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Storylines Notable Books 2009

Storylines Notable Book Awards winners 2009, for books published in 2008) were:

Storylines Notable Picture Books

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

  • Herbert, the Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • The Apple by Ben Brown, illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Puffin)
  • Kei te Pehea Koe?: How Do You Feel? by Tracy Duncan (Puffin)
  • Every Second Friday by Kiri Lightfoot, illustrated by Ben Galbraith (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig by Diana Neild, illustrated by Philip Webb (Scholastic)
  • The Seven Stars of Matariki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins, illustrated by Nikki Slade- Robinson (Huia)
  • Roadworks by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)
  • The Were-Nana (Not a Bedtime Story) by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson (Scholastic)

Special Mentions:

The judging panel would like to make special mention of Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books). Margaret’s poem has been in print for many years and therefore not eligible for inclusion in the list. However the panel considers Bubble Trouble to be a treasure for New Zealand children.

The judging panel would like to make special mention of Jack by Mike and Esther Fitzpatrick, illustrated by Bruce Madden (JacksBooks). For a self-published book, the design and production values are worthy of special mention.

Storylines Notable Junior Fiction

Fiction suitable for primary and intermediate-aged children.

  • Night Hunting by Deborah Burnside, illustrated by Jeff Fowler (Puffin)
  • Five (and a Bit) Days in the Life of Ozzie Kingsford by Val Bird, illustrated by Rebecca Cundy (Random House)
  • Big Fish, Little Fish by Melanie Drewery (Raupo)
  • Payback by Michelle Kelly (Scholastic)
  • Old Drumble by Jack Lasenby (HarperCollins)
  • Thornspell by Helen Lowe (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Land of Promise: The Diary of William Donahue, Gravesend to Wellington, 1839-40 [My Story] by Lorraine Orman (Scholastic)
  • “Why I Hate School by Michael Fatarsky by Kris Stanhope (Scholastic)
  • Freaky Fish [Kiwi Bites] written by Feana Tu’akoi, illustrated by Eleanor Meecham (Puffin)

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction

Fiction suitable for upper-intermediate and secondary school age.

  • Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale (Random House)
  • The 10 PM Question by Kate De Goldi (Longacre Press)
  • The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner (Walker Books)
  • Scorched Bone [Chronicles of Stone, Book 1] by Vince Ford (Scholastic)
  • Gool by Maurice Gee (Puffin Books)
  • Shadow of the Mountain by Anna Mackenzie (Longacre Press)


Storylines Notable Non-fiction

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

  • Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood by Gavin Bishop (Random House)
  • High-tech Legs of Everest by Mark Inglis with Sarah Ell (Random House)
  • Let’s Get Art: Children Look at Contemporary New Zealand Art by Brad Irwin, illustrated by John Ward Knox (Random House)
  • Juicy Writing: Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers by Brigid Lowry (Allen and Unwin)
  • Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNA: 68 Great New Zealand Scientists by Veronika Meduna & Rebecca Priestley (Random House)
  • Back and Beyond: New Zealand Painting for the Young and Curious by Gregory O’Brien (Auckland University Press)
  • Learn to Skateboard with Luka – Ko te Akonga ki te Papa Retireti I te Taha o Luka by Lee and Errol Petra, translation by Tokikapu Peta (Raupo)
  • How to Make a Piupiu by Leilani Rickard (Raupo)

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