The History Speech by Mark Sweet – Books Alive (New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults)

The History Speech is short-listed for the Young Adult Fiction Award in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (NZCYA). In its nomination, it was described as "Aotearoa Gothic for the young adult reader" and as not "[shying] away from issues such as racism and child abuse". Learn more about this…
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Afakasi Woman by Lani Wendt Young – Books Alive (New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults)

Afakasi Woman is short-listed for the Young Adult Fiction Award in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Lani Wendt Young is a Samoan/Māori writer, editor, and journalist. Her Young Adult fantasy series Telesā blends romance with mythology and stories from the Pacific Islands. Her latest book for Young Adults is…
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Banig: Weaving Tradition and Art | Banig: Sining at Tradisyon ng Paghabi

The banig is similar to traditional Japanese tatami mat or India’s reed mat (paay in Tamil or chatai in Hindi), it is made of dried leaves and used primarily for sleeping and sitting in the Philippines. Banig weaving involves folding over strips of materials to make unique geometrical designs. Though it’s not clearly known when…
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The Darwin Affair: Big Library Read – 3 to 17 August

Christchurch City Library patrons can join millions of readers around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller eBook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From Monday 22 June to Monday 13 July, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s “intellectually stimulating and viscerally exciting” eBook The Darwin Affair.
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