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New Zealand Migration

New Zealand Migration

Oratia, 2023Series: The NZ Series (Part 7)ISBN 978-1-99-004239-3 New Zealand Migration tells the story of who came here, how, why and when. As historian Michael King said, “In a country inhabited for a mere one thousand years, everybody is an immigrant or a descendant of an immigrant.” We all have our own family stories of…

Iris and Me

Iris and Me

Ahoy! Cuba Press, 2023ISBN 9781991150844 Runner-up, NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize 2022Winner, Young Adult Fiction Award, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2023 Longlisted for the ARA Historical Novel Prize 2023Storylines list of notable books for 2023Aotearoa books of the year for 2023 (The Spinoff) Best children’s and YA books books for…

New Zealand

New Zealand

Norwood House Press, 2022(with André Ngāpō, consultant)Series: Voices from around the world: Pacific IslandsISBN 978-1-68404-813-7 This title is part of a series of non-fiction, 48-page children’s books about Pacific nations. The others in the series are about Fiji, Sāmoa, Tonga and Hawai’i, all written by people from those islands. Each book is crammed full of…

The Water Bottle

The Water Bottle

Oratia Books, 2022Illustrated by Burak AkbayISBN 978-1-99-004215-7 The Water Bottle is a picture book set in two countries (Turkey and New Zealand) and two time frames (1915 and today). I hope it’s a story about how today’s young people can build friendships with others who may at first seem “different”, and learn how to look…

Quarantine

Quarantine

Scholastic, 2022 (My New Zealand Story) ISBN 978-1-775-43760-4 “Being in quarantine sounds like being in prison,” I said, shivering. Lily nodded. “A bit like that. Except that the prison is your own home.” It might sound familiar today, but this is New Zealand in 1936-37. The disease is infantile paralysis, or polio, and nobody knows…

The Other Sister

The Other Sister

Pipi Press, 2021ISBN 9780473579579Highly commended, Storylines list of notable books for 2022 This book is a sequel to The Telegram (Pipi Press, 2019) –  but you can also read it on its own. It is set in the same town and contains many of the same characters, as well as lots of new ones. January…

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