If Blood Should Stain the Wattle

If blood should stain the wattle

This doesn't happen nearly as often as I would like, but I can honestly say that I loved this book! I’ve only ever really thought of Jackie French in terms of children’s and young adult fiction so was pleasantly surprised to see her grown up offering - If Blood Should Stain the Wattle. Now it is probably the […]

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Upcoming opportunities for Māori writers and students

Pikihuia Awards and Ngata scholarship

Pikihuia Awards The biennial Pikihuia awards have returned for 2017 bringing with them the chance for fame and cash prizes. Selected winners and finalists will be published in Huia Short Stories 12. Six categories including: Best short story written in English Best short story written in te reo Māori Best short Film Script Best Novel […]

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Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.   Be first to know! Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and best picks straight from your inbox. For more great YA reading suggestions, check out our booklists.

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Caraval: Magical fantasy

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

If George R. R. Martin's Westeros of the Game of Thrones series is a magical take on an historical Britain, then the world of Stephanie Garber's Caraval is a similarly fantastical Italy. The story starts on a sun-soaked isle, the home of heroine Scarlett Dragna and her sister Donatella, but inevitably progresses to the home […]

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A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

A tragic kind of wonderful

In Eric Lindstrom's latest young adult novel, A tragic kind of wonderful, Mel is a beautifully complex young woman grappling with confronting decisions and emotions, navigating relationships with her family, friends and her internal 'animals'. Lindstrom's use of a first person narrative allows the reader to experience the intensity of Mel’s experiences, memories and decisions as […]

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Armageddon – No, not the end of the world…


"Woo-hoo," I said to my friend "Armageddon's happening 11th and 12th March, yayee!" Inexplicably she looked worried, "But I'm not ready for the end of the world yet!" Ooh, we are obviously talking about two different events - the one I want to go to is the Armageddon Entertainment Expo which is happening in Christchurch at the […]

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My library – Rachael King

Writer and Programme Director of WORD Christchurch Rachael King talks to librarian Donna Robertson in the third issue of our magazine uncover - huraina. What’s your earliest library memory? When I was 12 I was sent from my home in Auckland to Hastings to board with my mother’s friends and go to school there. I […]

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Girls Zone

So many exciting things are happening in our libraries. You can design your own dream catcher! These girls loved making cosy scarves and comfy cushions in Summer Sewing. These girls problem solved to fix the 3D printer jam! Great thinking girls. A combination of electronics and Hama beads resulted in a 3D flashing Pacman! Booking and […]

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Hillmorton High: Hunters & Gatherers’ Book Reviews

Here is a list of Hillmorton High: Hunters & Gatherers’ Book Reviews, as assembled by Kate into a booklist. January Gabrielle Lord This book is about a 15 year old boy called Callum that has to stay alive for 365 days. Someone is trying to kill him, and this same guy may have killed his […]

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Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury – Monday 6 February 2017

Waitangi Day

Find out about Christchurch and Canterbury Waitangi Day celebrations in 2017. Wai 262 Presentation - Linwood Library (Thursday 2 February, 6-7pm) In the lead up to Waitangi Day, why not find out more about one of the most signficant Treaty claim made to date. Wai 262 is sometimes known as the "flora and fauna" or […]

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