Kids & Teens

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

With her second novel, Amy Lukavics has set the scene for a delicious Gothic story. In an isolated Victorian mansion lives Lucy Acosta, with her father, her cousin, Margaret, and her aunt and Margaret’s mother, Penelope. Lucy’s mother died when she was three. Ever since then her aunt Penelope has been looking after the household… Read More

They say to live every day as if it’s your last – but you never actually think it’s going to be. You always think you’ll have more time. That’s what popular high school students Sam thought, but she was wrong. Sam dies in a terrible accident one night. However, she still wakes up the next… Read More

Jack Masselin is the most popular guy at Martin Van Buren High. He has the prettiest girlfriend, the coolest afro, and everyone wants to be him. But Jack also has a secret. He is suffering from prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness. He is unable to recognise anyone in his life, be they friend, foe… Read More

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