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            The Skipping-Rope Snake
             

            The Skipping-Rope Snake (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)

            By Duffy, Carol Ann; Illustrated by Monks, Lydia

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            What can a little girl do in the jungle? Play snap with a crocodile? Join-the-dots on a leopard's spots? Pin-the-tail on an elephant? Or just pick up a snake and skip all the way home! With its irresistible rhyme and jungly illustrations, this is a joyful, anarchic picture boo...k from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and illustrator-extraordinaire Lydia Monks, illustrator of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard. With a fresh new cover look, The Skipping-Rope Snake is livelier than ever.
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            ISBN 9781509832453
            Released NZ 28 Jun 2016
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 0-5 years
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            Grey Ghosts
               

            Grey Ghosts (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

            By Challinor, Deborah

            • RRP: $38.00
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            We were known to the enemy as 'grey ghosts'. We could be here, and we could be there... The Grey Ghosts were New Zealand's Vietnam veterans. Their powerful story includes chilling accounts of death, injuries and emotional breakdown, along with the intense comradeship of soldierin...g, and a pervasive sense of humour that is uniquely our own. Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah Challinor interviewed 50 men who served in Vietnam, who speak out about 'fragging' (killing superior officers), the New Zealand Government's role in Agent Orange and chemical exposure, and their hostile reception when they returned. The result is compelling, reliving the Vietnam experience in vivid detail. First published in 1998, this updated edition includes new material on the subsequent handling of veteran's claims, and the reconciliation parade on Queen's Birthday weekend in 2008, when the men were finally welcomed home.
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            ISBN 9781869507718
            Published NZ 1 Apr 2009
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            Fosterling
               

            Fosterling (Paperback)

            By Neale, Emma

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            A young man is found unconscious in a remote forest. He is over seven feet tall, his skin covered in thick hair which reminds onlookers of an animal's pelt. When he wakes in a city hospital, he is eerily uncommunicative. Speculation begins. Medics want to run tests on him, the me...dia wants to get his story, and the public wants to gawp and prod. When a young woman befriends him and he starts to talk, his identity seems to grow more complex. On his release from hospital, events drive him into hiding. Yet how can a young man of such uncommon appearance find true refuge? A moving, compelling story about society and our reactions to difference, convincingly evoked, beautifully written.
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            ISBN 9781869794859
            Published NZ 4 Mar 2011
            Publisher Random House
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            Talking To My Country

            Talking To My Country (Paperback)

            By Grant, Stan

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            The acclaimed national bestseller - moving, passionate, deeply felt and powerful. In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only ...in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media. His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australia and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an indigenous man. 'We are the detritus of the brutality of the Australian frontier', he wrote, 'We remained a reminder of what was lost, what was taken, what was destroyed to scaffold the building of this nation's prosperity.' Stan Grant was lucky enough to find an escape route, making his way through education to become one of our leading journalists. He also spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia. This is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country. Talking to My Country is that rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country - what it is, and what it could be. It is not just about race, or about indigenous people but all of us, our shared identity. Direct, honest and forthright, Stan is talking to us all. He might not have all the answers but he wants us to keep on asking the question: how can we be better? 'Grant will be an important voice in shaping this nation' The Saturday paper 'It is a story so essential and salutary to this place that it should be given out free at the ballot box' Sydney Morning Herald 'Grant is a natural storyteller - at his best when recounting his experiences and observations of Indigenous Australian life with devastating simplicity and acuity. This highly readable book ...has the potential to spark empathy and ge
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            ISBN 9781460751985
            Published NZ 22 May 2017
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            The Thrill of Falling: Stories
               

            The Thrill of Falling: Stories (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Ihimaera, Witi

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            In The Thrill of Falling, Witi Ihimaera continues his exploration of the novella and the long story begun in his last collection, Ask The Posts of the House (2007) with a new set of intriguing narratives: urban fiction in 'Maggie Dawn'; contemporary comedy in 'We'll Always Have P...aris'; the science fiction novella in 'Purity of Ice'; the new genre of conservation fiction in 'Orbis Terrarium'; the different ways of telling history in the title story; and an adaptation into novella, 'One More Night', of Albert Belz's play, Whero's New Net, which itself was adapted from stories in Ihimaera's second short story collection, The New Net Goes Fishing (1976). The ideas continue to affirm Ihimaera's place in New Zealand literature as one of our finest storytellers.
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            ISBN 9781869799205
            Published NZ 6 Jul 2012
            Publisher Random House
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            The Writing Class
              

            The Writing Class (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Johnson, Stephan

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            A unique blend of a compelling story with insights into writing from a prize-winning author. Merle once showed great promise as an author. Now she teaches creative writing. As she tries not to quash the assorted ambitions of her hopeful students, her testosterone-fired colleague,... her lassitude-filled husband and their mysterious German lodger, she both imparts and demonstrates how to write a novel. At times it seems that everyone except her is busy living and writing, but Merle comes to see that life itself is an endless series of beginnings and endings. Drawn with compassion, humour and optimism, the characters keep us avidly reading while at the same time showing through multiple and subtle means the craft of creating a novel. Written by a prize-winning writer, who is also an experienced teacher, the overarching intelligence and wicked humour in this unique novel are a joy to read.
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            ISBN 9781775532590
            Published NZ 3 May 2013
            Publisher Random House
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            The Open World
               

            The Open World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Johnson, Stephanie

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            Elizabeth Smith seems a respectable widow, sailing to New Zealand in 1841, along with a group of early settlers and missionaries. Under the watchful and disapproving eye of Bishop Selwyn and Judge Martin, Elizabeth tries to establish herself in this new country, helping run a hos...pital for local Maori, while acting as both father and mother to her two sons. But she has secrets in her past, secrets that she won't reveal even to her sons, despite their eagerness to know about their father. It is only on her return to London that the truth might be revealed... This fascinating novel is based on a real woman and the community she lived among in 1840s New Zealand. Reconstructed and re-imagined by her great-great-great granddaughter.
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            ISBN 9781869797836
            Published NZ 5 Apr 2012
            Publisher Random House
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            The Fall of Light
              

            The Fall of Light (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Laing, Sarah

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            An excitingly contemporary and innovative blend of a beautifully written novel with graphics. Rudy is a successful architect, but life is not as happy as it should be. His work leaves him artistically frustrated, his wife and two young daughters have moved out of the house he des...igned for them, and his pushy young associate is planning a take-over of the business. When a motorbike accident puts him into hospital and forces him to recuperate at home, he looks in danger of losing everything, but it is then that his repressed artistic yearnings start to make their presence felt, not just in the glass creations he begins to make, but in his dreams, interspersing the text of the novel with graphic images.
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            ISBN 9781775533030
            Published NZ 5 Jul 2013
            Publisher Random House
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            Queen Munch and Queen Nibble

            Queen Munch and Queen Nibble (Hardback, Main Market Ed.)

            By Duffy, Carol Ann

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            Bold, bouncy Queen Munch loves nothing more than eating delicious cakes and enormous breakfasts, whereas Queen Nibble is pale, quiet, and likes making necklaces out of raindrops. So when Queen Munch decides to invite Queen Nibble for a visit and win her friendship, the mission se...ems doomed to fail. But there is more to each Queen than meets the eye and soon a friendship begins to blossom. Author of The Lost Happy Endings, The Princess Blankets and The Tear Thief Carol Ann Duffy brings these loveable characters to life with her uniquely evocative voice - paired brilliantly with the bold and colourful artwork of the illustrator of Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard, Lydia Monks. With full colour artwork and a longer story than most picture books, Queen Munch and Queen Nibble is the perfect gift for new readers, and a journey into a captivating and fantastical world that will delight young readers over and over again.
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            ISBN 9781509829262
            Released NZ 11 Oct 2016
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 5-8 years
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            Rats' Tales
             

            Rats' Tales (Paperback, Main)

            By Duffy, Carol Ann; Adapted by Still, Melly

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            Brings together a dark and magical cycle of folk tales from around the world. This book celebrates the power of storytelling and will be published to coincide with the premiere at Manchester Royal Exchange in November 2012.

            ISBN 9780571299041
            Released NZ 1 Dec 2012
            Publisher Faber and Faber
            Interest Age 0-0 years
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