New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2017 – winners announced

The winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were announced last night. Drum roll please ... Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Snark illustrated and written by David Elliot (after Lewis Carroll), published by Otago University Press (winner of the Russell Clark Award for Illustration) Picture Book Award That's Not […]

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Finalists in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults inspire Christchurch children

Pop! Bang! That's what happened - literally - when a group of New Zealand children's authors and illustrators presented inspiring talks to hundreds of Canterbury school children, just ahead of the announcement of the 2017 winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Several of the nominated authors and illustrators toured […]

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Papanui PlayStation Playoff!

Papanui Library is now hosting a monthly PlayStation 4 competition. What?!?!? Sign me up, you say? Well, let me give you the lowdown: The resident Gamemasters (Michael and Damien) select a game of the month and devise a wicked competition for all budding gamers to test their abilities. The challenge runs for a month and a […]

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The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

Laura Chant lives with her Mum and beloved little brother Jacko and she has ‘warnings’. Odd sensations overcome her. She’s had them before, when their Dad left the family home and when she met Sorry (Sorenson) a prefect at her high school. And now she’s had another one. Warily she continues through her day at […]

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

I read this book at the perfect time: at the end of a particularly trying week, on the first day of a particularly nasty bug. Reading something comforting in bed with a hot water bottle was the only activity I could bear, and luckily When Dimple Met Rishi delivered in spades. A lot of the books […]

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Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter

"Happee Birthdae Harry" as Rubeus Hagrid so aptly said twenty years ago. Yes, its hard to believe, but this year, 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone' celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its first publication, and my generation of twenty-somethings can now, finally, feel old. Together we and Harry Potter went through school (admittedly with less owls […]

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Finding Gobi

I was so glad I got the chance to read Finding Gobi as I have been following Dion and Gobi’s story via the news and social media for some time. Written in the third person, the story almost has a fiction feel, even though you know it is true. It is a light and easy read, suitable […]

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