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The bomb

The bomb  written by Sacha Cotter and illustrated by Josh Morgan


Margaret Mahy book of the year 

Picture Book award 


In this story about being true to oneself, a boy searches for the secret to doing the perfect bomb into the water. With training from Nan, an expert and former champion, and by listening to his own voice, he finds his unique style and pulls off a wonderful, acrobatic, truly awe-inspiring bomb.                                  


The dog runner

The dog runner by Bren MacDibble


Wright family foundation Esther Glenn award for junior fiction


'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. Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren, and dangerous landscape? Well, when you've got five big doggos and a dry-land dogsled, the answer is you go mushing. But when Emery is injured, Ella must find a way to navigate them through rough terrain, and even rougher encounters with desperate people.


Legacy by Whiti Hereaka


Young Adult Fiction Award


Seventeen-year-old Riki is worried about school and the future, but mostly about his girlfriend, Gemma, who has suddenly stopped seeing or texting him. But on his way to see her, he's hit by a bus and his life radically changes. Riki wakes up one hundred years earlier in Egypt, in 1915, and finds he's living through his great-great-grandfather's experiences in the Maori Contingent. At the same time that Riki tries to make sense of what's happening and find a way home, we go back in time and read transcripts of interviews Riki's great-great-grandfather gave in 1975 about his experiences in this war and its impact on their family. Gradually we realise the fates of Riki and his great-great-grandfather are intertwined.

Art tastic

Art-tastic by Sarah Pepperle


Elsie Locke award for non-fiction

Best first book award


Bold, bright and a little bit bananas, ART-TASTIC gets into the nitty gritty of how to look at, connect with and make art. This ART-TASTIC book has some of THE BEST art youll ever see in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are activities to do and questions to answer and by the time theyve finished, kids will have their own artists workbook full of masterpieces that will make them famous all around the world. Or at least at home. Featuring artworks by Rita Angus, Steve Carr, Martin Creed, Tony Fomison, Lonnie Hutchinson, Jess Johnson, Michael Parekowhai, Reuben Paterson, Zina Swanson, Yvonne Todd and many more.

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Puffin the architect written and illustrated by Kimberly Andrews


Russell Clarke award for illustration


Puffin is an architect who always exceeds her clients' expectations, that is, until she takes on the toughest clients ever - her own pufflings!Puffin takes her tricky new clients on an inspirational tour of her builds. Together they visit all kinds of cleverly designed spaces - Otter's floating home, Pig's toolshed on wheels, Painter Goose's light-filled studio and Platypus's cosy underground bakehouse. The pufflings are unimpressed. Her clients really are a challenge! Will Puffin come up with a puffling-perfect home design?

Te Haka a Tanerore

Te Haka a Tanerore written by Reina Kahukiwa, translated by Kiwa Hammond and illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa


Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu award for Te Reo Maori


Māori legend tells us that the sun god Tamanuiterā (Rā) had two wives: Hine Takurua and Hine Raumati. Rā and Hine Raumati had a son named Tānerore, who became the atua of haka. Te Haka a Tānerore tells the story of the origins of haka.





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