431862 Trouble in Time     Adele Broadbent Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775432265 Monkey Boy opens with a prologue designed, no doubt, to catch its intended audience of younger, and not so young, boys. It’s 1804…
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Explaining WWI, Steven Loveridge

The Bantam and the Soldier Jennifer Beck (Robyn Belton illus) Scholastic, $19.50, ISBN 9781775432074 The Anzac Puppy Peter Millett (Trish Bowles illus) Scholastic, $19.50, ISBN 9781775430971 Best Mates: Three Lads Who Went to War Together Philippa Werry (Bob Kerr illus)…
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Boy germs, Eirlys Hunter

The Flytrap Snaps Johanna Knox and Sabrina Malcolm (illus) Hinterland Press, $22.00, ISBN 9780473179960   Just Jack Adele Broadbent HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869508869   Super Finn Leonie Agnew Scholastic, $19.50, ISBN 9781869439996   The Puffin Books of my childhood carried…
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Ephemera and treasure, Eirlys Hunter

The Wonky Donkey Craig Smith, music Craig Smith, illustrations Katz Cowley Scholastic, $24.99, ISBN 9781869439262 Old Hu-hu/Huhu Koroheke Kyle Mewburn, illustrations Rachel Driscoll Maori text Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira Scholastic, $18.99, ISBN 9781869435189 / 9781869438975 Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig Goes to…
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