"Torty and the soldier : a story of a true WWI survivor", by Jennifer Beck ; iIllustrations, Fifi Colston - Meet Torty! She's one tough little tortoise with a beat-up shell and some missing toes. Torty survived a great war that raged in Europe one hundred years ago. Torty was rescued back then by a young Kiwi soldier. She is truly a World War One survivor. 2017 Finalist Non-Fiction Elsie Locke Award

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"The Cuckoo and the Warbler", by Kennedy Warne - The grey warbler nest is the only one in which a cuckoo will lay its egg, and it then manages to trick the warbler parents into hatching and raising the cuckoo chick as if it were one of their own. Yet despite this unique connection, the two species lead completely different lives. 2017 Finalist Non-Fiction Elsie Locke Award

"The Cuckoo and the Warbler", by Kennedy Warne - The grey warbler nest is the only one in which a cuckoo will lay its egg, and it then manages to trick the warbler parents into hatching and raising the cuckoo chick as if it were one of their own. Yet despite this unique connection, the two species lead completely different lives. 2017 Finalist Non-Fiction Elsie Locke Award

"Sunken forest", by Des Hunt -   Matt becomes the victim of bad friends and false accusations. Sent off on a military-style school camp to the wilds of Lake Waikaremoana, Matt again gets in trouble for something he didn't do. He spends time alone down by the lake where he discovers a massive eel Following a night of torrential rain, catastrophe strikes the camp. 2017 Finalist Junior Fiction, Copyright Licensing NZ Award.

"Sunken forest", by Des Hunt - Matt becomes the victim of bad friends and false accusations. Sent off on a military-style school camp to the wilds of Lake Waikaremoana, Matt again gets in trouble for something he didn't do. He spends time alone down by the lake where he discovers a massive eel Following a night of torrential rain, catastrophe strikes the camp. 2017 Finalist Junior Fiction, Copyright Licensing NZ Award.

"Gladys goes to war", by Glyn Harper ; illustrated by Jenny Cooper - Gladys loves nothing better than tinkering with car engines and driving at top speed. She also dreams of learning to fly a plane. But it's 1914 and people, especially her mother, keep reminding her that women are not supposed to be adventurous. When war comes, Gladys offers her services at the front as an ambulance driver. 2017 Finalist Illustration Russell Clark Award

"Gladys goes to war", by Glyn Harper ; illustrated by Jenny Cooper - Gladys loves nothing better than tinkering with car engines and driving at top speed. She also dreams of learning to fly a plane. But it's 1914 and people, especially her mother, keep reminding her that women are not supposed to be adventurous. When war comes, Gladys offers her services at the front as an ambulance driver. 2017 Finalist Illustration Russell Clark Award

"Jack & Charlie : boys of the bush", by Jack Marcotte (with some help from dad -  The true story of two boys who live on the wild and rugged West Coast of the South Island. Join Jack and Charlie as they go whitebaiting and fishing, panning for gold, chopping wood with their tomahawks, firing at targets with their bows and arrows, plucking ducks, camping in the bush and rafting down rivers. 2017 Winner Non-Fiction Elsie Locke Award

"Jack & Charlie : boys of the bush", by Jack Marcotte (with some help from dad - The true story of two boys who live on the wild and rugged West Coast of the South Island. Join Jack and Charlie as they go whitebaiting and fishing, panning for gold, chopping wood with their tomahawks, firing at targets with their bows and arrows, plucking ducks, camping in the bush and rafting down rivers. 2017 Winner Non-Fiction Elsie Locke Award

"Coming home to roost", by Mary-Anne Scott  - 'Elliot is on the run from a situation that's just too big to handle. Sooner or later, though, it's going to catch up with him. The question is, will he turn and face it head on - or will he let it run him over? 2017 Finalist Young Adult Fiction Copyright Licencing NZ Award

A book about teenage pregnancy. See Coming home to roost in the library catalogue.

" The Impossible Boy", by Leonie Agnew - A six-year-old lost in the middle of a war. And a boy no one can see... Enter into a world beyond your imagination... Anything is possible. 2017 Finalist Junior Fiction Esther Glen Award

" The Impossible Boy", by Leonie Agnew - A six-year-old lost in the middle of a war. And a boy no one can see... Enter into a world beyond your imagination... Anything is possible. 2017 Finalist Junior Fiction Esther Glen Award

"Awatea's treasure", by Fraser Smith - Awatea is staying in the country with his grandparents and uncles next door to Mrs Carol's house, said to be haunted. Awatea's uncles challenge him to spend a night there, but can he do it? 2017 Finalist Best First Book Award.

"Awatea's treasure", by Fraser Smith - Awatea is staying in the country with his grandparents and uncles next door to Mrs Carol's house, said to be haunted. Awatea's uncles challenge him to spend a night there, but can he do it? 2017 Finalist Best First Book Award.

The Day the Costumes Stuck", by Toby Morris - The moral of the story that 'everyone has a role to play' is a valuable lesson for children to discover and enjoy. 2017 Finalist Illustration Russell Clark Award

The Day the Costumes Stuck", by Toby Morris - The moral of the story that 'everyone has a role to play' is a valuable lesson for children to discover and enjoy. 2017 Finalist Illustration Russell Clark Award

"Snark : being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock and its tragic aftermath", by David Elliot after Lewis Carroll - Gabriel Clutch was a thief and a liar but he was right about one thing. He told me he had a great secret in his collection that would shake the literary world to its roots if it ever got out. So begins Snark", a romp through worlds created by Lewis Carroll. 2017 Winner Illustration Russell Clark Award, Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.

"Snark : being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock and its tragic aftermath", by David Elliot after Lewis Carroll - Gabriel Clutch was a thief and a liar but he was right about one thing. He told me he had a great secret in his collection that would shake the literary world to its roots if it ever got out. So begins Snark", a romp through worlds created by Lewis Carroll. 2017 Winner Illustration Russell Clark Award, Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.

"The Genius of Bugs", by Simon Pollard - The Genius of Bugs is filled with bug tales, facts and figures that showcase bug ingenuity and reveal astounding bug behaviour. Featuring New Zealand and international examples, children will be entranced by these inspiring bugs and remarkable recent discoveries about their genius. 2017Finalist Non-Fiction, Elsie Locke Award.

"The Genius of Bugs", by Simon Pollard - The Genius of Bugs is filled with bug tales, facts and figures that showcase bug ingenuity and reveal astounding bug behaviour. Featuring New Zealand and international examples, children will be entranced by these inspiring bugs and remarkable recent discoveries about their genius. 2017Finalist Non-Fiction, Elsie Locke Award.

"The discombobulated life of Summer Rain", by Julie Lamb - Making people laugh is what Summer does best. It's how she fits in. And is it any wonder with a family like hers? Top of the list of crazies is Pop, her stingy grandfather, who whips up possum stews and turns chicken scraps into the worst school lunches ever. So why does Juanita suddenly want to be her friend? 2017 Winner Junior Fiction, Esther Glen Award anf Best First Book Award.

"The discombobulated life of Summer Rain", by Julie Lamb - Making people laugh is what Summer does best. It's how she fits in. And is it any wonder with a family like hers? Top of the list of crazies is Pop, her stingy grandfather, who whips up possum stews and turns chicken scraps into the worst school lunches ever. So why does Juanita suddenly want to be her friend? 2017 Winner Junior Fiction, Esther Glen Award anf Best First Book Award.

"1916: Dig for Victory", by David Hair - When Leith McArran signed up to fight in a war half a world away, little did he know that he would end up shovelling dirt with Maori lads from home. Nor did he know that he’d become best mates with a young orphan named Tamati Baines, who is haunted by nightmares of steel serpents and blood-red butterflies—visions that might save them from a secret enemy or get them both killed. 2017 Finalist Young Adult Fiction, Copyright Licensing NZ Award

"1916: Dig for Victory", by David Hair - When Leith McArran signed up to fight in a war half a world away, little did he know that he would end up shovelling dirt with Maori lads from home. Nor did he know that he’d become best mates with a young orphan named Tamati Baines, who is haunted by nightmares of steel serpents and blood-red butterflies—visions that might save them from a secret enemy or get them both killed. 2017 Finalist Young Adult Fiction, Copyright Licensing NZ Award

"The mouse and the octopus",  retold and illustrated by Lisala Halapua - Retells a traditional Tongan fable about a mischievous mouse, who is rescued by an octopus, but tricks his saviour. This represents the origins of traditional fishing lure design. 2017 Finalist Best First Book Award

"The mouse and the octopus", retold and illustrated by Lisala Halapua - Retells a traditional Tongan fable about a mischievous mouse, who is rescued by an octopus, but tricks his saviour. This represents the origins of traditional fishing lure design. 2017 Finalist Best First Book Award

"Wars in the whitecloud : Wairau, 1843", by MH McKinley - In a small clearing of land nestled within the Wairau valley two peoples met; the recently established settlers of Nelson, and the governing tribe of that region - the renowned Ngati-Toa. When they marched, both sides were prepared for confrontation...yet they weren't expecting that their actions would drastically alter the future of the nation. 2017 Finalist Best First Book Award

"Wars in the whitecloud : Wairau, 1843", by MH McKinley - In a small clearing of land nestled within the Wairau valley two peoples met; the recently established settlers of Nelson, and the governing tribe of that region - the renowned Ngati-Toa. When they marched, both sides were prepared for confrontation...yet they weren't expecting that their actions would drastically alter the future of the nation. 2017 Finalist Best First Book Award

"Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa", by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard ;illustrated Kimberly Andrews - the story of how the tuna got its silver belly but forever had to live in the dark depths of the river. Tuna is in awe of a nymph that glows and dances along the riverbank of the Rangitīkei in the moonlight. Night after night he meets the nymph and basks in the moonlight, hoping that he will also glow, but he remains the same. 2017 Finalist Te Reo Maori Te Kura Pounamu Award

"Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa", by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard ;illustrated Kimberly Andrews - the story of how the tuna got its silver belly but forever had to live in the dark depths of the river. Tuna is in awe of a nymph that glows and dances along the riverbank of the Rangitīkei in the moonlight. Night after night he meets the nymph and basks in the moonlight, hoping that he will also glow, but he remains the same. 2017 Finalist Te Reo Maori Te Kura Pounamu Award

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