2016 Awards

Picture Book Award

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    Allis the Little Tractor

    Published by Millwood-Heritage Productions

    Written by Sophie Siers
    illustrated by Helen Kerridge

    Written by Sophie Siers and illustrated by Helen Kerridge

    Allis has been replaced by the strong John Deere and left under the macrocarpa tree, rusty and thirsty for oil and water. Can Toby and Uncle Jack fulfil Allis’s dream of being useful again? The lovely voice and gentle spirit of this story are complemented by the warmth of the illustrations.

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    Finding Monkey Moon

    Published by Walker Books Australia

    Written by Elizabeth Pulford
    illustrated by Kate Wilkinson

    Written by Elizabeth Pulford and illustrated by Kate Wilkinson

    It’s bedtime, and Michael’s beloved Monkey Moon is missing. Michael and his Dad take the reader along on a chilly night-time search. “Their breath fluttered like moths in the cold air.” Thankfully all is well in the blink of a shiny Monkey Moon eye. A delightful familiar story.

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    Haka

    Published by Huia Publishers

    Written by Patricia Grace
    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Written by Patricia Grace and illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    As Te Rauparaha hides from his ever so close enemies he whispers to himself “Will I die? Will I live?” Fearing for his life, Te Rauparaha prays that the wisdom and mana of his allies will keep him safe. When danger passes he praises his protectors. Although simply told, Haka effectively captures and honours the cultural framework of the origins of what is now considered a traditional war dance or challenge.

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    The House on the Hill

    Published by Scholastic New Zealand

    Written by Kyle Mewburn
    illustrated by Sarah Davis

    Written by Kyle Mewburn and illustrated by Sarah Davis

    Scary enough to have the readers on the edges of their seats, but not the stuff of nightmares. The poetic and suspenseful text combined with the dark and eerie illustrations make for a truly spooky read with a great little twist and sigh of relief at the end.

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    The Little Kiwi’s Matariki

    Published by David Ling Publishing (Duck Creek Press)

    Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson

    Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson

    English and te Reo are seamlessly woven together as Little Kiwi wakes her forest friends for Matariki. The night is black against the glow of the moon, the urgency is evident as the creatures follow. Aue!, suddenly Little Kiwi’s first Matariki makes a wonderful, glittering show for all.

Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award

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    Lily Max: Satin, Scissors, Frock

    Published by Luncheon Sausage Books

    Written by Jane Bloomfield

    Written by Jane Bloomfield

    Young fashionista Lily Max has an original outlook on life. As Lily works to make her fashion ambitions a reality, her creativity, spunk and can-do attitude make her a shining example of girl power. Writing with conspiratorial asides and plenty of humour, new author Bloomfield is a fresh voice.

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    From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle

    Published by Penguin Random House (Longacre)

    Written by Kate De Goldi

    Written by Kate De Goldi

    Helped by his patient sister, Ren, young filmmaker Barney interviews the local community while trying to figure out who is sending them cryptic secret messages. De Goldi’s poignant examination of the ties that bind a community together in the face of tragedy packs a powerful punch.

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    The Girl Who Rode the Wind

    Published by Harper Collins

    Written by Stacy Gregg

    Written by Stacy Gregg

    Threads of history, war, tradition, love and family are deftly woven through this thrilling, action-packed story about young horse rider, Lola, who risks everything to ride in the most dangerous horse race in the world – the Palio. Richly detailed, Gregg’s narrative explores multiple themes while building to a satisfying ending.

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    The Bold Ship Phenomenal

    Published by Flat Bed Press

    Written by Sarah Johnson

    Written by Sarah Johnson

    Malachi wishes for an exciting life but gets more than he bargained for. In an unexpected twist of magic, a bottle discovered on the beach provides him with intrigue, portents and parallels to his stowaway journey on a truck. Johnson’s fresh approach to Malachi’s familiar dilemmas offers a satisfying read.

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    Enemy Camp

    Published by Penguin Random House (Puffin)

    Written by David Hill

    Written by David Hill

    In this novel about the Featherston prisoner of war camp during World War 2, Hill skilfully depicts the mood of small-town New Zealand, painting a realistic picture of wartime life and the cultural divide between local New Zealanders and their Japanese prisoners as the story marches inexorably to an explosive conclusion.

Elsie Locke Non-fiction Award

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    Anzac Heroes

    Published by Scholastic New Zealand

    Written by Maria Gill
    illustrated by Marco Ivancic

    Written by Maria Gill and illustrated by Marco Ivancic

    Collaboration between writer and illustrator at its best. From nurse and pilot to soldier and spy, this book offers a beautifully arranged cast of ANZAC heroes from WWI and WWII, and includes life-like illustrations with maps, a medal room, fact boxes, an index and a glossary. Each hero is given a personal story and timeline. Impossible to put down.

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    Changing Times

    Published by Potton & Burton

    Written and illustrated by Bob Kerr

    Written and illustrated by Bob Kerr

    Produced in inimitable Bob Kerr style, this is the hugely engaging story of the New Zealand Times. Young and old will enjoy learning about the events and social history of the times through snapshots of newspaper headlines and illustrations. Looking for Mary’s tartan shawl is an added bit of fun.

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    See What I Can See

    Published by Auckland University Press

    Written by Gregory O'Brien

    Written by Gregory O'Brien

    A comprehensive introduction to photography which explains how the camera works, from the early models to the cellphone. There is a huge range of examples from New Zealand photographers, capturing technique, creativity, quirkiness and the social history of New Zealand, and showing how, through the lens, “the ho hum becomes great photography”.

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    The Beginner’s Guide to Adventure Sport in New Zealand

    Published by Penguin Random House (Random House New Zealand)

    Written by Steve Gurney

    Written by Steve Gurney

    A really useful guide for beginners of all ages, covering a wide variety of adventure sports and with an easy-to-follow layout with on-point photographs to illustrate. There’s great advice on planning, safety, first aid, start-up gear, tips and events. Links to video clips are an added feature.

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    Whose Beak Is This?

    Published by Potton & Burton

    Written by Gillian Candler
    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    Written by Gillian Candler and illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    Young readers will enjoy guessing who the beak belongs to. Beautifully illustrated New Zealand birds, names in te reo and well-chosen text, make this a really great junior non-fiction resource. The illustrated index is a simple but brilliant idea. The inclusion of a webpage address for additional notes is useful.

Young Adult Fiction Award

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    Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo

    Published by Pan Macmillan Australia (Farrar Straus Giroux)

    Written by Brian Falkner

    Written by Brian Falkner

    Napoleon Bonaparte will do anything to defeat the British and Prussian forces at Waterloo, unleashing a devastating weapon dinosaurs! Willem Verheyen can predict dinosaurs’ movements and defeat them, but will he get this knowledge to the British in time? This deftly woven alternative history will have readers breathless for more.

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    Being Magdalene

    Published by Penguin Random House (Puffin)

    Written by Fleur Beale

    Written by Fleur Beale

    As a member of the Children of Faith, Magdalene is expected to obey the Elders and her parents without question. This has become increasingly difficult, especially as her strong-willed younger sister Zillah keeps drawing attention. Magdalene desperately wants them to be safe, but where does that safety lie?

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    Hucking Cody

    Published by Mary Egan Publishing

    Written by Aaron Topp

    Written by Aaron Topp

    Cody’s life isn’t much fun – he’s been blamed for a burglary at his bike shop job, he has no girlfriend, and an older brother causing concern. The only thing he looks forward to is mountain biking hard, doing stunts and hucking the bush tracks. Fast paced and adrenaline-filled, Cody’s risk-taking will engross teens.

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    Lullaby

    Published by Text Publishing

    Written by Bernard Beckett

    Written by Bernard Beckett

    Rene’s twin brother Theo is in hospital with a life-threatening brain injury. There is a chance that an experimental procedure could save him, but is Rene truly capable of making such a decision? What will he risk to save Theo, knowing it could cost him everything?

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    Sylvie the Second

    Published by Mākaro Press

    Written by Kaeli Baker

    Written by Kaeli Baker

    Sylvie’s family is in turmoil, with her older sister Cate being re-admitted into a psychiatric ward. With her parents focussed on Cate, Sylvie is left to look after – and re-invent – herself, with disastrous consequences. This realistic novel, aimed at mature teen readers, shows the pain resulting from date rape.

Russell Clark Illustration Award

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    Changing Times

    Published by Potton & Burton

    Illustrated and written by Bob Kerr

    Illustrated and written by Bob Kerr

    Using a comic-book panel format to trace the birth and death of a small-town New Zealand newspaper, Bob Kerr skilfully tells the story mostly through his thoughtful watercolour illustrations. Well-wrought details and recurring motifs make this a book to be enjoyed again and again.

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    Finding Monkey Moon

    Published by Walker Books Australia

    Illustrated by Kate Wilkinson

    Illustrated by Kate Wilkinson

    A story that takes place at night adds a degree of difficulty that debut illustrator Wilkinson handles well as she captures the emotion of Michael’s search for a beloved toy left behind at the park. The pictures effectively conjure the mystery of the night-time park and the loving father and son bond.

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    Much Ado About Shakespeare

    Published by Upstart Press

    Illustrated and written by Donovan Bixley

    Illustrated and written by Donovan Bixley

    Each picture tells its own story in this clever biopic of William Shakespeare, with fine detail, expert use of colour, abundant humour and sly commentary on the person and the era. There is much here to reward returning readers, and Donovan Bixley shows great love for his art and his subject.

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    The House on the Hill

    Published by Scholastic New Zealand

    Illustrated by Sarah Davis

    Illustrated by Sarah Davis

    Sepia tones capture the autumnal, twilight setting, with Sarah Davis expertly generating an appropriately spooky mood to accompany the narrative while providing clues to the archly satisfying denouement. The grand swirl of the staircase, the grinning jack o’lanterns, and the fluttering night-time creatures all contribute dramatically to this Poe-esque tale.

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    Hush, a Kiwi lullaby

    Published by Scholastic New Zealand

    Illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Andrew Burdan captures the strength and depth of maternal love in this New Zealand reworking of a traditional lullaby. The dreamy quality and muted tonings are a perfect match for the narrative mood, and the local setting is effectively realised with familiar motifs cleverly repeated in the te reo section of the book.

Te Kura Pounamu Award

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    Tamanui te Kōkako Mōrehu o Taranaki

    Published by Huia Publishers

    Written by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington
    translated by  Kawata Teepa
    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Written by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington, translated by Kawata Teepa and illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    A well-written, in-depth tale about the journey of the kōkako, with simple and meaningful language and beautiful supporting artwork. Tamanui te Kōkako Mōrehu o Taranaki is a great read suitable for young people and is particularly special given that there are not many books written for children about kōkako.

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    Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi

    Published by Illustrated Publishing

    Written and illustrated by Kat Merewether
    translated by Pānia Papa

    Written and illustrated by Kat Merewether and translated by Pānia Papa

    This is a refreshing, fun story about Kuwi, who has a problem and goes through various scenarios to solve it. The pictures are bright, friendly and suited to a younger audience. The language is descriptive and flows over each page, bringing the story to life. A great read for young children.

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    Whiti te Rā!

    Published by Huia Publishers

    Written by Patricia Grace
    translated by Kawata Teepa
    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Written by Patricia Grace, translated by Kawata Teepa and illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    This book is a riveting read that will capture hearts and minds as it shares the history of the famous Ka Mate haka. The language is simple, with a clear message, allowing the story to flow easily. The stunning illustrations support the story brilliantly.