Aim High by David Hill. Neale's sport is archery and he is pretty good at it…
When We Wake / Karen Healey. Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027 - she's happiest when playing the guitar, she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice. But on what should have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies - and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Pieces of You / Eileen Merriman. Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that’s when things really fall apart. I couldn’t tell anyone what had happened. Especially since I was the new girl in town. Who would want to believe me? Things look up when she meets gregarious Cory Marshall. Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life back together; but that’s before he shatters it all over again . . .
Murder at Mykenai by Catherine Mayo, Walker Books Australia,
That Stubborn Seed of Hope / Brian Falkner. Brian Falkner serves up bite-sized tales of fear – fear of rejection, fear of dying, fear of disease, fear of the unknown, fear of exclusion, fear of being caught and fear of embarrassment –showing how that stubborn seed of hope hungers our darkest moments.
The Thunderbolt Pony / Stacy Gregg. When a devastating earthquake hits Evie’s hometown of Parnassus on NZ’s South Island, she and the rest of the town are forced to evacuate. But when she realises that she will be forced to leave her beloved pony, Gus, her dog, Jock, and her cat Moxy behind, she is determined to find another way. Before the rescue helicopter returns, Evie flees with Gus, Jock and Moxy in a race against time.
Jake Bailey: What Cancer Taught Me / Jake Bailey Jake Bailey’s inspirational end-of-year speech as head boy at Christchurch Boys’ High School was delivered from a wheelchair just one week after he was diagnosed with the most aggressive of cancers. As he lay in hospital fighting to stay alive, his speech grabbed headlines around the world. Jake’s cancer, and that speech, became the start of a bigger journey that continues today.
Flight Path / David Hill. Eighteen-year-old Jack wanted to escape boring little New Zealand. But he soon finds that flying in a Lancaster bomber to attack Hitler’s forces brings terror as well as excitement. With every dangerous mission, he becomes more afraid that he’ll never get back alive. He wants to help win the war, but will he lose his own life?