"My Brother's War" by David Hill Best Junior Fiction
"Melu" by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly Children’s Choice
"Into the River" by Ted Dawe Best Young Adult Fiction and New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
"The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania series" by Barbara Else Honour award, Junior Fiction
"100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa by Simon Morton & Riria Hotere" Best Non-Fiction
"Reach" by Hugh Brown Best First Book
"Mister Whistler" by Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop Best Picture Book
2013 winners announced 24 June
Scholastic Australia | March 2013 | The Queen and the Nobody Boy - A Tale of Fontania
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.
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
Aimed at children 5–8 years old, but with appeal for anyone curious about New Zealand’s natural environment, At the Beach is a delightful introduction to the natural history of the New Zealand seashore. Including beautiful, factually correct illustrations (including detailed cross-sections) of three familiar habitats — the sandy beach, rockpools and mudflats. With a removable, waterproof cover.
Media | Booksellers New Zealand RED ROCKS BY RACHAEL KING NZPCBA finalist
Moving, charming novel from much-loved, international-award-winning children's author Kate de Goldi, author of the 10pm question. Beautifully packaged and illustrated throughout with drawings by Greg O'Brien. Kate De Goldi's The ACB with Honora Lee unfolds with characteristic warmth, quirky, surprising humour and a rich cast of 'residents'. The story is a meditation on kindness and patience and acceptance; that of the very young and the very old.
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.
A child listens to Koro and Grandma as they weave a tale about the life and times of the ancient puriri tree Taketakerau, the settlement and development of New Zealand, and world events that happened over the last 2000 years. Taketakerau still lives in a fine stand of native bush in the Hukutaia Domain, ten kilometres inland from Opotiki, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.