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Notable Books List 2015

Storylines 2015 Notable Books List

The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the 2015 Storylines Notable Books List (for children's and young adult novels, picture books and non-fiction published in 2014).
The list was announced at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day in Auckland in March 2015.

Storylines Notable Picture Books 2015

 Books for children and / or young adults where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story.
  • Blackie the Fisher Cat by Janet Pereira, illustrated by Gabriella Klepatski (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • Have You Seen a Monster by Raymond McGrath (Penguin)
  • Jim’s Letters by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin)
  • Kakapo Dance by Helen Taylor (Penguin)
  • I Am Not A Worm by Scott Tulloch (Scholastic)
  • The Song of Kauri by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Dominique Ford (Scholastic)
  • The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles (Scholastic)
  • My New Zealand ABC Book by James Brown (Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of NZ)
  • My New Zealand Colours Book by James Brown (Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of NZ)
  • Construction by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)

 Storylines Notable Junior Fiction 2015

Fiction suitable for primary and intermediate-aged children.

  • The Volume of Possible Endings by Barbara Else (Gecko Press)
  • Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)
  • Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew (Penguin)
  • Teddy One Eye: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear by Gavin Bishop (Random House)
  • MNZS: Harbour Bridge by Philippa Werry (Scholastic)
  • Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley (Scholastic)
  • Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent (Scholastic)
  • The Name at the End of the Ladder by Elena De Roo (Walker Books)
  • Ophelia Wild, Deadly Detective by Elena De Roo ( Walker Books).

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction 2015

Fiction suitable for upper-intermediate and secondary school age.
  • While We Run by Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin)
  • Speed Of Light by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)
  • I Am Rebecca by Fleur Beale (Random House)
  • Singing Home The Whale by Mandy Hager (Random House)
  • Spark by Rachael Craw (Walker Books).

Storylines Notable Non-Fiction 2015

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

  • A Little ABC Book by Jenny Palmer (Beatnik Publishing)
  • Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa, illustrated by Norm Heke (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • Under The Ocean: Explore & Discover NZ’s Sealife by Gillian Candler, illustrated by Ned Barraud (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland (Makaro Press)
  • New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic (New Holland Publishers)
  • A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children edited by Paula Green, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Random House)
  • Ghoulish Get-Ups by Fifi Colston (Scholastic)
  • The Letterbox Cat & Other Poems by Paula Green, illustrated by Myles Lawford (Scholastic)
  • Piggy Pasta & More Food with Attitude by Rebecca Woolfall and Suzi Tait-Bradly (Scholastic)
  • A New Zealand Nature Journal by Sandra Morris (Walker Books).


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