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Storylines Notable Books 2008

Storylines Notable Book Awards winners 2008, for books published in 2007) were:

Storylines Notable Picture Books

Books for children and / or young adults where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story.

  • Is Your Grandmother a Goanna? by Pamela Allen (Penguin Australia)
  • The Bean’s Story by Tatiana Aslund, illustrated by Vasanti Unka (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Rats! by Gavin Bishop (Random House NZ)
  • Hairy Maclary’s Hat Tricks by Lynley Dodd (Mallinson Rendel)
  • Dad’s Takeaways by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Christopher White (Mallinson Rendel)
  • The Grumble Rumble Mumbler by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Loudmouth Productions (Huia Publishers)
  • Tahi: One Lucky Kiwi by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Ali Teo & John O’Reilly (Random House NZ)
  • Mere McKaskill’s Boil-up by Tracy Duncan (Reed, now Raupo Publishing).
  • No Room for a Mouse by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Scholastic Australia)
  • The Puppet Box by Moira Wairama, illustrated by Bruce Potter.(Scholastic New Zealand)

The judging panel would like to make special mention of Illustrated Myths & Legends of the Pacific by AW Reed, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Reed, now Raupo Publishing). The stories were first published in 1969 as Fairy Tales from the Pacific Islands. The panel considers this edition, with new illustrations, to be a treasure for New Zealand children.


Storylines Notable Junior Fiction

Fiction suitable for primary and intermediate-aged children.

  • Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)
  • The Mad Tadpole Adventure by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • The Dumpster Saga by Craig Harrison (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Shadows in the Ice by Des Hunt (HarperCollins)
  • Dead Dan’s Dee by Phyllis Johnston (Longacre Press)
  • What Happened That Day by Marie Langley (Reed, now Raupo Publishing).
  • Taking Off by Janice Marriott. (HarperCollins)
  • Yo, Shark Bait! by Vicki Simpson (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Archie’s Adventures by Leonie Jayne Thorpe (HarperCollins)
  • The Great Chocolate Cake Bake-off by Philippa Werry (Scholastic New Zealand)

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction

Fiction suitable for upper-intermediate and secondary school age.

  • The Transformation of Minna Hargeaves by Fleur Beale (Random House NZ)
  • Monsters of Blood and Honour by Ken Catran (Random House NZ)
  • Salt by Maurice Gee (Penguin)
  • In Too Deep by DC Grant (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Smashed by Mandy Hager (Random House NZ.)
  • Time of the Eagle by Sherryl Jordan. (Simon & Schuster)
  • Losing It by Sandy McKay (Longacre Press)
  • The Sea-wreck Stranger by Anna Mackenzie (Longacre Press)
  • Hideout by Lorraine Orman (Longacre Press)
  • Zillah by Penelope Todd (Longacre Press

Storylines Notable Non-fiction

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

  • Draw New Zealand Birds by Heather Arnold, illustrated by Geoff Moon and Rod Morris (Reed, now Raupo Publishing).
  • Weather Watch New Zealand by Sandra Carrod (Reed, now Raupo Publishing).
  • The Dalai Lama Story by Andrew Crowe (Longacre Press)
  • Which New Zealand Spider by Andrew Crowe (Penguin)
  • Rubbish by Rachael Goddard, illustrated by Moira Corridan & Cheryl Reynolds (photos) (Reed, now Raupo Publishing).
  • Reaching the Summit: Sir Edmund Hillary’s Story by Alexa Johnston with David Larsen. (Puffin Books)
  • Poetry Pudding: A Delicious Collection of Rhyme and Wit edited by Jenny Argante, illustrated by Debbie Tipuna (Reed, now Raupo Publishing).
  • Illustrated History of Antarctica by Marcia Stenson (Random House NZ)
  • What is a Series by Feana Tu’akoi (Scholastic New Zealand)

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