Mary Egan Publishing
Hucking Cody is a young-adult novel by Aaron Topp, set in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Hucking Cody tells the story of a teenage boy named Cody who is obsessed with mountain biking and is struggling to prove himself to his older brother Zane. Throughout the novel, the relationship between the two brothers fluctuates between physical fighting, lots of tension, conflicts, mistrust and a strong brotherly bond.
This is not a fantasy novel, it is strongly based in reality and has no dragons or wizards in any form. The novel is written in first person with a colloquial air. Read more
Oxygen by William Trubridge is a breath-taking story about one man’s quest to push his body and mind to the absolute limits. Trubridge is a professional New Zealand freediver, and Oxygen tells the story of his early days, his discovery of freediving, his ride to success, and his quest to dive 100 metres below the surface of the ocean, equipped with nothing but a single breath (and a really tight wetsuit).
Born on the 24th of May 1980 in Northumberland, England, Trubridge’s family chose to sail across the Atlantic Ocean when Trubridge was 18 months old. Read more
Penguin Random House
Wildboy is an autobiography in which the author writes about his 600 day journey all around New Zealand on foot. In each chapter of the book, he paints a very visual picture of his journey, be it Nelson to Karamea, or the final stretch of Whangarei to Cape Reinga. He describes his experiences of suffering hypothermia, almost dying, and living off the land. The book also shows that, no matter who you are and what upbringing or disability you have, you can accomplish anything.
Brando grew up loved, but became a bit of a vagabond. Read more
The Book of Hat
The Book of Hat, a non-fictional book by Harriet Rowland, is a deep and humorous story taken from Rowland’s blog posts. Harriet is your normal, everyday teenager, when suddenly life becomes not so normal. She is diagnosed with osteosarcoma (cancer in the knee), which consequently puts a stop to her teenage habits – or, at least, it tries to. A metaphor which strikes deep in the book is that “cancer is like having a dog, because as long as it stays in the yard it’s okay.” Hence, the book is about Harriet’s journey trying to keep her dog in. Read more
They Let Me Write a Book!
Sometime, a few years ago, publishers started noticing that YouTube was cool with the kids, and they must have realised they could make a bit of money by getting the YouTubers that had big followings to write books. Because, if you have a million followers on YouTube, there’s a good chance that all those million followers will buy your book.
Well known YouTubers like Miranda Sings, Grace Helbig, Alfie Days, Zoella, Marcus Butler and others have written books. They’re from England and America. But now a New Zealand YouTuber has written a book – Jamie Curry. Read more