The Crate: A Ghost Story
Quentin Wilson Publishing
Cousins Amy, Danny and Jack are staying at their Grandpa’s bach in Tumoana with Amy and Danny’s dad when a strange coffin-like crate is delivered, addressed to their bach, Bide-a-wee.
Dad was in a hurry to get to work, he helped the delivery man carry the heavy crate inside, signed the delivery form, told the kids not to open the crate and rushed into his car. The crate sat brusquely, giving the quaint living room of Bide-a-wee a strange presence. Fastened with wingnuts and oddly heavy, the kids’ curiosity grew. Read more
The Carbonite’s Daughter
The Carbonite’s Daughter is an exciting new dystopian story about courage, discovering yourself, and realising things are not always as they seem.
Set in a dystopian New Zealand after a Nuclear Dawn, 18-year-old Calista lives as a breeder, with her mother and her two children in the tunnels, safe from the fatal radiation outside. But when her father, who was exiled outside 10 years ago, returns to take her outside, she discovers the MIC (Men In Charge) had been lying about what was happening outside. Alongside Mathew, a man she meets outside, she runs from those trying to return her to the tunnels to breed more children. Read more
Ed. Susan Paris and Kate de Goldi
Annual 3 is a funny, creative book edited by Susan Paris and Kate De Goldi. Packed with comics, short stories, puzzles and more, it’s a must read, with authors like Ben Brown and Maurice Gee putting in their own work for creative youths to read.
I would recommend this book to readers aged nine and up. It is a perfect boredom buster, and once you have opened the cover, your nose will be right on the page!!
What kind of stuff is in this book? Almost everything! Read more
How to Get a Girlfriend (When You’re a Terrifying Monster)
Paper Road Press
Published in 2022, Marie Cardno’s How to Get a Girlfriend (When You’re a Terrifying Monster) is a light-hearted exploration of paranormal romance. This novel tells the story of a human woman named Sian, who as part of her research is venturing through portals on Earth that lead to the dimension of the Endless. Humanity has been at war with the Endless in all of its shifting, ever-changing forms across the centuries. All the Endless desires is the screams and destruction of humanity – or so Sian believes. Read more
The Candle Trees
Quentin Wilson Publishing
‘They said there is nothing so beautiful as that tree; it glows in the forest like a bridge between this world and the next. If you sleep under its boughs, you will dream the most beautiful dreams…’
In The Candle Trees by Anthony Holcroft, 16-year-old Julia is thrilled at the prospect of visiting her beloved Uncle Fred at his estate, Villa Rosa. Unfortunately, neither Uncle Fred, nor the Villa Rosa live up to Julia’s expectations. So, when the chance to do something interesting comes up, in the form of a horseback ride to the nearby forest, Julia jumps at the chance. Read more
More than a roof
Edited by Adrienne Jansen
March 10, 2023
More than a roof is a collaboration of experienced and fresh new poets, published by Landing Press and edited by Adrienne Jansen.
I think this is such a good book, full of powerful poetry and very talented poets. So many emotions are portrayed throughout More than a roof, creating a heartfelt atmosphere of understanding and gratefulness. It’s magical!
Though I’m new to reading it, I love to write poetry, which is why I chose More than a roof. I love poetry, and I find it’s a way to express yourself in different, more abstract ways. Read more
Falling into Rarohenga
It’s so familiar: that wailing cry of a karanga, the call that women do when they welcome you onto the marae… It feels like home.
But this isn’t home. I don’t know where this is.
Tui and Kae are twins, and they do not get along. Now, I know everyone thinks that twins should be best friends, but in Falling into Rarohenga by Steph Matuku, that’s just not how it is. It probably doesn’t help that they are polar opposites. Tui is a straight-A student, who would never dream of getting in trouble. Read more
Out Here: An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa
Edited by Chris Tse and Emma Barnes
IBSN 978 1 86940 931 9
Auckland University Press 2021
Feb 13, 2023
Out Here: An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa is a beautiful book edited by Chris Tse and Emma Barnes. It’s filled with poems, short stories, and even comic strips by LGBTQIA+ authors, giving them the opportunity to share their work free from discrimination.
The pieces are written by a wide range of authors and in many different styles and genres, making them an interesting read for anyone. Read more
Flying Furballs: Take-Off!
February 13, 2023
Flying Furballs: Take-Off! is an amazing action-packed comic filled with fun and creative characters that will make you laugh. It is a large format full-colour collection of stories and fun facts, filled with maps, character bios, code crackers, puzzles, how-tos on drawing Flying Furball characters and heaps of other fun activities and diagrams.
Take-Off! is a short but exciting story in which a great war is underway. Cats and dogs once lived together in peace. That was before a pack calling themselves DOGZ (Dog Obedience Governed Zone) took over the kingdoms of Central Europe. Read more
September 26, 2022
spring clean by Sabreen Islam, published in 2022, is a bittersweet and intricate collection of poetry. Islam writes about memories both painful and nostalgic, teaching readers that a spring clean is necessary to release and confront pain.
“now that all the dust is gathered / i begin to clean”
This poetry collection turns to self-reflection and looking back on the past in preparation for the future. Islam’s poems in this collection range from carefree breaths of fresh air to grounding and pained revelations, and this variety and contrast makes Islam’s creativity and depth of emotion stand out. Read more