2014: NZ Post Children's Book Awards

A selection of this year's NZ Post Children's Book Award finalists from our catalogue. Keep an eye out, as we add to this list!
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Winner! Maori Language Award 2014: Te Moana's home is lashed by the winds and rain of a violent storm. The next morning, Te Moana notices something is wrong with the mare in the far paddock. Once closer, Te Moana recognises it is a foal, born into the water, and still inside it's birth sac...it's going to need help.

Winner! Maori Language Award 2014: Te Moana's home is lashed by the winds and rain of a violent storm. The next morning, Te Moana notices something is wrong with the mare in the far paddock. Once closer, Te Moana recognises it is a foal, born into the water, and still inside it's birth sac...it's going to need help.

2014 junior Fiction finalist: 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, and he becomes more convinced when the colour red becomes contagious...

2014 junior Fiction finalist: 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, and he becomes more convinced when the colour red becomes contagious...

2014 YA finalist: The last thing Tegan remembers is the crack as the gun went off, intense pain, and everything fading to black. One hundred years later, she wakes up. A fast-paced near-future romance. 'A stirring and century-spanning adventure story that vividly shows how the future is created by our mistakes, our triumphs, and our love.' - Scott Westerfeld

2014 YA finalist: The last thing Tegan remembers is the crack as the gun went off, intense pain, and everything fading to black. One hundred years later, she wakes up. A fast-paced near-future romance. 'A stirring and century-spanning adventure story that vividly shows how the future is created by our mistakes, our triumphs, and our love.' - Scott Westerfeld

2014 Picture Book finalist: Toucan can do lots of things. Toucan dances, Toucan sings. Toucan bangs a frying pan. Can YOU do what Toucan can? A tongue-twisting, joyously energetic rhyming picture book with illustrations to match.

2014 Picture Book finalist: Toucan can do lots of things. Toucan dances, Toucan sings. Toucan bangs a frying pan. Can YOU do what Toucan can? A tongue-twisting, joyously energetic rhyming picture book with illustrations to match.

2014 Junior Fiction finalist: Adam is 13 years old and lives with his family on a small farm in rural Poland. It is 1939 and the war has just broken out. Russians invade Poland and confiscate Adam’s family’s house and farm. They are sent to live with another family nearby, but are then moved on and put on a train for a Russian labour camp as refugees, prisoners of Russia.

2014 Junior Fiction finalist: Adam is 13 years old and lives with his family on a small farm in rural Poland. It is 1939 and the war has just broken out. Russians invade Poland and confiscate Adam’s family’s house and farm. They are sent to live with another family nearby, but are then moved on and put on a train for a Russian labour camp as refugees, prisoners of Russia.

2014 YA finalist: In the Kingdom of the Rose only the power of the Guardian's necklace can keep the people safe from the forces threatening to destroy it. In a hidden kingdom a mysterious Guardian protects her people with the help of a magical necklace. But evil forces are also seeking the power of the necklace, and as the Guardian grows weaker these forces threaten to destroy the kingdom...

2014 YA finalist: In the Kingdom of the Rose only the power of the Guardian's necklace can keep the people safe from the forces threatening to destroy it. In a hidden kingdom a mysterious Guardian protects her people with the help of a magical necklace. But evil forces are also seeking the power of the necklace, and as the Guardian grows weaker these forces threaten to destroy the kingdom...

2014 Children's Picture Book finalist: Children love machines! The Machines and Me series of four simple, well written stories has a bold, clean illustration style perfect for the target age group, by the award-winning author/ illustrator Catherine Foreman.

2014 Children's Picture Book finalist: Children love machines! The Machines and Me series of four simple, well written stories has a bold, clean illustration style perfect for the target age group, by the award-winning author/ illustrator Catherine Foreman.

2014 Children's Picture Book Finalist: This gorgeously illustrated follow-up to Page Break’s LIANZA-shortlisted Fantail’s Quilt showcases the beautiful native Powelliphanta snail on its perilous night-time hunt. A little-known New Zealand creature, the Powelliphanta is not at all like your average garden snail. It is huge, handsome and carnivorous! The Powelliphanta hunting down its next meal is an epic battle on a tiny scale.

2014 Children's Picture Book Finalist: This gorgeously illustrated follow-up to Page Break’s LIANZA-shortlisted Fantail’s Quilt showcases the beautiful native Powelliphanta snail on its perilous night-time hunt. A little-known New Zealand creature, the Powelliphanta is not at all like your average garden snail. It is huge, handsome and carnivorous! The Powelliphanta hunting down its next meal is an epic battle on a tiny scale.

2014 Junior Fiction finalist: As children, Logan's grandfather and his sister Mavis spotted a beautiful and unusual bird in the kowhai tree outside their house: it was a huia, which was believed to be extinct. Now, more than 60 years later, 11-year-old Logan has returned to the Manawatu with Grandpop and a scientist to try to solve the mystery of what happened to the huia all those years ago. Can the group rely on Grandpop's version of events, and find the huia's final resting place?

2014 Junior Fiction finalist: As children, Logan's grandfather and his sister Mavis spotted a beautiful and unusual bird in the kowhai tree outside their house: it was a huia, which was believed to be extinct. Now, more than 60 years later, 11-year-old Logan has returned to the Manawatu with Grandpop and a scientist to try to solve the mystery of what happened to the huia all those years ago. Can the group rely on Grandpop's version of events, and find the huia's final resting place?

2014 Young Adult fiction finalist: When sixteen-year-old Canny of the Pacific island, Southland, sets out on a trip with her stepbrother and his girlfriend, she finds herself drawn into enchanting Zarene Valley where the mysterious but dark seventeen-year-old Ghislain helps her to figure out her origins.

2014 Young Adult fiction finalist: When sixteen-year-old Canny of the Pacific island, Southland, sets out on a trip with her stepbrother and his girlfriend, she finds herself drawn into enchanting Zarene Valley where the mysterious but dark seventeen-year-old Ghislain helps her to figure out her origins.

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