Down The Line: Surfing Stories by John McLean. A collection that emphasises the beauty, freedom, fun and energy of surfing and the laid back nature of the surfer's way of life. Full of ideas, descriptions and weird and wonderful characters to stimulate your desire to ride bigger and more perfect waves.
Project Huia by Des Hunt. Logan's grandfather saw a huia bird in the 1940s when it was thought to be extinct. More than 60 years later, 11-year-old Logan has returned to the Manawatu with Grandpop and a scientist to try and solve the mystery of what happened to the huia. Will the huia still be there, and will its DNA still be valuable for scientific research into NZ's native fauna?
Bugs by Whiti Hereaka. Meet Bugs: smart, sarcastic, sixteen and stuck in a small town without a driver’s license. Bugs has been best mates with Jez forever. That is until Stone Cold, the new girl, arrives in town. Year 12 was already going to be a challenge without adding spoilt, bitchy Stone Cold to the mix. Why would anyone want to be mates with her? But things are never as they seem on the surface,
Speed Freak by Fleur Beale. Fifteen-year-old Archie Barrington is a top kart driver, aiming to win the Challenge series and its ultimate prize of racing in Europe. He loves the speed, the roar of the engine, the tactics and the thrill of racing to the limits. Craig is his main rival, and there's also Silver, who drives likes she's got a demon inside. Archie knows he'll need all his skill and focus to win. But sometimes, too, you need plain old luck. Can Archie overcome the odds and win?
The Antipodeans by Greg McGee. From Venice to the South Island of New Zealand, from the assassination of a Gestapo commander in WWII to contemporary real estate shenanigans in Auckland, from political assassination in the darkest days of the Red Brigade to the vaulting cosmology of particle physics, The Antipodeans is a novel of epic proportions where families from the opposite ends of the earth discover an intergenerational legacy of love, blood and betrayal.
Jamie's World: They Let Me Write A Book! / Jamie Curry. "Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Jamie, I'm 19-years-old. I make videos on the Internet, and enough people watched them that they let me write a book. I know. What is life?" Inside these pages is my life so far, and what I've learnt - or haven't learnt - along the way.
The A C B With Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi. On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at the Santa Lucia rest home, but Gran never remembers them. ‘Who is that man?' Honora Lee asks when Perry's father leaves the room. Then Perry visits Santa Lucia on Thursday afternoons where she discovers her Gran has an unconventional interest in the alphabet. So Perry decides to make an alphabet book with the help of Honora and the others.
Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe. When David's uncle comes to visit he sets off a bizarre series of events. Things become complicated when the pet rats turn bright red. David senses that somehow the red rats are connected to the story he is reading. The parallel story sees Felix and his friend Bella inadvertently shifted into a strange land where they must solve a riddle. But this puts them into great danger. How will they escape and find their way home?
Shiftlight by David Jubermann. A story of youth, cars and racing. It captures the raw excitement as well as the consequences, tragedies and social issues surrounding this increasingly popular pastime. Even if you are not interested in cars or racing this book will surely move you.
Conrad Cooper's Last Stand by Leonie Agnew. Conrad Cooper needs a favour. He's just found out about Tane, the god of the forest, and he's decided that Tane is the perfect guy to solve his family problems. After all, the more high-profile gods probably have huge waiting lists, right? In return, Conrad will do anything to repay Tane, no matter how much trouble it causes. But will a Maori god listen to the prayers of a ten-year-old Pakeha boy? And, worse still, does Tane even exist?