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Notable Books List 2013

Storylines 2013 Notable Books List


The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the 2013 Storylines Notable Books List (for children's and young adult novels, picture books and non-fiction published in 2012).

The list was announced at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day in Auckland on Saturday 6 April.


Storylines Notable Picture Books 2013:

Books for children and/or young adults where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story.
  • Manukura: The White Kiwi by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Bruce Potter (Random House)
  • Slinky Malinki, Early Bird by Lynley Dodd (Penguin)
  • Le Quesnoy: The Story of the Town New Zealand Saved by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin)
  • The Red Poppy by David Hill, illustrated by Fifi Colston (Scholastic)
  • Colour the Stars by Dawn McMillan, illustrated by Keinyo White (Scholastic)
  • Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)
  • A Great Cake by Tina Matthews (Walker Books)
  • Melu by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O'Reilly (Scholastic)
  • Demolition by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)
  • Farmer John's Tractor by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Robyn Belton (Walker Books)


Storylines Notable Junior Fiction:

Fiction suitable for primary and intermediate-aged children.

  • The Drover's Quest by Susan Brocker (HarperCollins)
  • Dead Harry by Ken Catran (Scholastic)
  • When Empire Calls by Ken Catran (Scholastic)
  • The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi, illustrated by Gregory O'Brien (Random House)
  • The Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara Else, illustrated by Sam Broad (Gecko Press)
  • Maddy West and the Tongue Taker by Brian Falkner, illustrated by Donovan Bixley (Walker Books)
  • Telling Lies by Tricia Glensor (HarperCollins)
  • Red Rocks by Rachael King (Random House)
  • The Mysterious Magical Shop by Elizabeth Pulford, illustrated by Rachel Driscoll (Scholastic)
  • Iris’s Ukulele by Kathy Taylor (Scholastic)
Special mention: Read Me Another One, Please selected by Belynda Smith and Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe (Whitcoulls).
It is wonderful to see the increase in quality beginning fiction books, especially Fishing Fame (Melanie Drewery, illustrated John Bennett; published Scholastic) and Ophelia Wild, Secret Spy (Elena de Roo, illustrated Tracy Duncan; published Walker Books).


Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction:

Fiction suitable for upper intermediate and secondary school students.
  • The Boy in the Olive Grove by Fleur Beale (Random House)
  • Trapped Outside a Cage by Ken Benn (Penguin)
  • Earth Dragon, Fire Hare by Ken Catran (HarperCollins)
  • The Nature of Ash by Mandy Hager (Random House)
  • My Brother’s War by David Hill (Penguin)
  • Ransomwood by Sherryl Jordan (Scholastic)
  • How to Sell Toothpaste by Leonie Thorpe (HarperCollins)


Storylines Notable Non-Fiction:

For authoritative, well-designed information books accessible to children and young adults.

  • 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa (Te Papa Press)
  • Taketakerau: The Millennium Tree by Marnie Anstis, illustrated by Patricia Howitt and Kelly Spencer (Steele Roberts)
  • Sirocco: The Rock Star Kakapo by Sarah Ell (Random House)
  • Kiwi: The Real Story by Annemarie Florian, illustrated by Heather Hunt (New Holland)
  • Eruption!: Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes by Maria Gill (New Holland)
  • How Do You Say 'Thank You'? by Karamia Muller, illustrated by Mark Paterson (Beatnik Publishing) 


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