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Melinda Szymanik

Melinda-Szymanik IMG 1534-916Melinda Szymanik writes picture books, short stories and novels for children and young adults. Her second picture book, The Were-Nana, won the New Zealand Post Children’s Choice Award in 2009, was a Storylines Notable Book in the same year, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Sakura Medal. Her fourth novel, A Winter's Day in 1939, also a Storylines Notable Book (2014), won Librarian's Choice at the 2014 LIANZA Awards. Her most recent titles are the picture books While You Are Sleeping (Duck Creek Press, 2013) and The Song of Kauri (Scholastic, 2014), both Storylines Notable Books.
When she is not writing, Melinda likes reading, baking (especially with chocolate), going to the movies, and travelling with her family. She has three teenage children, a dog, a cat and a husband and lives in Mt Eden with a view of the mountain from her study.
Melinda teaches creative writing workshops for adults and children, blogs regularly on writing and is one of nine New Zealand writers who have participated in an innovative online writing experiment for children called The FABO Story.


Selected bibliography:
Picture Books
  • Clever Moo, illus. Malcolm Evans (Scholastic NZ, 2006). Out of Print
  • The Were-Nana, illus. Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson (Scholastic NZ, 2008)
  • The House That Went to Sea, illus. Gabriella Klepatski (Duck Creek Press, 2011)
  • Made With Love, illus. Gabriella Klepatski (Duck Creek Press, 2012)
  • While You Are Sleeping, illus. Greg Straight, (Duck Creek Press, 2013)
  • The Song of Kauri, illus. Dominique Ford (Scholastic NZ, 2014)
  • Fuzzy Doodle (TBC), illus. Donovan Bixley,  (Scholastic NZ, release date June 2016).

Junior Novels
Jack the Viking (Scholastic NZ, 2008)
Sally Bangle: Unexpected Detective (Tale-Spin Media, 2012) (e-book only)
A Winters Day in 1939 (Scholastic NZ, March 2013)

Young Adult Novels
The Half Life of Ryan Davis (Tale -Spin Media, 2012)

Short Story anthologies that include Melinda's work
Dare and Double Dare ed. Barbara Else, (Random NZ, 2007)
Short, ed. Lili Wilkinson (Black Dog Books 2008)
Pick n' Mix: Assorted Kiwi Stories, Volume 1 (Scholastic NZ, 2010)
Pick n' Mix: Assorted Kiwi Stories, Volume 2 (Scholastic NZ, 2011)
Great Mates, ed. Barbara Else (Random NZ, 2011). 
  • New Zealand Post Children's Choice 2009 for The Were-Nana
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards Picture Books List 2009 for The Were-Nana
  • Sakura Medal 2010 Finalist for The Were-Nana
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2014 for While You Are Sleeping
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2014 for A Winters Day in 1939
  • Winner Librarian's Choice Award 2014, LIANZA Children's Book Awards, A Winter's Day in 1939
  • Finalist 2014 NZ Post Book Awards, A Winter's Day in 1939
  • Finalist 2014 LIANZA Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award, A Winter's Day in 1939
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2015 for  The Song of Kauri.
  • Longlisted LIANZA Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award, The Song of Kauri
  • Finalist LIANZA Librarian's Choice Award 2015, The Song of Kauri
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