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The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Esther Glen Award

Amorangi and Millie’s Trip Through Time by Lauren Keenan
This is a time-travel story with a difference. Amorangi and Millie have lost their mother. A carving on a tree offers them a clue and sends them into the past. Here they must make their way along every branch of their family tree to collect an object from each ancestor they meet – all before sunset. The children learn about key moments in New Zealand’s history along the way. Laureen Keenan is also the author of The 52 Week Project and is a recipient of the Pikihuia Award.

Spark Hunter by Sonya Wilson
Nissa is at a school camp in Fiordland National Park when she spots some lights in the trees. She believes something is hiding there, but who or what, she can’t tell. And why is it only Nissa that can see them? Following the lights takes Nissa to a dangerous wonderland, where she discovers she’s not the only one in danger – the forest and animals that live there are at risk too. But what can she do? Sonya Wilson is a well-known journalist and broadcaster. Spark Hunter is her first book.

The Memory Thief by Leonie Agnew
Seth is a statue of a shepherd boy by day and a memory-devouring troll by night, trapped behind the gates of the public gardens. But when he meets Stella, he finds he doesn’t want her memories, while there are things Stella wants to forget. While Seth only wants to talk to Stella, someone else sees her as a threat. A magical, spine-tingling story. Leonie Agnew has won several awards including the NZ Post Book Awards and Storylines Notable Book listing.

The Tomo by Mary-anne Scott
A tomo is a shaft formed by the action of water on limestone. It’s also the deep hole that Blue falls into – Blue is Phil’s father’s dog. Phil is mustering during the school holidays on his grandfather’s farm. It’s bad enough that his grandfather is away having cancer treatment but losing Blue will be devastating for his dad. Phil sets out to rescue Blue in this compelling and pacey read. Mary-anne Scott is a Hawke’s Bay author who is no newcomer to the NZ Book Awards shortlist. The Tomo is her sixth book for young people.

The Uprising: the mapmakers in Cruxcia by Eirlys Hunter
In the sequel to The Mapmaker’s Race, the Santander children, are searching for their father, a famous explorer. As in the first book, the children must use their map-making skills when they find themselves in Cruxcia. Here they must rescue a community on the brink of environmental disaster. It’s a rollicking read from this Wellington author inspired by two things: her love of flying and maps.

28 June 2022

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