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Ngā Whetū Matariki i Whānakotia
by Miriama Kamo ~ Paperback
(4.0) 1

Behind dusty orange hills, where the sky stretches down to the sea, theres a magical, wild, windy place called Te Mata Hapuku. Sam and Te Rerehua love to visit their Grandma and Poua at Te Mata Hapuku (aka Birdlings Flat). They like to collect agate from the stories, with a backdrop of whipping wind...

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New Zealand's Backyard Beasts PB
by Ned Barraud ~ Paperback / softback
(2.5) 2

In the garden, creeping along branches, hiding under stones or flitting from flower to flower, a whole universe of creatures is waiting to be discovered. Butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps, spiders… what have you found in your backyard? Did you know that chorus cicadas live underground for most of t...

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Bullseye Bella
by James T. Guthrie ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 3

Twelve-year-old Bella Kerr is a darts prodigy. And when she finds out that her little brothers special schooling is at risk because of lack of money, Bella secretly enters a darts competition at the local pub. The old boys network of darts players are not happynone more than the gold-suited charmer,...

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Birdstories: A history of the birds of New Zealand
by Geoff Norman ~ Hardback
(4.7) 3

A fascinating, in-depth account of New Zealand's birds, which spans their discovery, their place in both Pakeha and Maori worlds, their survival and conservation, and the illustrations and art they have inspired. In 1872, the first instalments of Walter Buller's A History of the Birds of New Zealand...

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The Dog Runner
by Bren MacDibble ~ Paperback / softback

WINNER OF THE 2019 AUREALIS AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S FICTION SHORTLISTED: CBCA 2020 Awards, Book of the Year, Younger Readers 'We're gonna starve if we stay here,' Emery said. 'If we're gonna go, best go now.' And he said it like going was something easy. Like all we have to do is walk away. Ell...

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Mazarine
by Charlotte Grimshaw ~ Paperback / softback

Intrigue mounts in this search for a missing daughter - and for love. From award-winning author Charlotte Grimshaw, this is a beautifully evocative, sensual portrayal of a woman's search for freedom and love. When her daughter vanishes during a heatwave in Europe, writer Frances Sinclair embarks ...

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Oink!
by David Elliot ~ Hardback

A comical story about a very busy bath from one of New Zealand's top children's writers and illustrators Pig has been looking forward to a lovely peaceful bath all day ...In come Sheep, then Cow and Horse. They are very noisy! Pig finds a way to make them go away. Oink!Author BiographyDavid Elliot...

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Invisibly Breathing
by Eileen Merriman ~ Paperback / softback

'Eileen Merriman creates genuine teenage characters' - NZ Books A moving story about unconventional love, bullying and being true to yourself. 'I wish I wasn't the weirdest sixteen-year-old guy in the universe.' Felix would love to have been a number. Numbers have superpowers and they're safe - a...

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The Cage
by Lloyd Jones ~ Paperback / softback

As the townspeople watch the strangers to discover their identity, we learn far more about the watchers than the watched. A powerful allegorical tale about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we can justify brutality. Two mysterious strangers turn up at a hotel in a small country town. Wh...

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Caroline's Bikini
by Kirsty Gunn ~ Paperback / softback

Art needs a sense of lack to bring about its own effects; where there is no feeling of need to make up a shortfall, there will be no work. 'Alright' I said, 'I'll try...' This is how Emily Stuart opens the intricately involved account of a classic love affair that becomes Caroline's Bikini: a tale ...

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The Man Who Would Not See
by Rajorshi Chakraborti ~ Paperback / softback

An intriguing novel set in India and New Zealand; the past and the present . . . When family suddenly becomes your greatest challenge, mystery, rediscovery. As children in Calcutta, Ashim and Abhay made a small mistake that split their family forever. Thirty years later, Ashim has re-entered his b...

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Imaginary Lives of James Poneke, The
by Tina Makereti ~ Paperback / softback

From an early age, James Poneke has had to play a role to survive. But what of the real James? While exhibited as a curiosity, a Maori boy turns his gaze on Victorian London. 'The hour is late. The candle is low. Tomorrow I will see whether it is my friends or a ship homewards I meet. But first I...

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Go Girl
by Barbara Else ~ Hardback
(4.4) 9

A stunning illustrated storybook for the girls of New Zealand with a powerful can-do message! GO GIRL is a collection of true stories about New Zealand women who have done extraordinary things. They strove for their goals. They weren't afraid to step up or speak out. They blazed a trail for oth...

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Art-tastic
by Sarah Pepperle ~ Hardback

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We Can Make a Life
by Chessie Henry ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

Hours after the 2011 Christchuch Earthquake, Kaikoura-based doctor Chris Henry crawled through the burning CTV building to rescue those who were trapped. Six years later, his daughter Chessie interviews him in an attempt to understand the trauma that led her father to burnout, in the process unravel...

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Slice of Heaven
Paperback / softback

Life for Sione and his mates at Manawahe East High in South Auckland is pretty sweet – a slice of heaven. But one day when they’re in after-school detention there’s an emergency. Another school’s turned up for a softball game but the Manawahe junior boys team has gone AWOL. Sione, TJ, Hieu, Jordan ...

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Swim: A year of swimming outdoors in New Zealand
by Annette Lees ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

This is a book about New Zealanders and their deep connection to swimming in the outdoors. Every neighbourhood has its swimming hole up the river, its local beach, or a back road to the lake. A love of swimming is one of the things that defines Kiwis, and all over the country the start of summer is ...

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Things in the Sea are Touching Me!
by Linda,Jane Keegan ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

'Look in the water, Ma! Golly, oh gee! Some THING in the sea is TOUCHING ME!' Youll squawk, screech, yelp... and laugh out loud at the surprises for all on this funny-sunny family day at the beach. When a small child goes to the seaside with her Mum and Ma, she is unprepared for 'things' floa...

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Are Friends Electric?
by Helen Heath ~ Paperback / softback

Are Friends Electric? is an audacious new work by the author of the prizewinning collection Graft. Helen Heath delves into liminal spaces, finding points of connection and revealing a complex and layered understanding of our place in the world and what we could become. These new poems offer a vivid ...

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The Heart of Jesus Valentino
by Emma Gilkison ~ Paperback / softback

A Page-turning story of a young couple who face a tough decision when they learn their unborn baby has a fatal heart condition. During a routine 12-week scan, Emma Gilkison thinks it looks as though her unborn baby has a marble rolling on his chest. In fact, it is his heart growing outside his body...

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Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Maori World,...
by Roger Blackley ~ Hardback
(4.0) 1

Galleries of Maoriland introduces us to the many ways in which Pakeha discovered, created, propagated and romanticised the Maori world at the turn of the century – in the paintings of Lindauer and Goldie; among artists, patrons, collectors and audiences; inside the Polynesian Society and the Dominio...

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Memory Pieces
by MAURICE GEE ~ Paperback / softback
(4.0) 1

Memory Pieces is an intimate and evocative memoir in three parts. `Double Unit' tells the story of Maurice Gee's parents - Lyndahl Chapple Gee, a talented writer who for reasons that become clear never went on with a writing career, and Len Gee, a boxer, builder, and man's man. `Blind Road' is Gee's...

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The Ice Shelf
by Anne Kennedy ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

The Ice Shelf: an eco-comedy On the eve of flying to Antarctica to take up an arts fellowship, thirty-something Janice, recently separated, has a long night of remembrance, regret and realisation as she goes about the city looking for a friend to take care of her fridge while she's away. En route sh...

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Te Hīnga Ake Māui I Te Ika Whenua
by Donovan Bixley ~ Paperback Te Reo
(5.0) 1

The legend of Māui has been reinvented for a whole new generation of Kiwi children in How Māui Fished Up the North Island (Upstart Press) the first title in the ‘Tales of Aotearoa’ series. Who better to do that than Donovan Bixley, one of the country’s best-loved illustrators of children’s books? In...

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The New Ships
by Kate Duignan ~ Paperback / softback

I think it's fair to say I was rewarded, praised, applauded, more than most fathers. Peter Collie is adrift in the wake of his wife's death. His attempts to understand the turn his life has taken lead him back to the past, to dismaying events on an Amsterdam houseboat in the seventies, returning to ...

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The Rift
by Rachael Craw ~ Paperback / softback

The Rift is an action-packed YA fantasy full of heart-pounding romance from award-winning New Zealand author Rachael Craw. When the Rift opens, death follows. For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift. Cal West, an apprentice...

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Who Stole the Rainbow?
by Vasanti Unka ~ Paperback / softback

A dazzling 'mystery thriller for children' about how rainbows appear and disappear by award-winning picture book creator Vasanti Unka. Award-winning picture book creator Vasanti Unka brings us a visually gorgeous 'mystery thriller for children' about what makes a rainbow appear and disappear - and ...

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The Telegram
by Philippa Werry ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

Fourteen-year-old Beatrice Thomas lives with her widowed mother and younger sister Tilly in a small country town overshadowed by the events of World War One. Many of the local boys, including Beaty's friend Caleb, are away fighting. When Beaty has to leave school, she gets a job as a telegram girl a...

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Filming the Colonial Past
by Annabel Cooper ~ Paperback / softback

The New Zealand Wars were defining events in the nations history. Filming the Colonial Past, an engaging new book from Annabel Cooper, tells a story of filmmakers fascination with these conflicts over the past 90 years. From silent screen to smartphone, and from Pakeha adventurers to young Maori son...

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Ash Arising
by Mandy Hager ~ Paperback / softback

Chilling and page-turning, this compelling novel crackles with political intrigue, fast-paced action and unexpected twists. The gripping sequel to the prize-winning thriller The Nature of Ash. Ash McCarthy thought he had done enough by broadcasting his story to the world, exposing the corruption...

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The The Vulgar Wasp
by Phil Lester ~ Paperback / softback

hey're ranked one of the world's worst invasive species. They're often described as pure evil. People use petrol bombs, flamethrowers and shotguns on them in acts of vengeance. Wasps are feared and hated by many of us, with good reason they sting. For anyone who is allergic to their venom, a sti...

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Winter Eyes
by Harry Ricketts ~ Paperback / softback

here'll be time, we say; there'll be time to rewrite our part in the pantomime to embrace the promise of the approaching rhyme Poetry as comfort, poetry as confrontation. In Winter Eyes Harry Ricketts reaches into past and future, with other writers and artists from Kipling to Dylan, Austen to F...

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The Facts
by Therese Lloyd ~ Paperback / softback

he is made of blood she raises herself up to be seen The superb second book by the author of the acclaimed 2013 collection Other Animals traces the course of a failing marriage, while illuminating the ways in which art and poetry are essential to life. Deeply felt and lyrically arresting, The Facts ...

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The Mapmakers' Race
by Eirlys Hunter ~ Paperback / softback

A fresh and exciting mapmaking adventure. Sal, Joe, Francie and Humphrey misplace their famous mapmaker mother as they begin the Great Race to map a rail route through an uncharted wilderness. Their father didn't return from his last expedition and now their money is gone. This race is their last...

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Dear Oliver
by Peter Wells ~ Paperback / softback

A fresh way to look at New Zealand's history When writer and historian Peter Wells found a cache of family letters amongst his elderly mother's effects, he realised that he had the means of retracing the history of a not-untypical family swept out to New Zealand during the great nineteenth-century ...

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Walking to Jutland Street
by Michael Steven ~ Paperback / softback

Walking to Jutland Street is the impressive first book-length collection by up-and-coming Auckland-based poet Michael Steven. The title refers to Dunedin's industrial wharf precinct where some of the poet's friends shared a flat in 2010. A poem about friendship in the face of the other, `Walking to ...

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With Them Through Hell
by Anna Rogers ~ Hardback
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For New Zealanders, the First World War was not just a grueling conflict but also the nation's biggest health challenge. Military personnel had to deal with horrific injuries caused by high velocity bullets, artillery fire and chemical weapons. Infectious diseases were a constant and grave threat. H...

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Fight for the Forests
by Bensemann ~ Hardback

SHORTLIST FINALIST 2019 OCKHAMS BOOK AWARDS IN THE ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION CATEGORY The greatest success story of New Zealand’s modern environmental movement were the pivotal campaigns between 1970 and 2000 that stopped the destruction of our native forest. They began with the battle to save Lake ...

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The Life Of De'Ath
by Majella Cullinane ~ Paperback / softback

In this accomplished first novel, the elusive narrator - no less than Mephistopheles - recounts Theodore De'Ath's life before and during the Great War. Traumatised by a family tragedy, Theodore immerses himself the Inferno, Paradise Lost and Faust and is captivated by the Underworld. The story, whi...

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Edgeland
by David Eggleton ~ Paperback / softback

The poetry in David Eggletons new collection possesses an intensity and driven energy, using the poets recognisable signature oratory voice, strong in beat and measure, rooted in rich traditions of chant, lament and ode. Mashing together the lyrical and the slangy, celebrating local vernaculars whil...

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