Kids & Teens

With shades of Clave of the Cave Bears and The Hunger Games, Slave Power is the first in a new series. Set in the East of the Black Sea around 300 BC, this is a tale of Amazon Tribes under threat from slave traders who are showing no mercy as they attack the peaceful tribes… Read More

Raewyn Dawson is a recognised poet, award-winning public speaker, previous Classical Studies teacher and pianist. Born in Wellington, she is one of seven children brought up in harsh conditions on a pig farm in Dunedin. She has lived and worked in the Pacific, and now lives in Christchurch with her husband. She talks to NZ Booklovers… Read More

Bobo the chimp is back in this adorable picture book for every little monkey that doesn't want to go to bed yet. The sun is still up but little Bobo wants to play with his jungle friends. Sneaking out of his treetop house, Bobo goes out to play, but soon finds himself lost in the dark… Read More

The Secret of Black Rock is a modern environmental fable, written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. Erin lives with her fisherwomen mother in a fishing town. She’s taught by the adults she can’t go out to sea as it’s too dangerous because of the Black Rock, where terrible things are said to happen. But plucky… Read More

Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents from Dunedin to Auckland. Lonely, but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, and that's where things really fall apart. Things begin to look up when she meets her gregarious sixteen-year-old neighbour, Cory Marshall, and he helps her piece her life back together. But that's before… Read More

Doug Wilson has written the Tom Hassler series of children’s books, and now he turns his attention to a survival tale set in New Zealand. Twelve-year-old Rachel and her ten-year-old brother Sam are home alone with their dog Choky when Central North Island is shaken by a series of earthquakes.  Mount Ruapehu erupts, and then… Read More

Assigned female at birth, Nevo Zisin has had a complex relationship with gender. Now identifying as non-binary, the 21-year-old student and activist wasn't born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch-up with all that Nevo is. From 'coming out' as lesbian at 15, to transitioning to present as male at the age of 17… Read More

This delightful picture book asks the question, ‘What makes mums so special?’ And it turns out that there are many, everyday things that make mothers special, and I’m sure families will respond well to the story and charming illustrations that depict a variety of family situations that are relatable and gently humorous. One of my… Read More

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