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Maria Gill
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Six Quick-fire Questions with Vanessa Hatley-Owens and Rosie Colligan
When Dad Came Home by Vanessa Hatley-Owens and Rosie Colligan (Oratia) In time for the 100 year commemorations for the end of WWI (November 11) this heartrending tale tells the story of one family's experience. When the celebrations for the end of the war h...
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A picture book commemorating the end of the war
When Dad Came Home  by Vanessa Hatley-Owen, illustrated by Rosie Colligan (Oratia) Author Vanessa Hatley-Owen is our new reviewer and I'm thrilled she's finally got a book published for the trade market. She's had a few stories published with Learning Media...
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The cook who cooked for Captain Cook
Cook's Cook: The cook who cooked for Captain Cook by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press) With the 250 year commemoration of Captain Cook's first voyage beginning next year, it was very clever of Gavin Bishop and Gecko Press to get in early and publish this book the ...
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Oh boy a book for boys!
Oh Boy: A Storybook of Epic NZ Men  by Stuart Lipshaw (Penguin Random House) The boys must have been feeling left out, because after the very successful Go Girls: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women  by Barbara Else comes Oh Boy: A Storybook of Epic NZ Men. The bo...
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Books for Christmas
The Lonely Little Tree  by Moya Kirby, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton (Scholastic) From the gold-enhanced front cover, water-colour swirling pictures, to the lit-up Christmas tree on the last page comes a joyful book about a lonely tree being the best an...
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A junior fiction book to laugh your socks off
The Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty Book 1  by Rhys Darby (Scholastic) I interviewed Rhys Darby several years ago for a children's biography book and he had me laughing throughout the whole conversation. Children really get his brand of humou...
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Consider yourself invited to the Kate Sheppard book launch!
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Here's my latest book!
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Nanny Mihi & the Bellbird  by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Oratia) I've just comeback from overseas, from a place with lots of cats but no birds. Since being back I'm very aware of the tū ī and other birds singing and flying around in our b...
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Sweet Adversity review
Sweet Adversity  by Sheryl Gwyther, Harper Collins, Australia I saved Sweet Adversity  especially for when I was off on an adventure - travelling to the other side of the world. Nothing like a book to hold your attention throughout a long flight - and Sweet...
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