2013 Junior Fiction finalist: When Perry's Saturday afternoon visits to her Grandmother are abruptly shifted to Thursday afternoons, she discovers her Gran - who never remembers her - has an unconventional interest in the alphabet. So Perry decides to make an alphabet book with the help of Honora and the others. Soon everyone is interested in Perry's book project.
2013 Junior Fiction finalist: While holidaying at his father's house, Jake explores Wellington's wild south coast, with its high cliffs, biting winds and its fierce seals. When he stumbles upon a perfectly preserved sealskin, hidden in a crevice at Red Rocks, he's compelled to take it home and hide it under his bed, setting off a chain of events that threatens to destroy his family.
2013 Junior Fiction winner: 1916-1917. The biggest war the world has known is raging in Europe. William eagerly enlists for the army but his younger brother, Edmund, is a conscientious objector and refuses to fight. While William trains to be a soldier, Edmund is arrested. Both brothers will end up on the bloody battlefields of France, but their journeys there are very different. And what they experience at the front line will challenge the beliefs that led them there.
2013 Junior Fiction finalist: It's the 1930s. Our storyteller is crook in bed, trying to get over a long sickness when Uncle Trev arrives to let Mum go out and do the shopping. Mum should be grateful for the chance to get out, but amongst tales of the animals on his farm and his neighbour, Uncle Trev also helps himself to all her gingernut biscuits and Louise cake. When Mum gets home, she's less than amused and threatens what she'll do to 'that man' next time he comes in.
2013: Book of the Year and Young Adult Fiction winners: When Te Arepa Santos is dragged Into the River by a giant eel, he brushes against the spirit world, which changes the course of his whole life. But there is a price to be paid; an utu (revenge) to be exacted. Years later, far from the protection of whanau (family) and ancestral land, he finds new enemies. This time, with no one to save him, there is a decision to be made: he can wait on the bank, or leap forward into the river.
2013 Non-fiction finalist: At the Beach is a delightful introduction to the natural history of the New Zealand seashore. Aimed at children 5–8 years old, but with appeal for anyone curious about New Zealand’s natural environment, At the Beach is a must for the home, bach, classroom and library. Comes with a removable, waterproof quick-reference guide to common seashore animals.
2013 Children's Choice Non-fiction winner and Non-fiction finalist: While the kiwi is often depicted as an endangered national symbol in need of our protection, this book takes a dramatically different route. Kiwi: The Real Story invites the reader into the secret night world of the North Island brown kiwi, illuminating the facts about its habitat, diet, dating and mating, and parenting. This is a book that can be enjoyed completely by young children and older readers alike.
2013 Picture Book finalist: It’s almost Guy Fawkes Night, and at the school speech competition Andy talks about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The children cheer excitedly, thinking Andy will win the contest. But then, Aroha gets up, wearing a white feather in her hair, and tells the story of another fifth of November - the invasion of Parihaka in 1881.
2013 Picture Book winner: Absentminded Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his feet. In a rush to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket. Is it in the bottom pockets of his big coat or the top pockets of his jacket? Perhaps he slipped it into his waistcoat...Where is Mister Whistler's ticket?