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Notable Books List 2012

The 2012 list is for books published in 2011.  You can print off the list in bookmark form, or for display.

Storylines Notable Picture Books 2012.
Books for children and / or young adults where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story.
Nanas Colours by Pamela Allen. Whetu the Little Blue Duck by Jennifer Beck.
 Bruiser by Gavin Bishop. Out of Bed Fred by Lucy Davey. Phoebe and the Night Creatures by Jenny Hessell. Tom and the Dragon by Juliette MacIver. Hester and Lester by Kyle Mewburn. Stomp by Ruth Paul. Rahui by Chris Szekely. Lest We Forget by Feana Tuakoi.
  • Nana’s Colours by Pamela Allen (Penguin).
  • Whetu: The Little Blue Duck by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Renee Haggo (David Ling).
  • Bruiser by Gavin Bishop (Random House).
  • Out of Bed, Fred! by Lucy Davey, illustrated by Harriet Bailey (Scholastic).
  • Phoebe and the Night Creatures by Jenny Hessell, illustrated by Donovan Bixley (Scholastic).
  • Tom & the Dragon by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Scott Tulloch (Scholastic).
  • Hester & Lester by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Harriet Bailey (Random House).
  • Stomp! A Dinosaur Follow-the-Leader Story by Ruth Paul (Scholastic).
  • Râhui by Chris Szekely, illustrated by Malcolm Ross (Huia).
  • Lest We Forget by Feana Tu’akoi, illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt (Scholastic).
 
Storylines Notable Junior Fiction 2012.
Fiction suitable for primary and intermediate-aged children.
Super Finn by Leonie Agnew. Just Jack by Adele Broadbent. The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else. At the Lake by Jill Harris. The Peco Incident by Des Hunt. The Flytrap Snaps by Johanna Knox. Nest of Lies by Heather McQuillan. The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer by James Norcliffe.
  • Super Finn by Leonie Agnew (Scholastic).
  • Just Jack by Adele Broadbent (HarperCollins).
  • The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else (Gecko Press).
  • At the Lake by Jill Harris (HarperCollins).
  • The Peco Incident by Des Hunt (HarperCollins).
  • The Flytrap Snaps by Johanna Knox, illustrated by Sabrina Malcolm (Hinterlands).
  • Nest of Lies by Heather McQuillan (Scholastic).
  • The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer by James Norcliffe (Random House).
Special Mentions:
Just One More: Stories by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press), although ineligible as much of the material has been published previously, however the Storylines Notable Books judging panel considers this collection worthy of highlighting. 
The Judging Panel would like to make special mention of the Nitty Gritty Series, published by Pearson Education, as a consistently good series for this age group.

 
Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction 2012.
Fiction suitable for upper-intermediate and secondary school age.
Dirt Bomb by Fleur Beale. Yes by Deborah Burnside. The Bridge by Jane Higgins. Finders Shore by Anna Mackenzie. Sacrifice by Joanna Orwin. Shaolin Burning by Ant Sang.
  • Dirt Bomb by Fleur Beale (Random House).
  • Yes by Deborah Burnside (HarperCollins).
  • The Bridge by Jane Higgins (Text Publishing Company).
  • Finder’s Shore by Anna Mackenzie (Random House).
  • Sacrifice by Joanna Orwin (HarperCollins).
  • Shaolin Burning by Ant Sang (HarperCollins).
 
Storylines Notable Non-fiction 2012.
For authoratative, well-designed informational books accessible to children and young adults.
When Gulls Fly High by Peter Bland. Our Children Aotearoa by Sue Copsey. Nice Day for a War by Matt Elliott. The Call of The Kokako by Maria Gill. New Zealand Hall of Fame by Maria Gill. Yates Young Gardener Get Your Hands Dirty by Janice Marriott. Digging Up the Past by David Veart. The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour by Moira Wairama. Party Food for Girls. I Spy NZ art.
  • When Gulls Fly High by Peter Bland, illustrated by Joanna Bland (Penguin).
  • Our Children Aotearoa: O Tatou Tamariki by Sue Copsey (Pearson Education).
  • Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War I by Matt Elliott, illustrated by Chris Slane (HarperCollins).
  • The Call of the Kokako by Maria Gill, illustrated by Heather Arnold (New Holland).
  • New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis by Maria Gill, illustrated by Bruce Potter (New Holland).
  • Yates Young Gardener: Get Your Hands Dirty by Janice Marriott (HarperCollins).
  • Digging Up the Past: Archaeology for the Young & Curious by David Veart (Auckland University Press).
  • The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour by Moira Wairama, illustrated by Bruce Potter (Penguin).
  • Party Food for Girls by Allesandra Zecchini & Arantxa Zecchini-Dowling, photographs by Shaun Cato-Symonds (New Holland).
  • I Spy NZ Art: New Zealand Art from the Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (Auckland Art Gallery).

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