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Storylines Kids' Pick Award winners

Storylines Kids' Pick Award 2020


For the second time Stacy Gregg, author of Prince of Ponies, received the most votes and received the Storylines Kids’ Pick Trophy.

The competition was tight, with votes for the top six books being very close. The five runners up were: Tui Street Heroes by Anne Kayes; Hazel and the Snails by Nan Blanchard, #Tumeke! by Michael Petherick; Bullseye Bella by James Guthrie; and To Catch a Thief by Des Hunt.

Children in schools from all over New Zealand voted for the book they would most like to read, after the Storylines Junior Fiction Notable Books were featured on What Now. Eight hundred children from Invercargill in the south to Kaitaia in the north and everywhere in between voted for their choice for the best Storylines Junior Fiction Notable Book .

Votes were cast based on a review of each of the nine Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Books by students from Kirkwood Intermediate School in Christchurch.  The reviews were on the What Now website for the four weeks of the voting campaign and promoted weekly on the What Now programme

Two children who had voted for the winning book, received a pack of the nine Storylines Junior Fiction Notable Books for their school, based on a lucky draw. The winners in 2020 were in Gore and Rotorua.

The What Now team says “the campaign is celebratory, fun and ensures children are front and centre”. The voting campaign provides an opportunity for children all over New Zealand to engage with books and What Now says the competition is “a platform for readers and reading” and "an excellent way to talk about books at length on live TV".

Ragavi Meiyalaghan of Kirkwood Intermediate School Christchurch was the author of the review on the What Now website​ of Prince of Ponies ​by Stacy Gregg, the book selected as the 2020 Storylines Kids' Pick.

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Ragavi of Kirkwood Intermediate Kids Pick reviewer 2020-305-849


Storylines Kids' Pick 2019


The winner of the 2019 Storylines Kids Pick, in association with What Now, was:
The Fire Stallion by Stacy Gregg, published by HarperCollins. The Fire Stallion was voted by young viewers of What Now as their ‘ Storylines Kids’ Pick’ from the ten books listed in the 2019 Storylines Notable Books Junior Fiction list.

The runner-up books were Lyla by Fleur Beale, published by Allen & Unwin and
1918 Broken Poppies by Des Hunt, published by Scholastic.

Author Stacy Gregg, winner of the 2018 Storylines Kids’ Pick award, featured at a special event held at the Manukau Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland.Edited highlights of the presentation to Stacy Gregg and the celebration of Storylines Notable Books was broadcast on What Now.

The Fire Stallion and author  Stacy Gregg with the Storylines What Now Kids' Pick Trophy 2019 IMG 2118-652



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