Archive for June, 2015

For those of you who follow this blog, you may recall that my first children’s novel  My New Zealand Story Canterbury Quake was published last year. I am very excited that it is a finalist in the Children’s Choice category of the New Zealand Children’s and Young Adults Awards this year. The event will be held in Wellington in August and it really is a dream come true to be a finalist. No matter the outcome, it really is an amazing feeling knowing that children throughout New Zealand have liked my book and voted it through to the finals.

Those children in New Zealand under the age of 18 are able to vote for their choice to see who the final winner will be. And yes – this is a chance for you to vote for my book if you feel so inclined. Of course I would love it if you did!

Click the image below to be taken to the voting forms.

This graphic was created for the Book Awards Trust and Sarah Forster and by freelance web designer Jane Harris from Three Hats

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When I am happiest
By Rose Lagercrantz
Illustrated by
Eva Eriksson
ISBN 978192721896
Gecko Press

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My happy life and My heart is laughing are the first two books about Dani, her dad and best friend Ella. They offer a wonderful insight into the day-to-day life of a young girl as she begins to find her way in the world. In My happy life Ella moves away but with time and support Dani learns to accept that life sometimes offers challenges and she finds ways to cope with life. In Rose Lagercrantz’s latest story, When I am happiest it begins with the second-to-last day of school. Dani is so happy that she begins to write a book all about how happy she is.

However, suddenly Dani’s world is turned upside down when her father has a serious accident and ends up in hospital. Dani must then overcome her biggest hurdle yet. There is both a softness and simplicity to Dani’s story and as a reader I couldn’t help but be moved by Dani’s situation and how she deals with whatever life throws at her. As with the previous books, this is another winning combination of writer and illustrator. Short chapters and a perfect sized text, gorgeous line drawings on every two page spread, make this ideal for readers of five-to-seven year olds new to chapter books. This is a heart-warming story that will leave readers with a warm fuzzy feeling. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three books and feel as if Dani is a long lost niece and all  I want to do is protect her, giver her a big hug and get to know better.

Review of My heart is laughing can be found here.

 

The witch hunter
By Virgina Boecker
Little Brown Books
ISBN 9780316327008

“Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear”.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters until she is accused of being a witch herself when she is then arrested and sentenced to be burnt at the stake.
Nicholas Perevil, a powerful and dangerous wizard offers her a deal. Nicholas will save her but only if she can break a deadly curse he is under.
Elizabeth faces a fantasy world of witches, ghosts and even pirates. She must eventually work out where she fits in the world and what is right or wrong. This could be quite some adventure as this is just the first book in a new series.
Looks and sounds very cool. Ghosts and witches and of course a little romance perhaps!