2014 Non-fiction finalist: Useful for the whole family, this fascinating new book exposes the rich history behind Anzac Day in an engaging and informative style, seeking to answer the many questions children often ask their parents and teachers around the 25th of April every year. It covers all aspects of Anzac Day, from the Gallipoli Campaign and the Great War, right through to the format of the commemorative services held annually throughout the country
2012 Children's Book of the Year and Non Fiction Awards winner: A story based on fact of a Kiwi lad as he heads away, full of excitement, to war with his mates from rural New Zealand. This is primarily based on the diary of Matt's Grandfather, and postcards he had sent home to the family. It also draws on published histories of the Kiwi military in WW1. The book aims to capture what the new experiences of war were like for the young soldiers, and succeeds superbly.
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.
'I thought it would be a great adventure, and it'd be real fun. And so it was – up to a point. Past that point it wasn't funny at all.' — SYDNEY STANFIELD What was it like to be a New Zealand soldier in the First World War? What impact did the war have on those who returned? Let them tell you. An Awfully Big Adventure traces the reminiscences and reflections of 80 veterans interviewed for the World War One Oral History Archive.
Young soldier Jim McLeod waits in the trenches of World War I for the order to attack the enemy. With him are his friends, and Nipper, the messenger dog. When they charge across no-man's land, Jim is shot ...and finds himself face to face with an enemy soldier.
The first of its kind for New Zealand – a lavish, landmark production – New Zealand and the First World War dynamically illustrates 50 key episodes of our wartime life. Featuring over 500 images, many previously unpublished, the book comes with a host of memorabilia: fold-out maps posters booklets letters postcards. This is the complete story of New Zealand's war is brought to life in dramatic detail.
'In the middle of the night, in the middle of the winter, in the middle of a war, a puppy was born.' This fictional story was inspired by the story of Freda, a Harlequin Great Dane and mascot of the NZ Rifle Brigade during World War 1. The ANZAC Puppy is a simple story about the reality of war, hardship, friendship and love.