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Notable Books List 2011

Storylines 2011 Notable Books List

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust is pleased to announce the 2011 Storylines Notable Books List (for children's/YA novels, picture books and non-fiction published in 2010).

The List was announced at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day in Auckland on Saturday 2 April.  

The Storylines Notable Book List was established in 2000 to reflect the wide-ranging achievements of New Zealand authors and illustrators.

The Storylines Notable Books list allows for the inclusion of anthologies and works by New Zealand writers and illustrators published internationally.

The Notable Books List is selected by a panel made up from the Storylines community, of current children’s literature professionals. These include past and present members of the Storylines management committee, all of whom have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of children’s literature and many have served as judges for the New Zealand Post Book Awards (and its previous incarnations) and the LIANZA children’s book awards.

The panel meets regularly throughout the year to discuss recently published books. Up to 10 books can be selected for each category.


Storylines Notable Picture Books 2011

  • Hetty’s Day Out by Pamela Allen (Penguin / Viking)
  • Ria the Reckless Wrybill by Jane Buxton, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Puffin)
  • A Dog Like That! by Janene Cooper, illustrated by Evie Kemp (Duck Creek Press)
  • The Rain Train by Elena De Roo, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)
  • The Moon & Farmer McPhee by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by David Elliot (Random House)
  • Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Vasanti Unka (Puffin)
  • Quaky Cat by Diana Noonan, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Scholastic)
  • Two Little Pirates by Ruth Paul (Scholastic)
  • Magpie Mischief by June Peka, illustrated by Jo Thapa (Scholastic)
  • The Mountain Who Wanted to Live in a House by Maurice Shadbolt, illustrated by Renee Haggo (Duck Creek Press)        

Storylines Notable Junior Fiction 2011

  • Jonty and Choc by Vince Ford (Scholastic)
  • Hollie Chips by Anna Gowan (Scholastic)
  • The Crocodile Nest by Des Hunt (HarperCollins)
  • Finnigan and the Pirates by Sherryl Jordan (Scholastic)
  • Viola Vincent Reporting by Anna Kenna (Scholastic)
  • The Haystack by Jack Lasenby (HarperCollins)
  • Staying Home: My True Diary of Survival by Jess O. (O’Connor) (Puffin)
  • The Sheep on the Fourth Floor by Leonie Thorpe (HarperCollins)
  • A Girl Called Harry by Philippa Werry (Scholastic)
  • This Way Up by Lindsay Wood (HarperCollins) 


Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction 2011

  • Fierce September by Fleur Beale (Random House)
  • Dreams of Warriors by Susan Brocker (HarperCollins)
  • Smiling Jack by Ken Catran (HarperCollins)
  • The Project by Brian Falkner (Walker Books Australia)
  • The Limping Man by Maurice Gee (Puffin)
  • Into the Wilderness by Mandy Hager (Random House)
  • Ebony Hill by Anna Mackenzie (Longacre / Random House)
  • Organ Music by Margaret Mahy (Gecko Press)
  • Tussock by Elizabeth Pulford (Walker Books Australia)
  • Bloodlines by T. K. (Tania) Roxborogh (Penguin)
Special mention: authors ineligible due to residing outside of New Zealand:
  • The Taniwha’s Tear by David Hair (HarperCollins)
  • Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin) 


Storylines Notable Non-fiction 2011

  • Brave Bess and the Anzac Horses by Susan Brocker (HarperCollins)
  • The Life Cycle of the Pukeko by Betty Brownlie (Scholastic)
  • The Kiwi Fossil Hunter’s Handbook by James Crampton, illustrated by Marianna Terezow (Random House)
  • Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western Front by Leon Davidson (The Text Publishing Company)
  • Who’s Cooking Tonight? by Claire Gourley (Penguin)
  • Naughty Kid’s Book of Nature by Des Hunt, illustrated by Scott Tulloch (HarperCollins)
  • Who You Are is What you Do: Making Choices about Life after School by Heather McAllister (Beatnik)
  • Sensational Survivors: An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand’s Remarkable Wildlife by Sandra Morris (Walker Books Australia)
  • Star boy and Friends: How to Make Cool Stuff from Socks and Gloves and Weird Wabbit and Friends: How to Make Cool Stuff from Felt by Vasanti Unka (Penguin). NB: Both books in this series are considered notable.  


Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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