1,000 Butterflies by Adrian Hoskins

Author: Hoskins, Adrian

This highly illustrated book covers 1,000 butterfly species from every corner of the globe, encompassing all key families and species, including the likes of monarchs, birdwings, swordtails, morphos, glasswings, and more.

The 1,000 species featured are arranged by family, featuring six to eight to a spread (and some flagship species receive a full page). Each eye-catching image is taken of wild butterflies in their natural surroundings, and is accompanied by useful text on identification, interesting features and geographical distribution.

1,000 Butterflies complements the author's first title on butterflies of the World and serves as essential reference for butterfly enthusiasts everywhere, from amateurs right through to academics.

Reading Age: Young adult/adult
RRP: $49.99 Hardcover
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

100 Things by Masayuki Sebe

Author: Sebe, Masayuki

As the title suggests, on each double page there are 100 things for young readers to count. That is not all though as the book also encourages readers to use their observation and counting skills to find groups within the 100 things, whether it is how many brown mice there are in 100 mice or finding a rabbit in a flock of 100 sheep.

Readers will also be entertained by the little visual jokes on each page and there are enough variations in each picture that teachers can add their own tasks for children too. Through this simple book, children over the age of three can count to 100 repeatedly, look for sets of ten, discuss the different colours and animals, and see how each spread leads on to the next.

In the finale, Masayuki Sebe brings everything together, while on the last page, he will have the young readers going back through the book, searching for things they have missed.

It is a very entertaining and enjoyable book that will keep children entertained for hours. The more you look at the book, the more you see. There are actually dozens of stories and some great interactions in a picture book that on the surface is about counting. It is challenging, artistic and fun, helping children to develop their cognitive and problem solving skills in an enjoyable way.

RRP $19.99 (paperback) or $32.99 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Gecko Press

101 Quick Tips Effective Communication by Debbie Mayo-Smith

Author: Mayo-Smith, Debbie

Debbie Mayo-Smith is a columnist, media commentator and one of the most sought after Australasian business speakers. Her book offers 101 clear and concise tips for effective communication covering conversations, sales, writing, emailing, marketing, presenting, Powerpoint, negotiation and using the telephone. She uses real life examples and advice from people with a wide range of backgrounds including writers, speakers, coaches and business leaders to demonstrate the ideas and make them easier to understand. It is a small book that any adult can use and understand.

Although the blurb at the back mentions that you can use these techniques over the dinner table, this is essentially a book for business. It tells the reader how to market themselves and their company better in each of the mediums covered. Some of the suggested tips will not work in all situations though. For example Debbie suggests having three messages when speaking to the media and inserting them whenever possible, especially if you are asked a sticky question. While some media might leave it at that, some will either cut it or push the interviewee to give a straight answer making it look like the person had something to hide. Also another suggestion of looking people straight in the eye only works with western culture and would for example be considered extremely rude to any Japanese businessperson.

Personally I would have liked a note to say that these tips wouldn’t be appropriate in every case or further explanation of when to use them. The tips are a bit too concise for my liking and I feel that it comes across as giving commandments for business communication instead of suggestions that might be helpful. On a whole though and taken as suggestions not to override experience of your own clients culture and preferences, it will be helpful to your business, whatever it might be. In the education sector though this book is probably of most use to boards of trustees, principals or those entrusted with marketing the school.

RRP $15.95
Publisher: Penguin Group

101 Things for Kids to Do on a Rainy Day Paperback by Dawn Isaac

Author: Isaac, Dawn

From the author of 101 Things for Kids to do Outside, which has fast become a go-to book for children and parents alike, comes this excellent new volume full of creative (and occasionally crazy) ideas for things to do when the weather is bad and you’re stuck inside – without having to go anywhere near a TV or computer screen! If you’re feeling musical, learn how to play the glasses or create a lollipop stick harmonica. Get crafty with decoupage and salt dough, or play detective by dusting for fingerprints. Exciting creations include terrariums, zoetropes and kaleidoscopes, whilst wacky games cover everything from Balloon Jousting to Sticky Note Scramble. All 101 ideas are designed to be achievable with little or no parental help, and only use materials that you already have around the house. With a wealth of creative and fun suggestions to keep you amused. You and the kids might not even notice that the rain has stopped.

Paperback, 224 pages
For Ages 7+ years
RRP: $24.95
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

12 Huia Birds by Julian Stokoe and illustrated by Stacy Eyles

Author: Stokoe, Julian

The huia was one of New Zealand's most distinctive birds, and although it has now vanished, it is by no means forgotten - witness a recent cameo appearance in the hit film Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

In 12 Huia Birds, writer and animator Julian Stokoe and illustrator Stacy Eyles conjure up the life of this beautiful bird. Through gentle rhyme and striking imagery, the book tracks the birds’ decline, from 12 Huia birds playing in the forest, through the arrival of humans and pests, to the last Huia flying into the sky.

The Story subtle conveys an environmental message, and is a celebration rather than a lament - for as it concludes, huia birds are alive and well in paintings, songs and stories we tell.

Reading Age: 2 - 6 years
RRP: $24.99 Hardcover
Publisher: Oratia Books

123 Little Donkey by Rindert Kromhout with illustrations by Annemarie van Haeringen

Author: Kromhout, Rindert

When Little Donkey's mother brings home a bag of shopping including three bags of treats, Little Donkey and his friend can't wait to eat them and will go to any lengths to get them from their hiding place.

The resulting tale of mischief with its simple illustrations provides toddlers an opportunity to learn counting skills while hearing a complete and full storyline. The illustrations in this book also have added appeal for toddlers as they look like children wearing dress up costumes rather than actual animals, and the domestic scene is something they all will be able to relate to.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Author: Paetro, Maxine
Patterson, James

James Patterson is the World’s Best Selling Thriller Writer. Detective Lindsay Boxer chases an elusive suspect...her husband. As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay's life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay's husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women's Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth. Filled with pulse-pounding international intrigue, 15TH AFFAIR proves that all is fair in love, war, and espionage.
Adult Fiction
RRP: NZ$37 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

4 Ingredients Kids by Kim McCosker

Author: McCosker, Kim

Following on from the overwhelming success of the original 4 Ingredients cookbook, Kim McCosker has decided to keep with her mantra of Family First to create a fun cookbook for kids. Containing a mix of new recipes and her most requested family favourites, this book is designed to encourage enthusiasm for cooking in children of all ages.

Cooking is a skill that children will have for life, and this book also teaches them about healthy eating by using a variety of tastes and foods to create fun, flavoursome meals and snacks. 4 Ingredients for Kids combines few ingredients with simple steps, easy measures and visual images to make it easy for anyone to make a delicious meal everyone can enjoy.

This book encourages cooking as a family activity, with a recommendation that the recipes are attempted with adult supervision. Unusual for a recipe book, 4 Ingredients for Kids is even entertaining with jokes dispersed throughout the book. Adults stuck for ideas will even find suggestions for party bags and party games near the end of the book.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Random House New Zealand

4 Ingredients: Fast, Fresh and Healthy by Kim McCosker, Rachael Bermingham and Deepak Chopra

Author: McCosker, Kim
Bermingham, Rachael
Chopra, Deepak

The authors of the popular 4 Ingredients cookbook series and presenters of the television series of the same name, Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham have received millions of requests for fast, fresh and healthy recipes. These requests inspired them to team up with Deepak Chopra and write this, their most anticipated cookbook yet.

Staying true to their philosophy of making recipes with four ingredients that are readily available and are quick and easy to make, this book combines modern nutritional science with the oldest healing system in the world, Ayurveda, to provide nutritious and healthy meals for those with busy lifestyles.

Each recipe is easy to follow, delicious and budget friendly. There are many popular recipes (including the most searched recipe on the internet – banana bread) all prepared using the 4 ingredients principals, plus many others for those who want to try something new or different. In all, this book contains over 400 recipes so there is certain to be something for everyone. Each recipe also tells readers exactly how many people it will serve or in the case of something like patties, how many it will make.

I particularly liked the list of ingredients to have in your pantry that is included at the start of the book, where you will also find weight conversion charts, an excellent oven temperature guide and healthy food substitutes. It is an excellent recipe book for those who lead busy lives but still want to cook healthy food that tastes fantastic.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Hay House title

5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

Author: Oliver, Jamie

Quick & Easy Food is the brand new cookbook from Jamie Oliver.

Cooking doesn't have to be complicated - that's why Jamie's Quick & Easy 5-Ingredient Food is sure to become your new best friend in the kitchen.

It's all about making the journey to good food, super-simple. Every recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a plate of food together fast, whether it's finished and on the table super-quickly, or after minimal hands-on prep, you've let the oven do the hard work for you. We're talking quality over quantity, a little diligence on the cooking front, and in return massive flavour.

Each recipe has been tried and tested (and tested again!) to ensure the book is packed with no-fuss, budget-friendly dishes that you can rustle up, any day of the week.

With over 130 recipes, and chapters on Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Eggs, Veg, Salads, Pasta, Rice & Noodles and Sweet Things, there's plenty of quick and easy recipe inspiration to choose from.

Think Roast tikka chicken - a whole bird rubbed with curry paste and roasted over golden potatoes and tender cauliflower, finished with fresh coriander. Or, Crazy simple fish pie - flaky smoked haddock, spring onions, spinach and melty Cheddar, all topped off with crisp, golden filo, and ready to tuck into in less than 30 minutes.

With every recipe you'll find a visual ingredient guide, serving size, timings, a short, easy-to-follow method, and quick-reference nutritional information.

This is Jamie's easiest-to-use book yet, and the perfect cookbook for busy people.

Reading age: 13 years to adult.
RRP: NZ$65.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

999 Tadpoles Find A New Home by Ken Kimura with illustrations by Yasunari Murakami

Author: Kimura, Ken

In Spring, Mother Frog laid 999 eggs in a little pond. Now all nine hundred and ninety nine eggs have hatched into tadpoles, they are tiny and full of beans, also suddenly the pond is looking a bit small for everyone. As they grow and turn into frogs, it becomes more apparent that they need a bigger pond. Then one day their mother and father both decide it is time to move.

It may sound simple enough, but moving ponds can be treacherous for little frogs, with all sorts of dangers to overcome. Will they find a new pond big enough for them all? Will they all make the journey? Also can their large number make a difference?

It is a book about family bonds, helping each other and finding your place in the world. It is a humorous child-centred story that is great for reading aloud.

RRP $19.99 (paperback) or $32.99 (hardcover)
Publisher: Gecko Press

A Beekeeper's Year: A practical guide to caring for bees and beehives by Janet Luke

Author: Luke, Janet

Concerns that bees and their environments are under threat, together with the growth in popularity of backyard sustainability, have seen a surge in interest in beekeeping, according to landscaping and sustainability expert Janet Luke, author of A Beekeeper's Year.

"It makes sense that when you start growing vegetables and planting fruit trees you quickly realize that bees are required for all your plans to come to fruition," she says.

Head of charitable trust Save our Bees, Janet has her own hive in Havelock North and is a passionate advocate for the importance of keeping bees in an ethical and sustainable way.

In her new book, she follows three beekeepers through their first season as they set up and operate three different popular beehive designs: Top Bar, Warre and Flow Hive. Janet shows the hobby beekeeper how to introduce bees, offers practical advice and feedback on commonly encountered issues, and includes troubleshooting tips for managing pests and diseases.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $29.99 paperback
Publisher: New Holland

A Bigger Digger by Brett Avison with illustrations by Craig Smith

Author: Avison, Brett

In the backyard, Oscar and Bryn struck something hard. Whatever it is, it requires a bigger digger. After a succession of bigger diggers, they finally unearth a very big find.

This book takes something young boys love, big machinery, and uses it as the main feature of a fun book for young readers. The detailed illustrations will also appeal to young boys.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: Five Mile Press and distributed by Books R Us Ltd

A Bloody Road Home: WORLD WAR TWO and New Zealand's Heroic Second Division by Christopher Pugsley

Author: Pugsley, Christopher

A Bloody Road Home is the story of 2 New Zealand Division in World War Two. Commanded by Lieutenant General Sir Bernard Freyberg, it became one of the finest fighting divisions in the British and Commonwealth Armies.

This is a story of trial and error, failure and success. Told in the words of real officers and soldiers, it charts the Division's formation in Egypt through to the campaigns of Greece, Crete and North Africa. From the battle for Tobruk to the advance on Tunis; to the onslaught up the spine of Italy from Orsogna via Monte Cassino; and to the final encounter at Trieste in 1945, no stone is left unturned.

A magnificent story of New Zealand endeavour and achievement, and a landmark text in every sense of the word, A Bloody Road Home is an exacting revision of accepted history and a celebration of the men who so bravely served.

RRP: $70.00
Publisher: Penguin

A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt & Illustrated by Sarah Wilkins

Author: Bornholdt, Jenny

This book makes the reader question "what is a book?" and also makes you really think about what it is and reading in general that has an inexorable hold on people.

Although it is indeed perceived and written from a child's perspective, this is a book that any reader, no matter what age, might enjoy reading.

It has slightly fanciful illustrations that younger readers will enjoy looking at and wouldn't be out of place in a children's library.

RRP: $24.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

A Cook's Life by Stephanie Alexander

Author: Alexander, Stephanie

Before Stephanie Alexander penned the hugely successful book 'The Cook's Companion' she spent decades avidly documenting food experiences. Shaped by her mother's dedication to good food and her father's love of reading, she trained as a librarian and all the while observed, noted, assessed and recreated the dishes she loved.

After different jobs and travel overseas, in 1966 she opened her first restaurant, Jamaica House with her first husband. She had no formal training and a new baby, so it was not surprising that the personal toll was great. It wasn't for eight years that she appeared on the restaurant scene again.

Stephanie's Restaurant became part of Melbourne food folklore, permanently raising the bar for restaurant dining in Australia. When it opened in 1976, a salad to most Australians meant using iceberg lettuce, no-one had heard of goat's cheese, and ginger came in a tin. Stephanie was determined to obtain the best possible produce, like what she enjoyed while travelling in Europe so championed small local suppliers or simply grew the ingredients herself.

Her determination and single-minded vision has influenced a generation of Australian chefs, cooks and diners. Now her Kitchen Garden Foundation is inspiring tens of thousands of primary school children to grow and cook their own food.

This is Stephanie Alexander's story offering rare insight into an influential culinary hero. It is the story of how one person's love of food changed the eating habits of a nation.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Penguin Lantern title

A Day With Dogs by Dorothee de Monfreid

Author: de Monfreid, Dorothee

Nine funny dogs live their everyday lives in these pages where you can learn all about seasons, colours, food, town and country, night and day, school and work, and much more - including dog breeds, of course.

Each of these funny and endearing dogs are a different breed and very distinctive character.

Reading Age: 2 - 5 years
RRP: $19.99 hardcover
Publisher: Gecko Press

A Deal's a Deal by Stephanie Blake

Author: Blake, Stephanie

Simon, the little rabbit from the preceding books Poo Bum and Stupid Baby returns in A Deal's a Deal. Simon and his fellow rabbit friend Ferdinand are playing with their toy cars, until Simon sees the car he wants more than his three, Ferdinand's red car.

So the bartering and deal making begins.

This book would be good not only as a read-aloud to younger children, it also teaches the values of sharing and friendship. Recommended for a primary school teacher to use in class as teaching notes are available on request.

RRP: $19.99 (Paperback with flaps)
Publisher: Gecko Press

A Delicate Truth by John Le Carre

Author: Le Carre, John

From a writer known for exciting and captivating spy novels comes a furiously-paced story of moral dilemma, bold action and unexpected love.

In Gibraltar, 2008 A counter-terror operation codenamed Wildlife is mounted in the British crown colony. It's aim is to capture and abduct a high value jihadist arms buyer. It is a mission orchestrated by an ambitious Foreign Office Minister and bully named Fergus Quinn and a private defence contractor who is his close friend and who Fergus is using to cut down some of the structure to create a leaner, meaner service. Operation Wildlife is so secretive that even Quinn's private secretary has not been cleared to receive information.

The book opens with an operative, a midlevel bureaucrat codenamed Paul who takes part in the operation without really knowing what is going on. He is told to do little more than to follow instructions as they are given to him. His future career success is dependant on him not asking questions.

Meanwhile, through keeping his ear to the ground and spying on his boss, Toby Bell, Fergus Quinn's private secretary learns that there is something dodgy and dangerous about Operation Wildlife, but is expelled from Quinn's offfice and posted to Beiruit when he tries to blow the whistle.

Three years later a disgraced Special Forces soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn (who is revealed latter as Paul), retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manorhouse, Bell must now choose between his conscience and duty to his service. There is also the added distraction of Probyn's beautiful daughter, Emily, who watches Toby carefully.

If the only thing necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing, how can Toby remain silent. There are others however who are determined to keep Bell's silence. It's left to Toby Bell, together with Emily, a tough-minded doctor, to stay ahead of a manhunt and put together the pieces of what Operation Wildlife really did and did not achieve.

In this novel, Le Carre sets his sights on Britain and the US approach to the war on terror and makes social comments on both countries. Since the end of the cold war, there has been a lot of talk on how writers like Le Carre would adapt now that the main source of their inspiration and plot had been removed. I will not go into that much here apart from saying that Le Carre has tried to reinvent his writing several times while keeping some core aspects of his storyline. In this book readers will find revelations on just about every page and the usual fast paced suspense that has kept readers captivated by Le Carre novels ever since the success of books like The Spy who Came In From the Cold and Russia House.

Unfortunitely though this book does require a lot of switching between two time periods, and while I would like to say the switching is carried out effortlessly, it can be a bit confusng, particularly if you have to keep putting the book down for various reasons. You may not even notice that there is even a third, earlier timeframe in the storyline until well through the book.

There is a sense of moral outrage in this novel, but unlike his other recent novels, in this it is much more channeled making this one of Le Carre's best novels of recent years. It does however lack the sense of urgency and the suspence of his earlier works.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

A Dog's Life: Heart-warming Stories of Everyday New Zealand Dogs

Author: Bullock, Craig

From lap dogs to working dogs, a heart-warming book featuring over 60 adorable Kiwi canines.

Dogs make our lives richer. They keep us company when we need it most, reduce stress in an increasingly stressful world, take us on adventures and help us with the jobs we couldn't possibly do alone. In A Dog's Life, bestselling author and photographer Craig Bullock takes us on a journey from city to country, tracking down a diverse selection of dogs that all call New Zealand home.

Divided into 10 groups — working dogs, lap dogs, adventure dogs, city dogs, country dogs, expedition dogs, culture dogs, companion dogs, farm dogs and champion dogs — A Dog's Life lets us see dogs going about their daily lives, whether it be training for avalanche rescue work, riding in vintage cars, stealing avocados, spotting dolphins, retrieving ducks or whitewater rafting. These are real-life stories of exceptional yet everyday Kiwi canines.

Adult Non Fiction
$40.00 RRP
by Craig Bullock
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter

Author: Slaughter, Karin

When medical examiner, Sara Linton is called to the local college campus to examine a supposed suicide victim, she takes her pregnant sister with her, not for a moment thinking that there would be a killer in the vicinity with all the police there. When Tessa wanders away from police view for a moment, she is viciously attacked and her sister is determined to find Tessa's attacker. The campus is keen to avoid scandal, but then a rash of subsequent suicides suggests that someone is stalking the youth of Heartsdale, Georgia.

Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is Sara's ex-husband and in charge of the case. A campus security officer, Lena Adams used to work for Jeffrey before an horrific ordeal left her sister dead and her scarred both mentally and physically. She survived the unthinkable but was forced to leave the force because of haunting memories of the past.

Could her haunting memories have something to do with the present? She might hold the key to the sadistic murderer's motive and identity, but can she save the lives of everyone on the campus when she can barely protect herself?

A Faint Cold Fear is a graphic, thrilling mystery that is hard to put down. Karin has crafted a tale filled with three dimensional characters, each with their own histories and problems, adding to this riveting read.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

A Good Harvest: Recipes from Rural Women New Zealand

Author: Rural Women New Zealand

As you might expect from a book of recipes by Rural Women New Zealand, this book is all about fresh produce, whether growing your own or buying it from farmers' markets and roadside stalls. It will show you how you can make the most with the seasonal bounty available in NZ.

One thing that readers will notice immediately with this book is that it is not arranged by meal times or dish types like most other recipe books. Instead it is arranged by the main ingredient used in the dish, which is wonderful if for example you have an abundance of tomatoes and are wondering what you can do with them. This is particularly good if like me, you grow your own fruit and vegetables to find they are all ready at once and you run out of ideas of what to do with them all.

The recipes range from jams preserves and sauces to cakes, muffins, pies and even a poor man's roast. What makes this book particularly helpful to the home gardener though is the growing tips for the herbs, vegetables and fruit featured in the book. At the back of the book readers will also find an entertaining recipe for preserving children, making sure they have a good night's sleep.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Random House New Zealand

A is for Aotearoa by Diane Newcombe & Melissa Anderson Scott

Author: Newcombe, Diane
Anderson Scott, Melissa

Join Girl and Bird on an adventure around New Zealand, and help them follow the clues for where they will go to next. From city to shore, north to south and east to west, you'll see some familiar places and discover some that are new to you.

The story starts with a bottle containing a secret message, washed up on a beach in Auckland, the place where the alphabet treasure hunt starts. The bottle begins a trail of clues, and at each letter the reader must lift the flap to reveal the clue, which helps them guess where they are.

With quirky, characterful illustrations, this engaging picture book is a fun and interactive way for children to discover different places in New Zealand. It celebrates our rich history, culture, diversity and physical beauty in a gloriously handmade format. Included is a glossary/solutions page with interesting facts about each location.

Reading Age: 4 - 8 years
RRP: $25.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey

Author: Carey, Peter

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive.

With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher whose job it is to call out the turns, the grids, the creek crossings on a map that will finally remove them, without warning, from the lily-white Australia they know so well.

This thrilling, high-speed story starts in one way and then takes you someplace else. It is often funny, the more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner, even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this brilliantly vivid and lively novel reminds us how Europeans took possession of a timeless culture – the high purpose they invented and the crimes they committed along the way.

Peter Carey has twice won the Booker Prize for his explorations of Australian history. A Long Way from Home is his late-style masterpiece.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: Paperback $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Australia released in NZ by Penguin Random House NZ

A Mammoth In The Fridge by Michael Escoffier with illustrations by Matthieu Maudet

Author: Escoffier, Michael

Noah discovers a mammoth in the fridge. At first his father doesn't believe him, but after the family has seen it sitting there, thoughts soon turn to getting it out and the fire department is called. The mammoth escapes the fire department and runs up a tree leaving two questions. Who is responsible for getting it down, and how did it get in the fridge in the first place?

A Mammoth in the Fridge is an unlikely story for young readers with a fantastic twist. It is very funny, and delightfully shows how we can sometimes be so focussed on an immediate problem to look at wider issues like how did a mammoth get into family's fridge. It also portrays the trait that many of us have for passing really large problems off to others as soon as possible. The twists in the book will mean that it is read more than once as readers look for clues in the pictures.

RRP $34.99 (hardcover) or $19.99 (paperback with flaps)
Publisher: Gecko Press

A Medal For Leroy by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Morpurgo, Michael

Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then, before she dies, Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. After her death, Michael gathers more information to find a history that has been hidden from him all his life.

Michael's journey to find the hidden history will change his life forever. It is a story of bravery, racism and love during wartime. Readers cannot also help but be moved by this powerful story.

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army, A Medal for Leroy is a stunning new novel of identity, love and loss by Michael Morpurgo, biggest UK children's author and the best-selling, award-winning writer of War Horse, which has now become an Oscar-nominated movie. Once again Morpurgo has written a fine story combining fiction with historical fact to make an enjoyable, touching and powerful read or those over ten.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers

A Mess Of Iguanas, A Whoop of Gorillas: An Amazement of Animal Names and Facts by Alon Shulman

Author: Shulman, Alon

There are many wonderful creatures on earth and even more incredible ways to describe them. This book is the best way to find out what the collective nouns for animal species are. It tells readers what to call groups of zebras, crows, emus, parrots, tigers and lots more.

This book contains far more information than telling readers what groups of animals are called though. It is packed with other useful and interesting facts about animals as well. In the main body of the book, you will find out everything you could want to know about some of the creatures that inhabit this earth, including some creatures you have possibly never heard of before. The book also contains some great sketches of the animals.

A Mess Of Iguanas, A Whoop of Gorillas is a book of trivia that will appeal to children and adults alike, from academics and students to pub quizzers and kids who just love to impress others with strange trivia. It is an interesting and informative, yet entertaining book with wide appeal.

RRP $35.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Particular Books title

A Necklace Of Souls by R L Stedman

Author: Stedman, R L

Imagine that you had a nightmare about a girl getting a necklace that she will be forced to wear for life, that will grow as a part of her, prematurely age her and will eventually kill her when it is passed onto the next chosen wearer. Now imagine that your dreams can come true and that the next chosen girl to wear the necklace is you. That is the situation Dana finds herself in.

The power of the guardian's necklace is the only thing that can keep the citizens of the Kingdom of the Rose safe from the forces that threaten it. Therefore evil forces also seek the necklace. As the current guardian grows weaker, these forces are becoming more of a threat.

Dana knows of the terrible toll the necklace takes on its wearer, and also knows that even without the necklace she has powers, but is she strong enough to be the guardian, is the necklace a fate that she must accept or is there another way? And what about the compensations? Not surprisingly Dana is not happy about being the next guardian.

This is not a burden that Dana must face alone though, for she has the help of her best friend Will and the enigmatic N'tombe.

Then there are the other premonition dreams that Dana keeps happening, dreams of death and destruction at the hands of an invading brutal army.

I particularly like the way this book starts by intriguing readers from the very first page and by the end of the first chapter you can't help but feel for Dana and her fate. It is hard to tell this is the first novel by Dunedin author Rachel Stedman either, as right from the start the story seems both believable and credible, with readers easily drawn into the fictional world where Dana presides.

Those intermediate and high school students who love fantasy will enjoy this novel and will not only be drawn into the battle but also the story of Dana's fate until the very last page.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

A Photographic Guide to Fossils Of New Zealand by Hamish Campbell, Alan Bell, James Crampton, Liz Kennedy and Marianna Terezow

Author: Campbell, Hamish
Bell, Alan
Crampton, James
Kennedy, Liz
Terezow, Marianna

This book provides a photographic guide to plant and animal fossils commonly found in New Zealand. It is basically like a New Zealand field guide for budding or amateur palaeontologists. The fossils described within its pages cover the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic periods. The latter are the most common in New Zealand.

Readers will learn to recognise the distinctive features of each group of fossils, including shape, size, texture, colour and type of preservation. With these skills, readers have the clues to identify any individual fossil organisms.

The excellent photographs provide readers with visual references of each organism represented, while the entries provide all the information readers will need to identify what they might find, including geological information, along with biological and environmental details about fossils and where they lived.

This photographic guide has been written and researched by an expert team of palaeontologists and geologists from GNS Science in Wellington to provide readers with the best information possible to help them in their search for their own fossils.

RRP $25.99
Publisher: New Holland

A Pukeko In A Ponga Tree adapted by Kingi M Ihaka with illustrations by Dick Frizzell

Author: Ihaka, Kingi M

A Pukeko In A Ponga Tree is a distinctly New Zealand take on the twelve days of Christmas. This book is a new edition of this kiwi take of an old favourite with fantastic illustrations by New Zealand’s iconic Dick Frizzell.

The book has wonderful illustrations and is a great way for young children to learn about some Maori culture and traditional Maori food while singing a song with a very familiar tune. Included with the book is a sing-along CD of the song, while at the back of the book, teachers will find the music chords. It is a great learning experience for pre-schools.

RRP $25.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

A Savage Country: The Untold Story of New Zealand in the 1820's by Paul Moon

Author: Moon, Paul

New Zealand in the 1920's was still in the embryonic stage of being a country. It had no government or bureauocratic presence, no newspapers and the literate population was probably no more than a dozen people at any one time. The assessments of New Zealand made by early explorers were haphazard at best with very few knowing what to make of this strange land and its people.

In this history of early New Zealand, Paul Moon details how so many of the events in the 1820's influenced the nation's evolution over the remainder of the century. Once again, Paul also explores controversial subjects. In this book, often-taboo subjects of the realities of the shrunken Maori heads trade and New Zealand's history of child prostitution are covered.

Readers will also learn of Hongi Hika's success as a leader and the debatable success of early church missionaries. Paul leaves no stone unturned in this engaging look at a decade in the history of early New Zealand. It doesn't merely mention events but takes readers into a challenging and rapidly changing country.

This book should be a must for anyone interested in the early history of New Zealand.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde

Author: Fforde, Katie

Romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings are included in Katie Fforde's brand new novel for 2017. 'What I want to know', said Lorna, 'is what lies behind those ash trees at the back of the garden? Lorna is a talented gardener and Philly is a plantswoman. Together they work in the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the Cotswolds They enjoy their jobs and are surrounded by family and friends. But for them both the door to true love remains resolutely closed. So when Lorna is introduced to Jack at a dinner party and Lucien catches Philly's eye at the local farmers market, it seems that dreams really can come true and happy endings lie just around the corner. But do they? Troublesome parents, the unexpected arrival of someone from Lorna's past, and the discovery of an old and secret garden mean their lives are about to become a lot more complicated...The deliciously romantic new novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of A Vintage Wedding, Recipe for Love, and A French Affair.

Age Range: 15+ years
RRP: $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

A Soldier's Tale by M K Joseph

Author: Joseph, M K

First published in 1976, A Soldier’s Tale is an unforgettable tale of love and betrayal. It is an enduring tale, reprinted many times and has even been made into a movie.

Set in Normandy in 1944, in a small village near Bayeux, A Soldier’s Tale tells the story of a young soldier who comes across an isolated farmhouse where a woman waits alone. It is not surprising that when a big soldier like Saul sneaks up on her that she is frightened, but Saul is surprised to find that she is equally frightened of three fellow French countrymen until he finds out they are from the resistance and there to kill her for being a collaborator. Saul finds her attractive, so decides to hear her story and see if he can save her.

Through the narration of a bombardier, whom Saul told his side of the story to around a campfire, we get a complex, captivating and moving tale of love and betrayal. Although it might seem by the size of the book like a novel for primary or intermediate schools, the imagery, themes and text are definitely for older teenagers and adults. It is both appalling and a powerful love story at the same time.

Even though it is set during the war, the real subject is any totalitarian political system and the way it corrupts the human spirit, making it just as poignant today as when it was first written. M K Joseph himself called the totalitarian system ‘the real disease of our time’. He went on to say in an interview in 1979 that wars are just the side effect of such a system and the mad, self righteous millenarians, the holy dictators and terrorists who think they can create heaven on earth if only they kill enough people.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

A Sting In The Tale: The Best of the Bush by 'Big Al' Lester

Author: Lester, 'Big Al'

Al Lester was born in Nelson. Throughout his life he has played in active role in all sorts of sports. He has played rugby, golf, softball and indoor basketball at representative level, but it is from his love of hunting that the inspiration for these tales come from.

Lester has written five previous hunting titles and A Sting In The Tale is a compilation of his best, much loved yarns. For those who have already read and loved Al's previous work though, there are also new tales that also showcase his classic sense of humour. All the tales have one thing in common, a twist that will give you a good laugh.

The yarns cover all sorts of trials, tribulations, successes, failures and mischief Big Al and his companions get up to in the bush. The book also contains some great photographs and humorous cartoons, making an even more entertaining read. This is a rollicking read for anyone who loves tall tales of hunting and the bush.

RRP $45.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Raupo title

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

Author: Fforde, Katie

Romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings. The deliciously romantic new novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match . Emily is happy with her life just as it is.

She has a career as a midwife that she loves. She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she's also feels it's time for a change and a spot of some sea air.

So when her best friend Rebecca asks whether she'd like to spend the summer cooking on a ‘puffer' boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance.

But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate.

Rebecca is heavily pregnant and is thrilled to have her friend on board doing most of the work. Then there's Emily's competitive and jealous kitchen assistant who thinks she should be head-cook, not Emily.

And there's Alasdair, the handsome local doctor who Emily is desperately trying not to notice.

Because if she falls in love with him, as he appears to be falling for her, will she ever want her old life back again?

Teen & Adult Fiction
RRP: NZ$37 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse

A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy with illustrations by Selena Young

Author: Mahy, Margaret

Through rhyme and repetitive word, this fun story of a weekend walk is a great way for young readers to learn words. There are also some fun words not found anywhere else, but that children will love to say.

A Summery Sunday Morning is designed to be read aloud, and is therefore a great book to read to or with a class. The happy uplifting prose is more import in this than the story they tell, although the illustrations by Selina young make them come alive.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

A Time for Friends by Patricia Scanlan

Author: Scanlan, Patricia

Undeniably in the ‘chick lit’ fiction category I couldn’t put this book down and I found myself drawing parallels in my own life on friendships where the boundaries of staying loyal and supportive are pushed too far but somehow despite the abuse you always seem to stay true especially when you are most needed.

Written in the witty style of contemporary Irish fiction Patricia Scanlan unquestionably hits the nail on the head with this saga on two women, forced by their Mothers into a friendship that may not have occurred if the girls had been left to make their own choices but in the end became an entangled love-hate relationship.

Have you ever had a friend since childhood that you felt bound to always be there for them but they never returned in kind? Hilary Hammond has been brought up never to expect anything in return but Colette takes her entirely for granted with the expectation that Hilary will drop everything and help her even crossing oceans to do so.

As the years roll by and each of them is faced with difficult times and tough decisions, but one thing is clear ... to have a friend you must be a friend and will Hilary have to make an inevitable decision?

RRP: $32.99 NZ
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

A Waltz For Matilda by Jackie French

Author: French, Jackie

This book, as the name might suggest, tells the story behind Banjo Paterson’s iconic Australian anthem. Jackie French not only draws on the poem, but also on events rooted in history to tell a story behind Australia’s early years as an emerging nation.

In 1894, twelve-year-old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But as the drought turns his farm into ruin, he becomes a swaggie and member of the Shearer’s Union.

He is also wanted by the troopers for burning down a shearing shed. When his daughter catches up with him, she watches as the terrifying events by the billabong unfold.

The hardships of the land are depicted with great accuracy. Matilda meets some very interesting and engaging characters on her journey including the eccentric Mr Gotobed and Mr Doo. It is the story about the stirrings of a union, hardships and minorities including women, Chinese and the indigenous people, all who had little to say in the new federation but who helped to shape the country. The highlight of this book has to be the strong, fierce and compelling heroine of the story though.

A Waltz for Matilda is a book that young adults will enjoy for its characters, history and involvement of those rarely talked about in this period of Australian history. It is filled with battlers and old biscuits, but topping these is the very determined young lady, Matilda.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers under the Angus and Robertson title

A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

Author: Warburton, Ruth

Anna is a teenager who has grown up in the city, she doesn't believe in witches, let alone think she is one herself. When she moves to a small town in Winter, she discovers the truth, when she finds a book of spells. After all for someone who doesn't believe in magic what harm can a small love spell do?

The answer is quite a lot. When Anna meets Seth, she is immediately attracted to him, but when she tries a spell that she will hope make Seth feel the same way, it amplifies a deadly conflict between two warring witch clans and tears her heart in two. She wants to love Seth and wants him to love her, but if it is magic that is controlling him, she is as bad as the witch clans that are trying to use her powers for their own ends.

This is the first book in a romantic series about witches, spells and one teenager finding out who she really is. On one hand this is a fairly standard paranormal romance, but on the other hand the setting is well thought out. The book is let down a bit by its stereotypical characters. It does however avoid fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads. In fact Anna is someone readers can no only relate to, but that many can easily see themselves behaving like in the same situation.

This is not like many novels currently around in this genre as it is not so much centred around a love triangle but two people who are meant to be together being forced apart.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Hodder Childrens title

A World of Other People by Steven Carroll

Author: Carroll, Steven

A short synopsis of this story is that it is a wartime romance set in world war Two London. This however won't do this novel justice. Jim is a young Australian pilot in Bomber Command. He has just suffered a tragic loss when he meets Iris, a forthright young woman trying to make her way as a writer. This book traces their love affair.

Their love is haunted by secrets and malign coincidence as they try to imagine a future together free from society's disapproval at a time when no-one knows what tomorrow will bring.

In a move being made more popular, this book also features a well known historical figure, in this case T S Elliot, whith whom Iris shares firewatching duties. His poetry features heavily and adds a theme to the story.

Readers can tell that Steven Carroll has done his research for this book, and those who have read Elliot's work will easily find connections between the poems mentioned and this novel. This story is also a life-affirming tale of wartime romance where every decision and every day matters.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

About Last Night . . . by Catherine Alliott

Author: Alliott, Catherine

The funny, enthralling and heartwarming story of a woman who gets a second chance in life - but will she have the courage to take it?

Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire chasing the Good Life. Swapping the tube for the saddle, she is living the country dream.

Apart from it isn't really her dream. It's her husband David's. And David is, well, rather dead now.

Then a distant relative of her late husband kicks the bucket, leaving a London townhouse in her possession, and Molly dares to consider chucking it all in. Quitting the Good Life and going back to her good life.

But there's a problem. A rather tall, handsome problem. In the shape of a man already living in Molly's new house. And when a face appears from her past, Molly is more confused than ever.

Will Molly's London dream replace her muddy reality? Do any of the men in her life really have honourable intentions? And has she said goodbye to country life too soon?

Adult Fiction
RRP: $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Above Auckland

Author: Wall, David

Spanning much of Auckland’s Super City – from Kumeu and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula in the north to Bombay and Pokeno in the south – this bird’s-eye view includes well over 200 images taken by aerial photography specialist David Wall. The photographs capture the essence of a remarkable city undergoing a period of tremendous growth and change.

Type: Photography
Author: David Wall
RRP: $45.00
Publisher: New Holland Publishers NZ

Admissions by Henry Marsh

Author: Marsh, Henry

A provocative and heartfelt new book from the brain surgeon and bestselling author of DO NO HARM Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what forty years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

Moving between encounters with patients in his London hospital, to those he treats in the more extreme circumstances of his work abroad, Henry faces up to the burden of responsibility that can come with trying to reduce human suffering. Unearthing memories of his early days as a medical student, and the experiences that shaped him as a young surgeon, he explores the difficulties of a profession that deals in probabilities rather than certainties, and where the overwhelming urge to prolong life can come at a tragic cost for both patients and for those who love them.

In this searing, provocative and deeply personal memoir, the bestselling author of Do No Harm finds new purpose in his own life as he approaches the end of his professional career, and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end. Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $27.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

After The Lockout by Darran McCann

Author: McCann, Darran

In November 1917, there are tensions in Ireland, and elsewhere there is a war in Europe and a revolution in Russia. It is when Victor Lennon returns to his home village after a long exile. Radicalised by his experiences in the Dublin Lockout and Easter Rising, Victor is a hero to many but a danger to some.

His father, Pius, now drinking himself to death; his oldest friend, Charlie, wounded in the trenches; and the love of his life, Maggie, who he left behind years before all know Victor's true nature. But soon Victor and the fearsome parish priest, Stanislaus Benedict, are on a collision course, with the very souls of the people caught between religion and socialism.

This compelling debut novel tells the story from the perspectives of two strong characters. At its heart is a conflict that has run throughout Irish history. It reflects Irish history, yet at the same time tells a more intimate story of ideals and human weaknesses.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers under the 4th Estate title

After the War: The RSA in New Zealand by Stephen Clarke

Author: Clarke, Stephen

The Story of an iconic institution - the RSA - from its beginning during the First World War through to the twenty-first century.

2016 marks the centenary of the Royal New Zealand Returned And Services Association which has been an integral part of NZ society since the First World War. After the War tells the story of how the RSA has serviced the community and how it will continue to do so.

While there is a surge in people attending dawn parades and many give generously on poppy day, not all understand the importance of the RSA. After the War will help educate people on this readily identifiable but little-understood organisation. It tells of the trials and tribulations of returning soldiers wanting an organisation to represent them, and how the RSA made sure they received a fair deal as they settled back into domestic life after serving their country.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $45.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Alamein by Iain Gale

Author: Gale, Iain

Alamein is a name that will resonate with many New Zealanders, and if your thoughts of this place are of a battle in world War Two, you will know the setting for this novel. In October, 1942, Britain and its allies (including NZ) were in real difficulties; Germany and its Axis partners seemed to be triumphant everywhere. It was in North Africa that a stand was made that started to turn the tide of the war.

Alamein was a battle of strong characters and leaders. The Axis force was led by the famous battle commander Erwin Rommel, while the relatively untested but charismatic and tempestuous Bernard Montgomery was in charge of the Allied forces. For eleven days, both sides fought an extraordinary battle in unforgiving terrain, amid swirling sandstorms and the desert winds.

As with the battle itself, this novel is filled with strong characters, nine in all. They are based on real people, drawn from both sides of the conflict. Through them and others we see the flow of battle, the strategies, individual battles and skirmishes. Also evident is the extraordinary courage and determination of both sides. It is a superb novel that brings this conflict to life with personality and through the lives of individuals. It would also make an exciting and exhilarating movie.

RRP $38.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Albert the Alphabetical Elephant by Roger Hargreaves

Author: Hargreaves, Roger

Join Albert the Elephant as he romps through the alphabet, showing his new friend that letters can be fun!
Enjoy learning about letters with Albert the elephant and his very flexible trunk.

Reading Age: 2 – 5 years old
RRP: $19.99 Paperback

Alf Red's Broccoli Rocket by Simon Clearwater and Andrew Dopheide

Author: Clearwater, Simon
Dopheide, Andrew

Alf Red is a boy who likes making things out of scraps and rubbish. He is also a boy who dreams of travelling to the moon. One day he has a wonderful idea, to build a rocket out of broccoli and corn chips and fly it to the moon. However Alf’s brother Ted steals the rocket and heads for the moon himself, where he crashes.

How will Ted get home, and what will he encounter on the moon? Can Alf rescue him, or will he be stuck on the Moon forever?

This extraordinary tale is told in prose, with wonderful, detailed illustrations that make building a rocket out of food scraps almost seem plausible. It contains themes of helping others, recycling and being resourceful.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Alice in Bakingland by Alice Arndell

Author: Arndell, Alice

Baking has been a love and passion in Alice’s life for as long as she can remember and to her baking is art and science combined.
Alice believes that anyone can bake and has put together this fantastic book divided in to 3 sections Delicious, Decadent & Daring which guides the readers from basic but delicious recipes to more advanced recipes with unique and inviting flavour combinations.

From the would be baker to a someone who has been baking for years there are recipes and techniques in this book that fire the imagination with wonderful twists such as Matcha Green Tea Sponge Roll and Turkish Delight Semi-Freddo or Ribbon Veggie Spiral Tart and Caramel Slice with peanut butter and salted chocolate or for children’s parties and younger palates simple cupcakes presented in ice-cream cones and spiced gingerbread biscuits with added Cardamon cut into gingerbread people and Christmas Tree shapes.

There are cakes, muffins, biscuits, pastries, bread, desserts and every recipe has a photograph of the finished dish which makes you want to tie your apron on and get cracking.

The recipes are laid out well with sensible step by step instructions and the ingredients are all available in New Zealand supermarkets.

There are sections on basic baking techniques with hints and tips that can only come from an experienced baker and recipe writer.

Practical Alice has also not forgotten to add conversion tables for ingredient measurements and oven temperatures with plenty of hints on the best versions of ingredients to use.

Not only is the content thoughtfully put together this book is also hard backed with high gsm or thick pages which will survive any kitchen though I do think this book is good enough for any coffee table.
Photography by Murray Lloyd

RRP $49.99
Publisher: Harper Collins

All about Food by Michele Mira Pons with illustrations by Marion Puech

Author: Pons, Michele Mira

Like the name says, this book tells readers all about food, like what our ancestors ate and how the human body converts a steak into microscopic elements. It also explains why some people like food others of us consider strange.

Eating is essential in order to stay alive and All About food explains food’s journey through the human body, its role, history and why healthy eating is important. The fascinating and informative text is complimented with entertaining, often humorous and memorable illustrations making this book not only a learning experience but an entertaining read.

This book even has practical experiments and simple recipes that readers can easily do themselves that will not only help reinforce the facts explained in the book but will also widen their own preferences and experiences of food.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

All About New Zealand's Freshwater Wildlife by Dave Gunson

Author: Gunson, Dave

All About New Zealand's Freshwater Wildlife is the latest in Dave Gunson's 'All About' natural history series aimed at children aged between six and nine.

New Zealand is a land of rivers and lakes. With such an abundance of freshwater, it is not surprising that the environment it creates provides a habitat rich in wildlife. There are few children in New Zealand who would find themselves far from fresh water rivers or streams and therefore have the opportunity to discover the birds, insects, fish and other creatures dependant on it.

All About New Zealand's Freshwater Wildlife is a great companion for children exploring those places, enabling them to identify species they find, and answering some on the questions they might have. Dave Gunson introduces around 60 of our most interesting and spectacular water creatures and plants. Each page features one large or two to three smaller illustrations accompanied by text on the relevant species.

Like others in the series, All About New Zealand's Freshwater wildlife is an informative book that will spark and encourage children's' interest in the world around them. Some of the illustrations show some of the creatures and plants in a way that children would have never seen before, but all make it easy to identify a species once they are found.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: New Holland

All About New Zealand's Garden Wildlife by Dave Gunson

Author: Gunson, Dave

At first glance it may seem that the average New Zealand garden is not the best place to find wildlife, but if you look closely you will find bugs, spiders and ants, even maybe geckos, wetas and the occasional hedgehog. There is definitely a lot going on that you don't normally notice.

The garden also offers the perfect opportunity for environmental discovery. Young New Zealanders spend time examining animal, insect and plant life without really knowing much about it. All About New Zealand's Garden Wildlife aims to change that.

Written and illustrated by Dave Gunson, in his informative, entertaining style, this book will introduce children to over sixty of the most interesting garden creatures and plants. It is a great introduction to science and the environment around us.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: New Holland

All About New Zealand's Seashore by Dave Gunson

Author: Gunson, Dave

All About New Zealand’s Seashore lives up to its name. In this book designed for the six to nine age group, readers will find loads of facts on just about every living thing (or thing that used to be living) that can be found on our sea shore from plants, insects and shellfish to birds, fish and even some strange sea creatures who once dead may have part of their anatomy washed upon the beach.

It will cover just about anything that young (or not so young) inquisitive minds want to know about what they can find or have found on New Zealand’s seashore. The excellent colour illustrations accompanying the text make this not just an interesting and informative but also enjoyable read.

It is the fourth title in New Holland’s ‘All About’ natural history series. Being about the seashore, it is also a book that most New Zealand children can relate to and covers subject matter that most children are interested in. It is a great book for children to read before a field trip to the beach.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: New Holland

All Blacks Don’t Cry: A story of hope by John Kirwan

Author: Kirwan, John

John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wingers ever to put on the All Black shirt. He was a prominent and revered figure at the dawn of the professional age of rugby. It seemed he lived a charmed life and that he was unshakable, but behind closed doors, JK was living a tormented life and one which he at first felt the need to hide.

Although he was a high profile sportsman and people would have thought things couldn’t have been better for him, JK suffered from depression for many years. Every day became a superhuman struggle to seem normal, and he was terrified of what he might become, do or loose.

He managed to survive by reaching out and seeking help from those closest to him. It took a while for him to seek this help, but when he did he realised that he should have done it as soon as he stated to get the panic attacks. When he acknowledged he had a problem, he started his first steps to wellness, and importantly found the hope that things could get better. Holding onto this hope got JK through his depression.

This book helps readers who suffer from depression to realise that they are not alone and they can recover and lead a normal life. It gives them hope to hang onto also. He gives an inspirational and helpful example from a high profile personality that seemingly exemplified what most NZ men wanted to become. Men especially will find this book a great help as it shows that talking about feelings or seeking help doesn’t make you any less of a man.

All Blacks Don’t Cry also helps to raise awareness of depression and will help others to understand this affliction. It will perhaps also help them to help anyone around them who suffers from depression.

RRP $42.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

All Blacks Sticker Activity Book



This super sticker activity book is packed with more than 40 stickers and 16 fun activities to engage and occupy the ultimate mad-keen young ALL BLACKS supporter!

Inside the All Blacks Sticker Activity Book you will:

- learn All Blacks ball skills
- choose an All Black lineup and help decide their strategy
- find out all sorts of stuff about your favourite game
- test how much you know about New Zealand's top team
- assist the Boys in Black to victory!

Reading age 6 to 10+ yrs
RRP: $9.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House

All Dressed in White

Author: Higgins Clark, Mary
Burke, Alafair

Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart. She and Jeffrey had already battled through sickness and health, although their lives were certainly more richer than poorer as Amanda was set to inherit her father's successful garment company.

Then Amanda disappeared the night of her bachelorette party.

In present-day New York City, Laurie Moran realizes a missing bride is the perfect cold case for her 'Under Suspicion' television series to investigate. By recreating the night of the disappearance at the wedding's Florida resort with Amanda's friends and family, Laurie hopes to find the same success solving the cases featured in the series' first episodes. With Amanda's former fiancé now married to a bridesmaid, and a jealous sister, playboy groomsmen, and rumors about the "beloved" bride herself, Laurie and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley quickly realize everyone has their own theory about why Amanda disappeared into thin air.

One thing is certain, whoever was behind Amanda's vanishing plans to keep the truth hidden "til death do they part"...

Adult Fiction
RRP $36.99
By Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Author: Mastai, Elan

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed…because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future - is supposed to be.

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.

Reading age: 15+ years
RRP: $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

All That We Remember by Zoe Adams

Author: Adams, Zoe

When a young woman loses her memory after a traumatic car accident, she decides to recuperate in her palatial family home which happens to be a mansion set high on the cliffs and about to be sold. Seizing this as her last opportunity to enjoy summer there and hoping it will stimulate her memory, which is alarmingly blank for large sections of her childhood, she moves in.

Instead of the peace she is seeking, she begins to relive someone else’s memories of the house, and her every movement stirs another presence. As the tension builds, her trust in both old and new relationships is tested, and tragic secrets begin to surface. A haunting image of a white wisp-like veil winds through her dreams and into unfolding events, then the unveiling of the final secret leaves her changed forever.

All That We Remember is set over a long hot summer in an old house above a remote beach in coastal NZ. It is a compelling and gripping novel intertwined with mystery, tension and romance. Once started it is hard to put down and ends with a surprising twist.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford

Author: Clifford, Aoife

Your secrets define you, don’t let them kill you. ‘This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths but perhaps all of them were murders. It’s a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So let’s just call them deaths and say I was involved. This story could be told a hundred different ways.’ Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why. College life had seemed like a wonderland of sex, drugs and maybe even love. Full of perfect strangers, it felt like the ideal place for Pen to shed the confines of her small home town and reinvent herself. But the darkness of her past clings tight, and when the killings begin and friendships are betrayed, Pen’s secrets are revealed. The consequences are deadly. You don’t have to believe in ghosts for the dead to haunt you. You don’t have to be a murderer to be guilty.

For Ages: Young Adult to Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Amazing Fantastic Incredible

Author: Lee, Stan
David, Peter
Doran, Colleen

A Marvelous Memoir
In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee - comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes - shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.

Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life - and into the mainstream - some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories - filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity - added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century.

In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir - illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran - Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.

This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.

For Teens & Adults
RRP 49.99
By Stan Lee, Peter David and Colleen Doran
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Amazing Guitar Facts and Trivia by Nigel Cawthorne

Author: Cawthorne, Nigel

This is a book for guitar fans everywhere and those who want to learn more about guitars. It is packed with intriguing facts, anecdotes, quotes, lists, history and also the bizarre. Readers will find that guitars have had an influence in just about all music genres. They will also learn about some of the great guitars and manufacturers. What book on guitars would be complete without including some of the great icons who use them? In this book you will find fascinating facts about Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, B B King and many more.

This book seems comprehensive on the surface, but isn't quite as comprehensive as it seems, for instance a guitar that I have at home isn't listed, and the general style is only mentioned in a list of famous musicians who played one. The book is also hard to follow as each of the subjects it covers is dispersed throughout the book. In fact the contents are even stated as being completely random so that each time you open the book you will discover an amazing variety of facts. This makes it good for someone who wants to read something while waiting for adverts to finish or to glance at in a waiting room, but makes it harder to read cover to cover.

Some of the so-called facts like the top 100 lists throughout the book might also be a bit subjective, although the author has referenced them so they can be put into perspective. Also many of today's students won't recognise many of the names, songs or records listed in the book.

For all its faults though, it is an inspirational and informative book on guitars, their history and contribution of guitarists to modern music. It will prove especially popular with anyone who loves to play the electric guitar, although I would suggest they would be just as likely to read it if in more conventional format.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: New Holland

An Afternoon In Summer by Kathy Guiffre

Author: Guiffre, Kathy

When American Kathy Guiffre decided to take her two small sons to Rarotonga for a year to escape her failed marriage and second failed relationship, she took the biggest gamble of her life. She also saw it as a change to her high stress life as a working single mother. But leaving a comfortable position as a university lecturer in Colorado for an Island she had know idea about let alone know anyone in was a big risk to take just to make a new start.

When she arrives, she finds it is a bigger risk than she first thought as the house she was promised doesn’t eventuate and almost every other outsider is on a ten day package tour. Her unlikely saviour is an 82 year old Maori woman named Emily. She has a large house on the edge of the ocean, which is shared with two callous missionaries, the ghosts of Emily’s ancestors and briefly with a bizarre Eastern European couple.

Over time, Kathy falls in love with the island and embraced by its people. An Afternoon In Summer is an inspirational book about searching for something different in life even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone, and finding something better than you could dream of. It is the story of finding serenity, sensuality and ultimately love.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Awa Press

An Elephant In The Garden by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Morpurgo, Michael

What starts off as an unbelievable statement by a seemingly senile old woman turns out to be a true and epic tale of a family’s escape from a burning city of Dresden during the Second World War, told to the only person that would believe her, a young boy that reminds the old woman of her young brother Karli.

Karl’s mother is a nurse at the home where the old woman is a resident and at first she thinks the old woman is just telling tall stories, but when Karl takes a liking to the old woman and she insists on telling him the story on a particular day, Karl’s mother decides to listen and finds out that the story has more than just a ring of truth.

The old woman, Elizabeth was born in Germany between the world wars and when the Second World War broke out, she was living in Dresden with her father, mother and younger brother. Her father went away to fight in the army, and they occasionally got letters from him, but because he was gone along with so many other men, her mother was forced to find work and she did, she was a curator in the zoo, charged with looking after the elephants. Near the end of the war, it looks more and more certain that Dresden will be bombed, so the order is given that all the dangerous animals like tigers, lions and elephants must be shot in case they escape the zoo.

Elizabeth’s mother has grown very fond of a baby elephant called Marlene though and is determined to save her. Because it is so young and not really a threat, she is allowed to take it home and look after it at her house, but then the bombs start falling and with the whole city on fire they look to escape. They flee to a relative’s place, whom they were once close to but haven’t seen since they argued with Elizabeth’s parents over Hitler. When they arrive, the place is deserted except for a very unwelcome stranger, an Allied airman. With the Russian army close behind and the Allied army advancing in the direction they are heading, they are in real danger, but the Canadian Navigator offers to help them, but his help also puts the family in far more danger.

This story tells of the war from a different point of view, that of an innocent German family in a city that was bombed in retaliation for the Battle of Britain. It is the story of a family’s love for each other and for an elephant who is like one of the family. It is also about the changing attitudes that war can bring, the hatred it can cause, but also about forgiveness. It is also the story of love between Elizabeth and the enemy airman. Will it survive with danger everywhere?

RRP $22.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

An Unexpected Hero by L P Hansen

Author: Hansen, L P

This year's Read Aloud National Campaign choice.

An Unexpected Hero tells the tale of 12-year-old Matt, who decides to speak about World War 1 pacifist Archie Baxter, father of poet James K. Baxter. Matt goes to the country to stay with his grandparents for a term and is plunged into the unfamiliar world of a very small rural school and a community where everyone knows, or thinks they do, all about everyone else.

He's involved in a school project of researching and making a speech about someone he considers a local hero. Archie Baxter is a risky choice as almost every family in the district has lost someone to war. There are people in the community who consider Baxter far from being a hero and feelings run high."

Bullying and threatening letters ensue and behind it all, a family scandal that only Matt can deal with. Under such pressure, his childhood stammer returns and things look grim for this genuinely unlikely and unexpected hero.

Linda Hansen herself only learnt about Archie Baxter and the scale of New Zealand's resistance to war in her middle years. She wanted to give today's children the chance to learn about him.

‘An Unexpected Hero’ is published by Create Books and is available from the bookshop page on their website, please use link below.

Genre: Fiction for 9-13 year olds
RRP $21.95

Anatomies by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Author: Aldersey-Williams, Hugh

Until we fall ill, most of us take this extraordinarily complicated collection of flesh, bones and fluids entirely for granted. Over the centuries we have changed our attitudes to our bodies including how it should look, how to live with it and what it means. Blending history, science, art, literature and the everyday, Hugh Aldersey-Williams investigates this most marvellous and mysterious creation.

This book is therefore a treasure trove of surprising facts, remarkable stories and startling information encompassing everything about the human anatomy from the first finger-printing to the physiology of angels, from the death-mask of Isaac Newton to the afterlife of Einstein's brain.

While there are some illustrations and black and white reproductions of artworks, this is a book heavy in informative text, making it more appealing to those older students already with an interest in anatomy. It is also written from a more personal perspective than one might expect making it more of a readable text than a look-up reference on a particular aspect.

Aldersey-Williams encompasses some enjoyable, quirky and interesting subjects to make this book more interesting than some others on the topic, although some of the things he covers are better represented elsewhere. Where this book falls down however, is that it focuses more on historical context than scientific content.

RRP $35.00
Publisher: Published and distributed by Penguin Group under the Viking title

Angel of Storms - Book 2 of Millennium's Rule

Author: Canavan, Trudi

International No.1 bestselling author Trudi Canavan returns with the second novel in the Millennium's Rule series - her most powerful and thrilling adventure yet.

Tyen trains students in the ways of magic, but his teaching may soon be outlawed. Rumour has it that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and is harshly enforcing his old laws - including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and pupils flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose . . . except to fulfil the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do to free her.

Elsewhere, Rielle's peaceful new life as a tapestry weaver has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artists of his heavenly realm. But what will he require in return for this extraordinary offer?

Teen & Adult Fiction
Author: Trudi Canavan
RRP: $34.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Angelica The Angel Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Author: Meadows, Daisy

In this, the latest Rainbow Magic book, Kirsty and Rachel are once again helping a fairy following Jack Frost's evil plans to steal her magic.

This time Angelica, the Angel Fairy is the victim. It is Angelica's job to make sure people are good and kind at Christmas time, but with her three magic items gone, everyone starts being naughty.

Can Kirsty and Rachel help Angelica find her magic items and restore the peace in time for Christmas?

Angelica the Angel Fairy is an entertaining fun story that fans of the series will love. RRP $16.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Orchard title

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Author: Tolstoy, Leo

nth). The love story of Anna Karenina is a timeless classic and now, thanks to a movie release and this subsequent release of the novel, the epic tale is opened up to a new generation of readers.

Anna Karenina is a woman who seems to have everything. She is beautiful, wealthy, popular and has an adored son. However, she feels her life is empty until the moment she meets the impetuous officer, Count Vronsky. Vronsky wants to marry her, but that would mean she has to leave her husband, a government official first. The subsequent affair between Karenina and Vronsky scandalises both society and family before bringing jealousy and bitterness in its wake.

Contrasting with this tale is the vividly observed story of Levin, a landowner and man striving for contentment and meaning to his life. He wants to marry Princess Ekaterina (Kitty) Shcherbatsky, sister-in-law to Karenina's brother. The novel details the problems he has managing his estates, his two proposals to Kitty, the eventual marriage and personal problems in his life.

Regarded by some as the greatest work of realist fiction ever written, it is certainly a must read for anyone who enjoys the movie, but more than that it is a great love tragedy and saga.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Anton And The Battle written and illustrated by Ole Konnecke

Author: Konnecke, Ole

This is a story that is replicated on any pre-school or primary school playground, where two children, in this case boys named Anton and Luke, try to outdo each other with their imagination and boasting that they are stronger, braver, faster and can do things better than their rival. However, when a puppy comes along, who will actually be the bravest and the fiercest?

This book is a fantastically humorous story about rivalry, friendship and fighting using imagination rather than physical force. It is a child centred picture book for readers over four, but adults might find similarities between the themes and some of the things that happen in the adult world.

RRP $34.99 Hardcover or $19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Gecko Press

Anton Can Do Magic written and illustrated by Ole Konnecke

Author: Konnecke, Ole

Anton wants to be a magician; he has a magic hat but is that enough to make things disappear? A tree proves too big, but a bird works much better, then when he makes his friend Luke disappear he realises he doesn’t really want to make him disappear. How can Anton get Luke back, and where has he gone?

This is a funny and enjoyable tale for young readers, with plenty of twists. The illustrations compliment the story perfectly and show the secrets to Anton’s ‘magic’. The final twist is particularly good as it has his friends thinking maybe Anton is a musician after all

The illustrations are reminiscent of the Peanuts cartoons and the story is delightfully simple while containing plenty of surprises.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Anzac Day Parade by Glenda Kane and Lisa Allen

Author: Kane, Glenda
Allen, Lisa

This story begins with an old soldier remembering his friends and comrades who lost their lives defending Crete during the Second World War. When a young boy asks him if it was cool to kill, he gets more than he bargained for, when the man tells him of the horrors of war and his friends who lost their lives.

At the end of the book there is also some factual information about what happened in Crete and also about why we commemorate ANZAC Day. It has a strong anti-war message, told in rhyme, with some fitting illustrations where details of the present are blended with the ghosts of the past.

Anzac Day Parade shows readers that ANZAC Day is not a celebration but a remembrance of those who fought for our country and our way of life in far-away lands never to return. It is a good picture book for a class to read when looking at ANZAC day.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Picture Puffin title

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story by Gavin Bishop

Author: Bishop, Gavin

Discover the story of New Zealand through this richly illustrated visual history by award-winning illustrator Gavin Bishop.

Over a thousand years ago, the wind, sea currents and stars brought people to the islands that became known as Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.
Navigate your way through this sumptuously illustrated story of New Zealand.
Explore the defining moments of our history, captured by celebrated children's book creator Gavin Bishop, from the Big Bang right through to what might happen tomorrow. Discover Maori legends, layers of meaning and lesser-known facts.
A truly special book, Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story deserves a space on every bookshelf, to be taken off and pored over, thumbed and treasured, time and again.

Reading Age: 8 to 10 years.
RRP: Hard Cover A3 size NZ$40.00
Publisher: Puffin - Random House New Zealand

April Loses It by April Ieremia

Author: Ieremia, April

Former Silver Fern netballer and TV presenter April Ieremia has struggled with her weight since retiring from elite sport. Just like many other people around the country she couldn't get the weight off or keep it off.

Fed up with unsuccessful attempts at loosing weight, she challenged herself to lose 30 kilos in 30 weeks by eating intelligently and exercising regularly, with no gimmicks. To help her she enlisted the help of Scott Cottier, a former New Zealand Special Forces trainer.

Like most people who try to loose weight, April finds hurdles and temptations along the way. Trips overseas derail her programme, she rewards herself with sweet treats and battles with herself to get off the couch. Her weight loss journey will strike a chord with everyone who has tried to be slimmer but failed, and will give them the encouragement they need to try again and succeed.

This book is not about some seemingly miraculous diet or exercise machine that could have you losing weight quickly only to put it on again a month or two later. It is about eating intelligently and exercising regularly, which can not only help you loose weight but keep it off. The goal of 30 kg in 30 weeks doesn't seem that hard either, it is only 1kg a week. But as many dieters know, it can be harder than it looks.

This book also features tips from Scotty and an adaptable training programme for readers to follow, themselves making it very handy for anyone wanting to loose weight.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

Author: Singh, Nalini

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangel lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, Guild Hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within - truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is . . .

Nothing will ever be the same again.

Reading Age: Young Adult to Adult
RRP: $24.99 paperback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Are You Ready? The Essential Survival Guide For Every New Zealander by John Lockyer

Author: Lockyer, John

As the people of Christchurch, Japan and other places around the world know from recent events, disasters happen quickly and without compassion, disrupting thousands of lives every year. During a disaster emergency services may not be able to respond to every call immediately or even be reached. This means that we must be prepared to provide our own shelter, food, first aid, water and sanitation until help arrives or things return to normal.

These are things that must be looked at before a disaster strikes, but too often we think we are safe until the disaster strikes. If one lesson for all New Zealanders can be taken away from the Christchurch earthquakes, it should be that a disaster can strike anywhere, at any time and without any warning, so everyone should be prepared.

Are You Ready is a small and handy step-by-step handbook focusing on how to make, practice and sustain emergency plans. This guide provides sound information on what to do before, during and after the complete range of disasters that we in New Zealand could face in a handy pocket sized concise book. It makes it easy for everyone to be prepared to get through any disaster.

RRP $12.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Are You Sad, Little Bear? By Rachel Rivett

Author: Rivett, Rachel

A book about learning to say goodbye for children aged 3 to 7 years.
Grandmother Bear has gone forever, and Little Bear is feeling sad. His mother wisely suggests that perhaps asking his woodland companions what saying goodbye means to them will help him understand his loss. Little Bear's day of exploring and asking questions brings him comfort and hope. For the swallows, saying goodbye means flying to warmer lands; for the leaves of the trees it is a chance to be free, leaving the tree at her most beautiful; for the moon it is to return to be with the sun; and for the sun it is to rise in another sky and just because Little Bear can't see him doesn't mean he isn't there.

This charmingly illustrated picture book will help young children in times of bereavement, loss, or change, gently exploring the reasons for saying goodbye and giving reassurance that goodbye doesn't mean the end of things.

Author Rachel Rivett studied Dramatic Arts at Bretton Hall Arts College in Yorkshire and has since worked in many schools, youth and arts centers helping young people to explore the challenges of their lives creatively and imaginatively.

Illustrator Tina Macnaughton has previously worked with Little Tiger Press. Her books have sold approaching half a million copies.

RRP $12.99
Publisher: Lion Hudson PLC, 2010

Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story: What it is and Why it Matters by Philippa Werry

Author: Werry, Philippa

At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year New Zealanders remember the end of the First World War. Armistice Day, Philippa Werry's new book for children, commemorates the day when fighting stopped in Europe. Partnered with best-selling Anzac Day, it makes an excellent reference for the whole family.
Kiwi soldiers returned home to a terrible influenza epidemic, as the population grieved for the loss of life. Memorials were erected and families sought to return to the battlefields overseas to visit graves of their loved ones. Well researched and drawing on illustration, photographs and text from various sources, this is a gripping, moving description of the aftermath of war in Europe, giving children a clear understanding of the establishment of the United Nations and New Zealand's role in international peacekeeping.

ForAges 9-14 years
$24.99 Paperback
Publisher: New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd

Art Deco New Zealand: An illustrated guide by Terry Moyle

Author: Moyle, Terry

This eye-catching new book offers a national perspective on New Zealand's mid-twentieth century Art Deco heritage and explores its impact on the appearance of many of the country's towns and cities. Buildings of famous locations like Napier and Hastings are of course considered, but the accessible guide also brings to our attention the extent of Art Deco built heritage in small-town New Zealand, from as far north as Kaitaia to Invercargill in Southland.

Author Terry Moyle undertook extensive research in consultation with historians, councils and museums to identify the best places in New Zealand to find intact examples of Art Deco built heritage. The book's generous use of detailed illustration also brings back to life buildings that have since been lost or extensively changed. Created by Terry and his partner at Contour Creative Studio, Rosie Louise, these evocative illustrations sit alongside historic and contemporary photographs and make for an aesthetically impressive collection and an absorbing browsing experience.

Art Deco New Zealand includes over fifty illustrations of New Zealand's Art Deco pot offices, picture theatres, hotels, petrol stations and other commercial buildings as well as illustrated maps. The book provides a fascinating and useful overview of a significant part of New Zealand's culture that can be discovered while traveling in the North and South islands.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $40.00 hardback
Publisher: New Holland

Art Galleries To Visit In New Zealand by Denis Robinson and Gaye Ingold

Author: Robinson, Denis
Ingold, Gaye

New Zealand has a wealth of creative talent on display at numerous art galleries throughout New Zealand. Some galleries specialise in the work of only one or two artists, while others prefer to represent the work of several artists or specialise in various media including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass.

Art Galleries To Visit in New Zealand features 136 Art Galleries throughout New Zealand from Northland to Southland. It features all the things you would expect from a guide of this type including a brief description of the collection, location of the gallery and the times it is open. Of particular use to schools, it also gives phone numbers, the name of the curator and whether they offer guided tours.

This book goes beyond just being a basic guide though. Boxed text alongside some of the entries provides additional information about artists. It also includes information about other attractions worth a visit near the gallery, and even where you can get food nearby. This is not a definitive guide but represents a range of galleries to visit from those tucked away in unusual locations to those whose collections are of national importance. It is a handy guide whether planning a school trip or conducting research on a particular artist or style.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: New Holland

Art Smart: 48 Creative Projects to Draw, Paint, Print and Make by Traci Bunkers, Melanie Grimshaw, Wendy Walker and Kath Durkin

Author: Bunkers, Traci Grimshaw, Melanie Walker, Wendy Durkin, Kath

The aim of this creative book is to unlock the inner artist in young readers. Through the 48 imaginative projects, children will learn to print, draw, paint and create textiles. It presents a fresh and imaginative approach with simple step-by-step instructions to help children to create wonderful works of art, while giving them enough scope to let their imaginations flow.

The projects use readily available materials and have been carefully chosen to appeal to boys and girls. Each project is also graded with a difficulty rating to allow children find their own level of competency. A special 'techniques and materials' section encourages young artists to try out their own creative ideas while learning valuable practical skills.

Art Smart has a bright, bold design and this combined with the range of difficulties of the projects means that it appeals to all ages six and over. The highly imaginative projects have been developed and written by experienced arts and art teachers, so give children skills they can use in any art project. They will also find the beautiful colour photography of each finished project inspiring, while also showing what can be created.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: QED and distributed by New Holland

Artemis Fowl And The Atlantis Complex by Eion Colfer

Author: Colfer, Eoin

This is the latest novel in the series written by Eion Colfer about the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Foul II. If you have not read the previous stories and are not familiar with him, Artemis Fowl is a ruthless and intelligent young human criminal whose motivation is money. To gain wealth he comes up with a variety of illegal schemes. Not all the characters in the books are human though.

Artemis’s first attempt to gain a fortune meant that he kidnapped a leprechaun to ransom for gold, and in doing so found a secret. Leprechauns are not like they are in the storybooks. They are high tech creatures with attitude and members of an elite fairy police force, the Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit or LEPrecon. And since he kidnapped their first female police captain, they have been out to ruin his schemes. That was until he proved innocent of something and they were able to help each other. Both parties struck an uneasy truce, underpinned by growing respect for each other and underpinned by a shared sense of humour.

When Arthemis summons the elite group of fairies to Iceland to present his invention to save the world from global warming, they notice something is different, he has changed, he has become nice.

The Fairies diagnose Atlantis Complex, what we know as multiple personality disorder. Dabbling in magic has damaged his mind. Now the subterranean city of Atlantis is also under attack from vicious robots and nice Artemis cannot fight them. Can Fairy ally and LEPrecon captain Holly Short get the real Artemis back before the city is destroyed along with every fairy in it?

You don’t need to read the other books in the Artemis Series to enjoy this one, although they are all exciting and humorous adventures, well worth reading, especially if you like something different. As with all the other novels in the series there are plenty if twists to surprise readers and the action will ensure this instalment is hard to put down.

RRP $28.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Artists @ Work by Richard Wolfe with photographs by Stephen Robinson

Author: Wolfe, Richard

Artists @ Work provides a rare and fascinating picture of contemporary New Zealand artists in their studios. It provides insights into the practical aspects of their creative processes.

The twenty-four painters and sculptures were chosen by well known writer and art commentator Richard Wolfe along with photographer Stephen Robinson. The line up provides great diversity in styles, mediums and even working environments. The line up includes established names like Dick Frizzell, Stanley Palmer, Jacqueline Fahey and Paul Dibble along with upcoming artists like Tracey Tawhiao Heather Straka and Andrew McLeod.

For any student who wants to become an artist, this is a valuable book, showing what is needed by way of a working space, what can be a good medium for them to work in and also to gain inspiration. For others it provides interesting insight into the processes often not thought about that go into creating works of art. It gives new appreciation to these wonderfully talented artists.

RRP $72.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Asterix and the Chariot Race by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad

Author: Ferri, Jean-Yves
Conrad, Didier

The roads across Italy are in disrepair. Defending his name, and to prove Rome's greatness, Senator Lactus Bifidus announces a special one-off chariot race.

Julius Caesar insists a Roman must win, or Bifidus will pay. Open to anyone from the known world, competitors arrive from far and wide, including Asterix and Obelix. With Bifidus secretly scheming, who will win this almighty chariot race?

Reading Age: 12 years to adult.
RRP: NZ$29.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Asterix and the Missing Scroll

Author: Ferri, Jean-Yves

The long-awaited 36th book in the Asterix series.
Drawn as always in hilarious cartoon format with all your best loved characters, the central theme of the story is about the combat for control of information.

Full Plot

The title alludes to Julius Caesar's classic book, Commentarii de Bello Gallico (Commentaries on the Gallic War).

This is a telling of a slightly different version by adding an imaginary chapter with the number 24 (XXIV) named "Defeats at the Hands of the Indomitable Gauls of Armorica", which refers to the famous little village from the Asterix comics. Roman censorship by a man named "Libellus Blockbustus" deletes this chapter, since it would spoil Julius Caesar's fame and curriculum vitae.

Bigdhata steals a copy of this chapter in the form of a scroll and gives it to Confoundtheirpolitix, who, in turn, passes it on to the little village of the indomitable Gauls.

Chief Vitalstatistix thinks the lie that all of Gaul has been conquered by the Romans is not so much of an embarrassment, but his wife Impedimenta urges him to campaign for the truth. Since the Gauls have, unlike the Greeks and Romans, no skills in reading and writing.

Druid Getafix accompanied by Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix travels to meet his former teacher from the druid's college, Archaeopterix, in the forest of the Carnutes, who shall then pass on the truth by word of mouth to future generations.

After many adventures the true story reaches Rene Goscinny and Alberto Uderzo in a French Café, who publish it and thus the mystery behind all the Asterix stories is finally unveiled.

Written by Jean-Yves Ferri and illustrated by Didier Conrad.

Suitable for Adults & Children 9yrs+
RRP: $29.99
Presented by R. Goscinny A. Uderzo
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

At the Beach: A Cookbook Memoir by Margaret Brooker

Author: Brooker, Margaret

A place at the beach is part of the collective New Zealand dream, and food writer Margaret Brooker's own long held dream came true with the purchase of a holiday house along the remote Wairarapa coastline.

In her evocative cookbook memoir At the Beach she shares the pleasures of taking time out with her family at Flat Point, with fishing tales and other anecdotes of quiet coastal life, where books, board games, beach walks, swimming and boating fill the days.

For Margaret time out is an opportunity to potter about in the kitchen, cooking at a relaxed pace. She intersperses her story with over 75 versatile and practical recipes for both summer and winter, ranging from fast and flavoursome to slow-cooked and aromatic, from nibbles to desserts. Her beach-food philosophy is all about improvising ingredients with whatever is to hand, simplifying recipes to work with less. She makes the most of crayfish and other locally caught seafood, and bakes her own bread.

The book's photographs, taken by Margaret and her daughter Charlotte, evoke the changing beauty of the coastal landscape and vignettes of beach house life. At the Beach captures the essence of leisurely living, with good food at its heart.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $34.99 paperback
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

At The Lake by Jill Harris

Author: Harris, Jill

Two brothers, Simon and Jem are excited to start their summer holiday with their granddad at the lake. They have been going there every year, but this is the first year they are their without their Dad. He left them to start a new life in Australia the previous January. The lake is a familiar place to them, they know all of the bays, the best swimming holes the bush and the neighbouring farms.

This year is different though as there have been changes and some parts are no longer known to them like a former farm that is now a house removal business guarded by an imposing fence, a menacing guard and a terrifying guard dog. What are the fences really hiding and why do the farm caretaker and his wife seem so scared?

Simon also has some scores to settle with Jem, even though their mother has warned that she is running out of patience with their fighting. Why is Simon so mean to Jem? Will it not be a good holiday after all?

One thing that is guaranteed to happen on the holiday is adventure and the stage is set right from the first chapter when the changes to the farm are mentioned. Firther intrigue is added when Simon spots two strange children on the shores of a bay he regarded as his bay. This is soon followed by a meeting with the guard at the farm, and from that moment, readers are definitely hooked. Boys over nine will particularly enjoy this book, especially those who like realistic and intriguing adventure.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Atlas of History's Greatest Disasters and Mistakes by Tim Cooke

Author: Cooke, Tim

Something to be aware of straight away is that this book only includes 50 of the most significant moments in the world's history, so if you are looking for a particular human disaster or catastrophe it might not be included in this book. However the 50 events in this book are fascinating and range from military blunders to financial blunders, disasters caused by oversight and natural disasters.

Also be warned that this is an American book so some of the disasters included may be less known here and may be similar to some people here might consider more important than those represented. Some of the military disasters are also dependant on the perspective of the author and can be also classed as a great victory, like Napoleon's defeat in Russia or the English victory over the Spanish Armada.

The events in this book are presented in chronological order, with good notes on the background leading up to the event plus maps, illustrations and photographs to add not only to the readability but knowledge it gives the reader. The maps also help to put the events into context and show what caused the disasters. Each chapter is written as an essay to explain what went wrong and the effect they had on people concerned. This makes an interesting read for those interested in history or wanting to build on their general knowledge.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: New Holland under the Sterling title

Aung San Suu Kyi Struggle For Freedom by Jesper Bengtsson

Author: Bengtsson, Jesper

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma's democracy movement has become a symbol of freedom. She is associated with a peaceful struggle for democracy and human rights in a country who's ruling regime do not like opposition. This biography tells readers who she really is and what drove her to make such enormous sacrifices for her country.

Author Jesper Bengtsson tells Aung San Suu Kyi's story and her background as daughter of Burma's liberation hero, Aung San. It tells not only of the struggles she faces but those of her father.

It provides an interesting read and gives readers good insight into what is occurring in Burma. Her story also personifies one of the major questions of the current era, how can democracy emerge from a profoundly authoritarian system? It shows San Suu Kyi's charisma and courage. It shows readers that democracy is worth fighting for and shouldn't be something taken for granted.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Autumn With Horses and Horse Magic by Trudy Nicholson

Author: Nicholson, Trudy

Horse Magic and Autumn With Horses are the latest two instalments in the White Horse Station saga. Each follows the adventures of Suzy, Alexa and Lucy as they train and compete in the world of equestrian. The girls live and breathe horses which leads to all sorts of adventures and challenges, both in and out of shows.

Horse Magic sees Suzy and Alexa return to Jasmine Farm, while Lucy and hope are forced to stay behind on White Cloud Station while they recover from a near fatal accident that ended their summer holiday. But Grandad has come up with a plan that will enable Lucy to ride her again. The end of summer then brings new adventures for all three girls and their horses. Suzy even gets a fantastic opportunity to do something she never dreamed possible.

In Autumn With Horses, the girls have decided to compete at the National Grand Champion Show where an unexpected winner takes out the Supreme Champion Show Horse award. When they return to White Cloud Station, a mystery ride ends with a wrong turn, and an overnight stay at a haunted house. It is there that Suzy discovers a clue to the secret herd of horses hidden in the hills behind the station.

Each story is filled with adventure and intrigue while showing what it takes to be a successful champion in the horse arena. Like the other books in the series they are written in two parts and offer readers suspense filled drama.

RRP $18.99 each
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Avenue of Mysteries

Author: Irving, John

In his latest novel, John Irving explores - in his inimitable way - the ways in which our pasts reverberate in our presents and, indeed, our futures.

As we grow older - most of all, in what we remember and what we dream - we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present.

As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but his dreams and memories will travel with him; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. 'An aura of fate had marked him,' John Irving writes. 'The chain of events, the links in our lives - what leads us where we're going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don't see coming, and what we do - all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious.'

Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past - in Mexico - collides with his future.

Subject: Contemporary Fiction
Author: John Irving
RRP: $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Awesome Forces: The Natural Hazards That Threaten New Zealand edited by Geoff Hicks and Hamish Campbell

Author: Hicks, Geoff
Campbell, Hamish

This informative and colourful book has been published in association with EQC and GNS. It is a revised edition of Te Papa's most popular book and is an indispensable resource for any library in New Zealand. It contains useful information on the natural hazards that threaten this country and what we can do to survive them.

From high profile disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes to those that occur more often but feature less in our preparedness drills like landslides and extreme weather, New Zealand is threatened by many natural disasters and over the years, these disasters have shaped not only our history but the landscape of the country. In Awesome Forces, readers will be enthralled by the power of nature and its devastating affects, while getting a vivid reminder of how quickly disasters can strike.

If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that there are no chapter listings, and even though colour coding at the bottom of each page identifies where each section starts or ends, If you are looking for a specific subject (or disaster type) you will have to flick through the whole book to find it. That said though, by flicking through it you will still see the stunning photographs and informative diagrams used to demonstrate the awesome power of nature.

It is an excellent book for showing us what natural disasters we face in New Zealand, what lessons we can learn from the past and how we can't take anything for granted, as disaster can strike at any time. New Zealand is susceptible to a range of natural disasters and most people will experience at least one in a lifetime of living in New Zealand.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: Te Papa Press

Ayesha's Gift by Martin Sixsmith

Author: Sixsmith, Martin

A daughter’s search for the truth about her father

From the author of the bestselling Philomena, made into the award-winning film starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, comes the story of a young woman, born in Pakistan, living in Britain, whose life is thrown into desperate turmoil by the violent death of her father. The Pakistani authorities talk of suicide, but why would Ayesha’s happy, gentle father kill himself?

Ayesha’s quest to find the truth takes her right away from her safe London existence. She meets with threats, intimidation and smiling perjurers who resent her intrusion into their world. She is warned that her life is in danger; powerful, ruthless men have reasons to want her silenced. But there are things she needs to know, that compel her to press on with her search for the truth.

Was her father an innocent victim? Can she continue to revere the image of him she grew up with, that of a good, loving parent? Or will she be forced to accept that her father was not the person she thought he was? Ayesha decides that the only way forward is to fly to Pakistan and confront his killers.
When she goes, Martin Sixsmith goes with her.
The denouement of their journey together is extraordinarily moving, with unforeseen repercussions for them both.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: 37.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Back To The Land: A Year Of Country Gardening by Lynda Hallinan

Author: Hallinan, Lynda

Lynda Hallinan grew up on a dairy farm in the Waikato. When she left the country to study journalism in Auckland she had no intention to return to country life. However fate had other ideas and now she lives with her husband, and son on a 20-hectare property known as Foggydale Farm.

She has now traded her high heals for gumboots, looks through online seed catalogues and mail order nurseries instead of high street shops and has created not only a country sized vegetable garden but also a heritage fruit orchard. In Back To The Land, Lynda takes you through a year of living on the farm and along the way gives readers helpful practical gardening advice and making the most of the harvest, whether it is fruit, vegetables or even flowers.

The story of life on the farm is told with wit and humour, while there are also hints, tips and ideas on everything from bottling and baking to brewing your own beer or making your own wine. What is revealed to readers is Lynda's unstoppable energy and down-to-earth enthusiasm for living off the land.

This book has appeal not only for those who look for new tips on gardening but also for those interested in how a journalist turns her hand to farming or what life on a farm might be like. Back to the Land is written like a diary with almost daily entries giving readers an interesting insight into life on the farm and also real practicality of gardening, when things do not always go to plan.

RRP $45.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Backlash by Lynda La Plante

Author: La Plante, Lynda

Backlash is the latest detective novel by La Plante featuring Anna Travis and James Langton. This one starts with what seems to be an open and shut case. It is late at night on a Hackney estate when a van is being driven erratically. When the police pull the driver over, they find the body of a woman. What is more is that the driver claims that this is not his first but his third murder.

A murder suspect, the evidence and a confession all from a traffic stop. Could this be the closing to two previously unsolved crimes or is it too good to be true?

Five years earlier, a 13-year-old girl disappeared in broad daylight on a busy London street. DCS James Langton headed the investigation; the case was never closed. It has haunted him ever since. And now one of the confessions is to this murder. Due to Langton's ill health, DCI Anna Travis investigates his old case and isn't so sure that they have their man. Then the suspect changes his story.

Is the suspect really a serial killer or a compulsive liar, and do they still have a serial killer on the loose.

Once again La Plante has written a crime thriller that will have readers guessing until the end and that her fans will love, although this one is a bit slow to start and there isn't as much banter between Langton and Travis until he is once again well enough to participate in the case.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Bad Cat Good Cat by Lynne Reid Banks with illustrations by Tony Ross

Author: Reid Banks, Lynne

This novel for children is a tale of two very different cats. Turk is a bad cat. He believes that people are there for cats, not the other way around. His person, David loves cats, and loves Turk. He can't see the bad in the cat or the way the cat controls him.

Next door lives Paloma, she is David's friend because both of them love cats, but the cat she gets couldn't be more different from Turk. Peony is well behaved and a model of good catliness until Turk raids her food bowl.

The two cats cause friction between the two friends, which have to be sorted out because they are going on holiday together, without their cats. The cats also will have to sort out their differences and work together.

This book is one that lends itself to being discussed in class as feelings felt by David and Paloma tend to be implicit, also David likes using words starting with cat (catalogue, catacomb etc) but doesn't always have the right definition for the words he uses. The feelings of the cats are more clearly stated and it is a book more about the cats themselves than the owners. It is a pity because issues of jealousy, friendship and protectiveness can be found within the relationship between David and Paloma.

RRP $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Bang by Leo Timmers

Author: Timmers, Leo

This picture book for pre-schoolers presents something unusual, a big, happy accident. With minimal words, it is still guaranteed to make preschoolers giggle thanks to its delightful illustrations, car prangs and animal mix-ups. There are also a couple of surprises.

On a more serious note, this book shows young readers what can happen when you are distracted rather than keeping your mind on the task at hand. Unfortunately not all car accidents happen in such a humorous and cheerful way.

Readers will also enjoy the bizarre twists and fold out page as the story reaches its climax. It is another quirky picture book by Belgian illustrator Leo Timmers.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

How to Stop being Bullied - A Kids' Guide
How to Bully-proof your Child - A Parents' Guide

Author: Neville, Ann

Batjack is the story of thirteen year old Tom who suffers from the attention of school bully Dylan. When Tom and his friends decide enough is enough, they devise a plan to stop being victims and reclaim their lives. Batjack is well-written and amusing with fun characters and an engaging plot. The important message and the implementation of the anti-bullying tools the children use are in no way heavy handed and add to, rather than detract from, the story. This is not just a book for children who are being bullied, but for all children who enjoy a good story. Batjack, aimed mainly at 9 to 13 year olds, was short-listed for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2011. There is a comprehensive Teachers' Resource Kit to go with Batjack for Level 3 and 4 of the curriculum.

The non-fiction volumes look at what bullying is, how and why it happens, what victims can do to help themselves. They also look at reasons why children bully. There is a lot of common sense and good advice, some of which is from young people so should speak directly to victims and potential victims. These books are straightforward, easy to use and understand, and very readable.

Ann Neville has lived in Hamilton most of her life and taught in various towns in New Zealand and the UK. She has a Master’s in Education, Diploma in Educational Management, Diploma in Educational Leadership and Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. Other non-fiction writing includes Violence... not in our school. To assist in this research Ann was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to look at initiatives in USA schools.

Batjack - fiction novel for children's/young adult - $15.99 +P&P
How to Stop being Bullied - a Kids' Guide - $12.95 +P&P
How to Bully-proof your Child - a Parents' Guide - $12.95 + P&P
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Battlefields Of The New Zealand Wars: A Visitor’s Guide by David Green

Author: Green, David

Battlefields Of The New Zealand Wars is not just a travel guide. It gives readers information on the historical and culturally significant sites relevant to the New Zealand Wars. Each chapter covers stories and accounts of the New Zealand Wars of 1843-1872.

It is not a detailed history but gives a broad overview that is handy and interesting when on a trip to and past some of these sites. It tells all the important information of what happened, when and where. The book also provides information about battlegrounds of importance while offering practical advice on how to get there, what to look out for and how to behave in a culturally sensitive way.

Relevant cemeteries, churches and non-New Zealand Wars sites are also mentioned broadening the focus to give a fuller picture of cultural context. Historians still debate many of the points in this piece of New Zealand history, but author David Green has tried to give readers a balanced account.

David Green is an historian and editor in the History Group of the Ministry for culture and Heritage in Wellington. He is especially interested in New Zealand’s war history, sports history and history of the public sector. This book will also be enjoyed by others interested in New Zealand’s history as well as those touring around the North Island and wanting to know a bit about the cultural conflicts of the past.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Beach Bag Boogie by Lindsay Wood with illustrations by Rebekah Holguin

Author: Wood, Lindsay

Jasper is camping with his family at the beach and loves to dance. He dances his way to the water and even dances in the surf. He has a different dance for every different situation at the beach and has a lot of fun too.

This wonderfully illustrated picture book captures the fun and enjoyment of a boy on holiday in both illustration and text. He is happy and has the urge to dance all holiday long.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Beast Quest Ravira: Ruler of the Underworld by Adam Blade

Author: Blade, Adam

Beast Quest is a fantasy novel series written by various work for hire writers under the nom de plume of Adam Blade. The mythical kingdom of Avantia is in peril, with the evil Marvel, The Dark Wizard trying to control the kingdom. Ancient scripts predict an unlikely hero, a boy who will take up the quest to save the kingdom. The main protagonist of the series is Tom, the only son of Taladon the Swift, a knight of Avantia. Taladon the Swift disappeared when Tom was a baby, so he was brought up by his aunt and uncle in the village of Errinel. Tom inherited his great courage from his father.

Tom has embarked on a quest to free the kingdom from the evil curses placed upon the beasts that protect it. He also hopes to one day find what happened to his father. On his quest he has a magic map, a jet black stallion called Storm and help from his best friend Elenna. Elenna is also strong and courageous, and she is very skilled as an archer.

Each book in the series comes with collectors cards. In a great value offer, Ravira is also being sold with the first book in the series (Ferno) and also a poster.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette Publishers under the Orchard Books title

Beast Quest: Ferrok The Iron Soldier

Author: Blade, Adam

As I have stated before, Beast Quest is a fantasy novel series written by various work for hire writers under the nom de plume of Adam Blade. The mythical kingdom of Avantia is in peril, with the evil Marvel, The Dark Wizard trying to control the kingdom. Ancient scripts predict an unlikely hero, a boy who will take up the quest to save the kingdom. The main protagonist of the series is Tom, the only son of Taladon the Swift, a knight of Avantia. Taladon the Swift disappeared when Tom was a baby, so he was brought up by his aunt and uncle in the village of Errinel. Tom inherited his great courage from his father.

Tom has embarked on a quest to free the kingdom from the evil curses placed upon the beasts that protect it. He also hopes to one-day find what happened to his father. On his quest he has a magic map, a jet-black stallion called Storm and help from his best friend Elenna. Elenna is also strong and courageous, and she is very skilled as an archer.

In this bumper edition, Tom must face an old enemy and a brand new beast, Ferrok the Iron soldier, who has risen from the ground and is marching to conquer Avantia with his army of slave warriors. Can Tom beat the odds and win the battle?

Any fan of the series will thoroughly enjoy this edition.

RRP $16.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ under the Orchard title

Beast Quest: The Dagger Of Doom by Adam Blade

Author: Blade, Adam

In this instalment of the adventure novel series where you take your own path, evil wizard Malvel has stolen a magical dagger and seeks to use it to control the peaceful land of Gorgonia. In order to defeat him, readers will need to defeat two terrifying Beasts that guard the dagger, Marlik the Drowning Terror and Klaxa the Armoured Enemy.

Readers do have help though from Tom and Elenna. However the choices will be theirs alone. They must remember though that choosing the wrong quest will cause them to fail and they might not survive.

There are ten different endings and more cards to collect in this adventure that turns the reader into the hero. Like the others in the series, it quickly captivates readers and encourages them to think for themselves.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Beast Quest: The Pirate's Curse

Author: Blade, Adam

This is yet another book where it really depends on the reader how much they enjoy it or even what the story will be. Basically as with the rest of the Beast Quest books, the reader is the hero, deciding on the turns to take and the paths to go down on this adventure.

In The Pirate's Curse, Sanpao, the Pirate King has returned to terrorise Avantia, bringing with him two fearsome beasts, Polkai the Shark Man and Dredda the Tunnelling Menace.

This is a book that requires some thought, although not all the correct or wrong choices are not obvious and you can find your quest ending all too abruptly, without warning.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ under the Orchard title

Bedtime Countdown by Raymond McGrath

Author: McGrath, Raymond

This is an entertaining and enchanting story, helping young children learn to count and observe as they count down with kiwi to bedtime. Bedtime Countdown’s pages are filled with bright detailed illustrations of New Zealand creatures, and on every page (except the last of the countdown), there is a character that doesn’t quite fit in.

The delightful rhymes and story will no doubt help to put children into their own world of make believe and dreams, as they count down with the kiwi to bedtime.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Picture Puffin title

Beer Nation: The art and heart of Kiwi beer by Michael Donaldson

Author: Donaldson, Michael

In New Zealand, beer is still our national drink and makes up around 60% of the entire alcohol market by volume. We are however drinking less of it than we once did and the type of beer we are drinking has changed markedly over time.

Once beer was consumed as a staple, then because it tasted good and helped people relax. Since the Government allowed beer to be advertised on television, it seems to matter more how a beer is marketed than how it tastes, but again that seems to be changing as Kiwis become more selective about the beer they drink and have a greater selection available.

In the early 20th century there were over 100 small breweries operating in New Zealand, then various influences including temperance, the six o’clock swill, two world wars, the depression, lower alcohol requirements and tougher drink driving laws saw numbers of breweries dwindle until two virtually monopolised the market. Now though there is a return of the boutique breweries. Beer nation covers the history of the beer industry in New Zealand. It looks at the people, companies, laws and other influences that have impacted on the brewing industry in New Zealand.

Beer Nation is a great documentation of New Zealand’s brewing history from the small boutique breweries to Lion Nathan and Dominion Breweries. It gives readers an insight into the demise of some brands, the emergence of others and the changes in the social makeup of New Zealand over time. Donaldson’s narrative is both engaging and informative making it an interesting and enjoyable read.

RRP $44.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Beethoven's Only Beloved: Josephine by John Klapproth

Author: Klapproth, John

Ludwig van Beethoven might be most famous for his musical compositions but in this book, German born New Zealander, John Klapproth focuses on Beethoven's love life, namely the life of Josephine Countess von Brunsvik, who Klapproth asserts was Beethoven's 'Only Beloved' and intended unnamed recipient of a love letter written 200 years ago.

As Beethoven's pupil, Josephine became an accomplished pianist, and her outstanding beauty was admired by Viennese high society. She was forced by her family to marry a nobleman, who died suddenly and left her with four young children. She was faced with the decision to follow her heart or to fulfil her duties. Klapproth narrates Josephine's conflict between her love for Beethoven and the strict obligations of the rigid class structure of her time.

There has been much scholarly debate over the years about her role in Beethoven's life and the intended recipient of the letter. Klapproth is in a good position to prove his argument having good understanding of both languages pertinent to any investigative study into the subject and obviously being a fan of the composer. The result is a meticulously investigated treatise based on the latest pertinent scholarly research, in which he dispels and discredits some of the findings by other researchers on the subject.

The book is packed with footnotes, quotes, charts, and paragraph after paragraph of literary detective work. It will be an interesting if not at times difficult read for those fans of Beethoven who want to know more about his life. Also of note is the wealth of information given by the author on the cultural scene of Eastern Europe during Beethoven's time. However the book is primarily concerned with the argument that Josephine von Brunsvik was Beethoven's lover in a doomed love affair, limiting the appeal of this book not to those who loved Beethoven's work but to those fans who want to know more about his private life.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Createspace

Behind The Sun by Deborah Challinor

Author: Challinor, Deborah

Irreverent and streetwise prostitute, Friday Woolfe, is in London's notorious Newgate gaol, awaiting transportation. There, she meets three other girls: intelligent and opportunistic thief, Sarah Morgan, naive young Rachel Winter, and reliable and capable seamstress, Harriet Clarke.

On the voyage to New South Wales their friendship becomes an unbreakable bond - but there are others on board who will change their lives forever. Friday makes an implacable enemy of Bella Jackson, a vicious woman whose power seems undiminished by her arrest and transportation, while Harriet is taken under the wing of an idealistic doctor, James Downey. Rachel catches the eye of a sinister passenger with more than honour on his mind, whose brutal assault leaves her life hanging in the balance.

When they finally arrive on the other side of the world, they are confined to the grim and overcrowded Parramatta Female Factory. But worse is to come as the threat of separation looms. In the land behind the sun, the only thing they have is each other.

Behind The Sun is the powerful tale of enduring friendship and making a new life in a strange country. The historical context of early colonial Australia adds to the story, but it is Challinor's signature depth of character which really makes this book stand out and be such an enjoyable read. The story also seamlessly intertwines fact and fiction to make an intelligent historical drama.

RRP $36.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Being Christian: A journey from the boat to the shore, culminating at the cross by Chris Kugler

Author: Kugler, Chris

You might say that contemplating the depths of Christianity isn't a typical activity for most twenty something college students, but Chris Kugler is not a typical college student. He is a theology major at a private Tennessee university, who spends most of his time studying the roots of Christian faith.

Kugler takes readers on a provocative journey that questions what it means to be Christian and explores ways for people to make their relationships with God more meaningful. He has designed this book for those who want a deeper relationship with God but who would normally be lost in theological terminology.

Unlike many other books that discus what Christians believe, Being Christian asks why we believe and how the beliefs came about. Depending on how you read it and how much you are prepared to take on board it can be inspiring and self-contemplative. It is a good read for those who want their Christianity to play a more active role in their life.

RRP US$11.95 (paperback)
Publisher: Westbow Press

Best Looking Nose In The World by Janet Slater Bottin with illustrations by Beth Ellen

Author: Slater Bottin, Janet

Twelve year old Monique (who everyone calls Mop) lives in the rural settlement of Beachcomber Cove with her mother and younger sister Rosy. Her best friend Tamati lives next door, with his mother (an artist) and a big St Bernard called Jonesy. It is a seemingly idyllic settlement, with a beach so handy and plenty of kaimoana to be caught including Koura and Paua. Not all in the settlement are permanent residents though, and even Rosy’s best friend is from a family of casuals or townies that just stay at Beachcomber Cove for holidays. There are therefore some houses in the settlement that are not always occupied, but one has been unoccupied for longer and is more run down than most.

Twelve year old Mop isn’t looking forward to the holidays when she learns their rural North Island home is to be invaded by a city cousin she has never met. Worse still Courtney is an only child, so Mop is convinced she will be stuck up and spoiled even before she arrives and takes an instant dislike to her. Once she gets to know Courtney though (and steals a look in her diary), she realises she has been wrong in her judgement.

The two girls find out that they have many things in common including an active imagination, a sense of humour and a love for running along the beach. But whereas Mop is a poet, Courtney is a budding artist, not of cartoons like Tamati but of paintings. She borrows some equipment from Tamati’s mum, Kiri, and photographs then paints some of the scenes in the cove. She is particularly taken with the loneliness of the old, abandoned beach bach, and despite the uneasy feelings both girls get around the place (and the stories Rosy and her friend tell about it) they sneak into its overgrown yard to capture photographs to paint from.

While at the bach, they notice something strange in one of the windows, then other strange things happen too like the single wheel track on the beach and the unseen vehicles moving about at night. Could all of these things have a perfectly logical and normal explanation as Tamati thinks, could the girls’ imaginations be running, or is the old bach not as deserted as everyone thinks? Their holiday suddenly becomes devoted to solving a mystery with some help from the best looking nose in the world.

This novel for nine to twelve year olds is more than just a mystery adventure, it is about relationships and friendship. Janet shows through this novel, that it is never a good idea to prejudge someone based on their background, family or other preconceptions. It is also about embracing other people’s talents and learning to look at things in different ways. It is also a book where readers will learn about fishing limits, some Maori words, and about some New Zealand history. It has engaging characters that I suspect readers would love to see in further books, and a storyline that is thought provoking and that readers can relate to.

At the end of the book, Janet has included questions on the storyline that can be answered either as a class or individually on reflection. Some of these questions will develop the readers own imaginations as the answers are not in this book, but could be easily made into a sequel. Another inclusion is the facts and fun section in which readers will not only learn a bit more on a certain character in New Zealand history, but will also learn some Maori in a practical and memorable way. In my opinion ‘Best Looking Nose In The World’ lends itself well to be read and studied in the classroom.
Publisher: RRP $16.00 + Postage and Packaging (Discounts for bulk orders)
Available directly from Janet Slater Bottin Phone 06 364 6569 or Email:

Best Mates - Three lads who went to war together by Philippa Werry illustrations by Bob Kerr

Author: Werry, Philippa

The three young soldiers in this moving tale about war and mateship are best friends from school, and they leave New Zealand together to go and fight at Gallipoli.
Landing first in Egypt, they travel by ship to Anzac Cove and dig into trenches to fight the Turkish troops holding the peninsula. Conditions are tough and Joe gets sick, but his mates help him off on the hospital ship. Then Harry is fatally wounded and his burial has to take place on the cliff-top, away from the snipers. The three friends are reunited many years later, when two men fly to Gallipoli and lay poppies on Harry's grave.
Taking her inspiration from her bestselling children's non-fiction title Anzac Day, the New Zealand story Philippa Werry captures the essence of the Anzac spirit with her moving tale about mateship. An illustrated factual text spread at the back of the book provides extra information about the events pictured in the story.
Age range: 5-12 years

Publisher: New Holland

Best Of Both Worlds The story of Elsdon Best and Tutakangahau by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman

Author: Holman, Jeffrey Paparoa

In 1895, a meeting took place in the rugged Urewera ranges, Tuhoe country. This meeting had lasting effects on our views of traditional Maori society.

Elsdon Best, a self taught anthropologist and quartermaster on the road past Lake Waikaremoana, met leading Tuhoe chief, Tutakangahau of Maungapohatu., when the chief took him and others to the lake The stories he gave to Best to be recorded for future generations are with us today. A friendship developed in which a large amount of information regarding Tuhoe and Maori lore and customs was passed on to Best. The significance of his work has long been recognised and questioned.

Best went on to become a noted New Zealand European authority on a people he would style as the last of the old-time Maori while Tutakangahau is virtually forgotten.

In his unique examination of this historically significant relationship, Holman poses many searching questions, further informing a vital debate on the shared identity and destiny of Maori and New Zealand Europeans. This book looks at both characters and the context in which they met. Unlike what Best portrayed, Tuhoe was already affected by print literacy and subsequently the Maori culture was already beginning to change. The book talks about these changes and gives us a good picture of what was happening in the time of Best’s work. It also helps the reader re-examine any pre-conceptions they may have about pre-European and early European Maori culture.

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman was born in London in 1947 and immigrated to New Zealand in 1950, living for most of his early years on the South Island’s West Coast. He has worked in saw mills, shearing gangs, as a social worker and bookseller before returning to study in 1997 at the University of Canterbury, graduating with a PhD in Maori Studies. He is also an award winning poet and is currently working on a new book of poetry.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Bestseller Dork Diaries Book 9 - Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen

Author: Russell, Renée

By Rachel Renée Russell

For Ages: 9 - 13

Nikki Maxwell’s worst nightmare comes true in book nine of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

A certain member of the CCP girls Dork fans know all about has gotten her hands on Nikki’s diary and has decided to share some thoughts of her own…Find out what happens when Nikki’s worst nightmare becomes a reality. Welcome to Mackenzie’s world which reveals an unexpected twist!!

RRP Paperback $18.99
Ebook: NZ$10.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Betty Gilderdale My Life In Two Halves: A Memoir by Betty Gilderdale

Author: Gilderdale, Betty

Betty Gilderdale is one of New Zealand’s well known literary schollars, writers and critics. Her Little Yellow Digger books made her a household name but she was also the New Zealand Herald’s childrens books reviewer for 25 years and a lecturer in English plus the author of more than 10 books.

This book gives readers an interesting insight into her past from her years in London, Surrey and Malta to moving to New Zealand teaching at a Quaker run school and her more recent history in Auckland. Readers will find that both her and her husband are passionate anti-nuclear protesters. This is an engaging book that will have readers feeling like they are Betty’s close friends by the end.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: David Bateman Ltd

Beyond Human? Science and the Changing Face of Humanity by John Bryant

Author: Bryant, John

Where does humanity end and something else begin?

Recent scientific advances have made it possible to do the unthinkable - clone, design our own babies, 'genetically enhance' soldiers, and wipe out entire populations with a simple airborne chemical. Such technology means that 'nature' no longer follows an inevitable course, and that our decisions have unprecedented power.

This book introduces many of the most significant scientific advances of recent years including:

It asks us to stop and think about what they mean for us. New technology has developed so quickly that we haven't had time to consider all of its ethical implications. But not to do so is to risk our own humanity.

Professor John Bryant is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter. He has written several academic books and articles.

RRP: $21.99
Publisher: Lion Publishing Plc

Bicycling to the Moon by Timo Parvela

Author: Parvela ,Timo

Purdy the cat and Barker the dog live together in a sky-blue house on top of a hill.

Barker likes the garden. He wants only to dig, to scratch up the earth and turn it over. But Purdy has big dreams: he wants to fly south with the birds, win the singing competition, be a Supercat.

One day Purdy decides that if he could just get a bicycle and ride it to the moon, he would be the happiest cat in the world, and never want anything else again. Ever.

Purdy the cat’s antics, dreams, and sly manipulation of his friend are laugh-out-loud funny, while the very warm heart to these stories will have every reader wishing they had a good friend like Barker the dog.

Reading Age: 7 – 10 years old
RRP: $19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Gecko Press

Big Fat Lies: How the diet industry is making you sick fat and poor by David Gillespie

Author: Gillespie, David

David Gillespie is a corporate lawyer, co-founder of a software company and consultant to the IT industry. He is also a father of six with some time on his hands and some extra weight around the middle. He set out to find out why he, like so many in his generation was fat. He deciphered the latest medical findings on diet and weight gain and what he found out was chilling. Being fat is least of our problems. What we eat may be poisoning us.

In Big Fat Lies, David Gillespie explores the myths about diet, excursive and vitamin supplements, examining the latest scientific evidence and exposing the role of multibillion-dollar food, health and diet industries in making us feel guilty about eating some foods.

We are told to eat less, exercise more, eat less saturated fat, eat more polyunsaturated oils, take vitamins and omega-3 fatty acid supplements (and the statistics show that we are doing exactly that) but the rates of obesity, heart disease, type two diabetes, dementia and cancer have never been higher. David says the real culprits are sugar and polyunsaturated oils. He outlines a plan to avoid them without missing out or dieting.

David's own analysis shows that diets don't work. Studies also show that the best indication that we will be fatter in two years is if we are dieting now. Vitamins also have no measurable effect on the body. David's analysis shows that sugar is highly addictive, and the root cause of most chronic diseases. It is also in almost everything we eat.

Polyunsaturated fat (found in margarine and canola oil) is also not good for us. It makes us prone to cancers, and helps sugar finish us off with heart disease.

David says the answer for good health is simple. Do not eat sugar or polyunsaturated oils and the rest will take care of itself. You will be thinner, healthier, happier and live long enough to annoy your children.

This book comes as a well researched, informed guide to loosing weight and remaining healthy. You may never look at food the same again.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Penguin Viking title

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams with illustrations by Tony Ross

Author: Walliams, David

Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy; in fact he has about a billion of them. His dad is rich and buys Joe anything he wants. But Joe isn’t happy. He might be rich in terms of money but poor in terms of friends, in fact where friends are concerned he is bankrupt.

He might be rich, but because he comes from new money, and his father gets it from selling toilet paper, even the other rich kids look down on him and bully him. He decides that rather than going to his posh school (St Cuthbert’s) he wants to attend the local comprehensive as he feels he will have more luck making friends there.

It doesn’t take him long to make a new friend, as on his first day he meets Bob, a boy who is made fun of because of his weight and sees Joe as someone like himself. How long can Joe keep his wealth hidden though, and what will happen to their friendship if Bob finds out? Joe also finds out that bullies can exist even in a poor school. The comp school’s bullies are the Grubb twins and they are always picking on his new friend. Joe comes up with a plan to get the twins off the boy’s back and that will mean he and Bob will be best friends.

This hilarious book shows that some things are more important than money, like friendship. It also shows that money can’t buy happiness and that the more you have, the harder you are to please.

Also Joe's father shows the difference between having money and having class. He does things just because he thinks it is what rich people do, even though he doesn’t like it. He shows off his money but has no class. The result is a very entertaining tale for those aged nine and older, which shows that money isn’t everything and you can have all the wealth in the world and be not just unhappy but lonely as well.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl

Author: Dahl, Roald

A brand new edition, illustrated by Quentin Blake for the first time. Pre-order now to complete your collection in time for Roald Dahl Day, September 2017.

Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?
From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children's imaginations for nearly forty years. Billy and the Minpins, this new interpretation of Roald Dahl's very last story (originally published in 1991), is just as magical.

Reading Age: 8 to 13 years
RRP: NZ30.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Billy`s Booger

Author: Joyce, William

By William Joyce and Moonbot
Illustrated by: William Joyce

For Ages: 4 - 8

A young lad who would rather draw than do math, spell, or gargle finds the perfect outlet for his always-on imagination in this manifesto to creative joie de vivre, featuring a book within a book, from the brilliant minds that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Billy loves to draw. He draws on books and on his homework and even on his math tests - he might not get the answer right, but doesn’t it look swell sitting in a boat at sea? His teacher doesn’t think so, and neither does the principal. But the librarian has an idea that just might help Billy better direct his illustrative energies: a book-making contest!

Billy gets right to work, reading everything he can about meteors, mythology, space travel, and…mucus? Yep, his book is going to be about the world’s smartest booger, who stays tucked away until needed - say, to solve multiplication problems, or answer questions...

Hardcover: $17.99
Ebook: $12.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Bim Bam Boom by Frederic Stehr

Author: Stehr, Frederic

What are you all doing with the pots, pans and spoons? Making music! A joyful celebration of the unwitting naughtiness of toddlers.

Reading Age: 1 to 3 years.
RRP: NZ$19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Birds of New Zealand by Julian Fitter and Don Merton

Author: Fitter, Julian
Merton, Don

For a long time A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand and Outlying Islands had pride of place on my bookcase as the definitive guide to New Zealand birds, and what I had read since could not match it in terms of quality and depth of information. Birds of New Zealand is more than a rival for that book. Some handy features that this book has include brief notes of New Zealand's history, geography, climate, flora, habitats, human history and conservation. There are also handy maps showing the islands mentioned in the book, which readers might not have heard have before or know the location of. The birds are divided into their respective habitats and listed alphabetically.

Full descriptions are given on all native species and regular visitors plus other information is given on each species and sub-species of bird to make it easy to identify them, including colour photographs, distribution maps and measurements. For those wanting to go bird watching or to find some of the wonderful species of birds we have in New Zealand, there are also useful information on national parks to help readers find the best spots and guidelines on sensible behaviour to encounter nature at its very best.

It's size and information make Birds of New Zealand the ideal spotters guide to New Zealand birds, whether looking for information to complete a project, going bird watching yourself or wanting to take one of the tours listed at the back of the book.

RRP $44.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Birds of New Zealand photography by Rob Suisted

Author: Suisted, Rob

New Zealand has some exceptional and unique species of birds. A quarter of the birds in this country can't be found anywhere else on the planet. With a concerted focus on bird recovery through sanctuaries, the Department of Conservation and volunteer groups, many native birds are thriving and those at risk are growing in population.

Rob Suisted has captured the beautiful birds of New Zealand with great individual portrait and habitat shots. The four main habitats of forest, wetlands, coast and open country are introduced by Alison Dench's well-researched text.

Extended captions provide the reader with informative facts about the bird pictured. Thanks to the lens of Rob Suisted's camera, readers are able to get closer to the birds of New Zealand than many could have dreamed. Up close it is easy to see the beauty of these creatures. This is not a guidebook but an appreciation of the wonders of nature.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: New Holland

Black: Where It Belongs by Bob Howitt

Author: Howitt, Bob

Black: Where It Belongs is a complete record of the 2011 Rugby world Cup. One of the game's most respected commentators, Bob Howitt provides definitive commentary of the tournament and particularly the All Black games.

Fantastic colour photographs capture not only the games but also the opening ceremony, emotions and fans. Readers will find the scores and try scorers for all games plus a brief run down of each pool before more focus is placed on the finals and the All Black victory.

Of particular note is the tribute to Graham Henry near the back of the book, in which Bob Howitt not only tells of the remarkable record Henry has had coaching various teams but also expresses congratulations on behalf of all New Zealand.

At the back of the book readers will find Graham Henry's success record, the six players of the tournament and a tournament XV. This interesting and informative book provides a great souvenir for any All Black or rugby fan. It is also a great memento of a fantastic tournament.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas by Anne Salmond

Author: Salmond, Anne

We all know the story of Captain Bligh and the mutiny on the bounty, but how much do we really know about the man himself? What was he really like? Was the Bounty his first command? How did he interact with the Polynesians he encountered?

In this book, award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond tells the story of Bligh in a new light. This is not just a European history, but also explores the part played by Pacific Islanders.

This book begins with Bligh's arrival in Tahiti in 1777. Bligh was only 22 at the time and was accompanying Captain Cook. She then charts Bligh's three Pacific voyages, telling how they transformed the lives of islanders and those onboard Bligh's ships. She sheds new insight on the mutiny and Bligh's subsequent remarkable voyage across the pacific in a small boat.

She has been able to show a different side to the man and his accomplishments through use of the raw, unguarded letters between Bligh and his wife. Through this story, Anne reveals Bligh as an important ethnographer, which adds to the paradoxical legacy of this seaman. It also captures the excitement, drama and terror of the events in Bligh's life.

This book will be particularly of interest to anyone interested in maritime or pacific history, but also provides a thrilling and informative read.

RRP $65.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Bloodline: Wars of the Roses

Author: Iggulden, Conn

This novel from bestselling author Conn Iggulden is the third book in the critically acclaimed Wars of the Roses series. Following Stormbird and Trinity this novel will continue through the brutal Civil War that we now know as the Wars of the Roses.

Bloodline sees the Lancastrian and Yorkist factions clash at the battle of Towton -- the single most bloody conflict fought on British soil. The victorious Edward of York seals his claim to the English throne.

Type – Historically based fiction series for 15yrs+
Author: Conn Iggulden
RRP: $38.00 Published by Penguin Random House NZ
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Blue: A Novel by Danielle Steel

Author: Steel, Danielle

Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married to a top anchorman, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life in Beverly Hills - until her whole world dissolved in a single instant on the freeway two days before Christmas. In the aftermath, she pieces her life back together and tries to find meaning in her existence as a human rights worker in the worst areas around the globe.

Then, on the anniversary of the fateful accident - and wrestling with the lure of death herself - she meets a boy who will cause her life to change forever yet again. Thirteen-year-old Blue Williams has been living on the streets, abandoned by his family, rarely attending school, and utterly alone. Following her instincts, Ginny reaches out to him. Leery of everyone, he runs from her again and again. But he always returns, and each time, their friendship grows.

Blue glows with outsized spirit and an irresistible mix of innocence and wisdom beyond his years. Ginny offers him respect as they form an unusual bond and become the family they each lost. But just as Blue is truly beginning to trust her, she learns of a shocking betrayal that he has been hiding. Is it a wound too deep to heal, or will she be able to fight the battle that will make them both whole again? Blue is #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel at her finest, a probing and emotionally gripping story of dark secrets revealed, second chances, and the power of love and courage to overcome life’s greatest challenges.

Adult Fiction
RRP: Paperback NZ$37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Bodyguard: Hostage by Chris Bradford

Author: Bradford, Chris

Connor Reeves is no ordinary fourteen year old. He is possibly the world's most unlikely bodyguard, after all who would suspect that a teenager could protect anyone? But then again, who would know that Connor is a martial arts expert, trained in surveillance, hostage survival and unarmed combat.

When he is given the charge of protecting the president's daughter, his skills face the ultimate test. Alice doesn't want to be guarded, she just wants to have fun, and tries to shake off the secret service. But then again she doesn't know that Connor is assigned as her bodyguard and tries to lead him astray.

What neither of them know is that a terrorist cell has been activated to take her hostage and what danger she is actually in.

As readers of Bradford's Young Samurai series would expect, this book is packed with action and plenty of suspense making it a difficult book to put down. This novel is a good starter for what promises to be an exciting series for teenage boys. It already looks like a series that you need to follow from the start, with some questions left unanswered that will undoubtedly be explained in later episodes and apart from some of the descriptions not quite hitting the mark (like a road being likened to a snake skin), I really don't have many negatives about this book.

RRP $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Author: Springsteen, Bruce

'Writing about yourself is a funny business . . . But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this.' Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run.

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realised.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptised in the holy river of rock and roll.

Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences

Reading Age: Teen to Adult
RRP: $49.99 Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Author: Spotswood, Jessica

Simone is twelve and things start to go wrong right from her birthday. Her mother is too busy arranging for both of them to move into her new boyfriend’s house to realise it is Simone’s birthday. Simone doesn’t like Ingvar (the boyfriend), his house, and the fact it is so far from town, what’s more she doesn’t want to leave her friends, the neighbours or the flat.

If that seems bad enough, it isn’t until the teacher at her new school mistakes Simone for a boy called Simon that the trouble really begins, and from there it doesn’t stop. All sorts of things start to go wrong like lost dogs, ducks in the classroom and stolen handbags. Simone is constantly getting into trouble too even though she doesn’t mean to, most of the time, anyway. This book just goes to show the world is full of dipsticks and fruitloops.

Ulf Stark blends his own abilities for witty storytelling and to spin a yarn to make his a hilarious novel of growing up. It is certainly not your usual coming of age novel, but is a hilarious tale of a tough yet sensitive girl who pretends to be a boy and over time comes to accept her family’s and her own eccentricities. Along the way she also learns a lot about life and love.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Boy Zero Wannabe Hero: The petrifying plot of he plummeting pants by Peter Millett

Author: Millett, Peter

Charlie Applejack wants nothing more than to be the world’s greatest superhero. There is just one problem, as superheroes go he isn’t very good. In fact he has been rejected from Super School because they seem not to value what Charlie regards as his super powers but instead grade him on things he is not good at like flying and strength.

Just when it seems his dreams are dashed, he gets a chance to prove himself.

The galaxy’s most sensational new evil villain, General Pandemonium takes all of the world’s superheroes hostage and threatens to vaporise every pair of pants on the planet. With no superheroes, it becomes Charlie’s task to stop the villain? Will he prove he is a hero or with his makeshift superhero costume, will he prove that he is a zero.

This is a humorous and entertaining yarn from a talented New Zealand writer. Readers will no-doubt be looking for the second instalment ‘The attack of the brain-dead breakdancing zombies’.

RRP $15.99
Publisher: Allen and Unwin under the Faber & Faber title

Brave Bess and the ANZAC Horses by Susan Brocker

Author: Brocker, Susan

New Zealand soldiers that fought in World War One, but this book is about an important part of that military history that is seldom told, it is about the brave horses. It is a true story of courage and loyalty that deserves to be told.

At the outbreak of war in 1914, New Zealand troops left for the battlefield with more than 3,700 horses. Those were only the first of over 10,000 that New Zealand sent to war between 1914 and 1916. They served mainly in the Mounted Rifles Brigade in the Middle East, facing heat, stress, exhaustion, disease, thirst, hunger and untimely death. Despite their own hardships, the horses served with unquestioning loyalty and courage. Of all the horses sent overseas at the start of the war, only one ever returned home. This is her story.

Bess returned home from war to live out her final days near Bulls. Her grave and memorial is only a few kilometres from the township and is the only recognition of the contribution made by New Zealand horses in ‘The Great War’. In recent years some soldiers have gathered early on ANZAC Day by the memorial to remember the horses and those who fought with them.

To write this book, Susan Brocker extensively researched the history of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Middle East campaign of world War One. She also read the many diaries, memoirs and letters of soldiers who served in the New Zealand Mounted Rifles and in the Australian Light Horse.

Brave Bess and the ANZAC Horses is a tragic, yet poignant and moving account of how soldiers and horses worked together in such adverse and trying conditions. Susan’s love of horses shines through in the way she is able to put the reader inside the head of the horse, writing what the horse must have been thinking and giving readers an unusual perspective of war. Susan also interlaces the personal story of Bess with facts about the Brigade and the wider picture of what the New Zealand troops were doing at the time.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Breakers - The making of New Zealand's champion team by Marc Hinton - Photography by Photosport

Author: Hinton, Marc

If you're a sports fan, who enjoys the classic underdog story, then the real-life struggles of the country's burgeoning basketball team might be just the book for you.

From the shaky beginnings to the commitment and dedication from Andrej Lemanis and finally their stratospheric rise becoming champions, this book chronicles it all.

Recommended as a must read for any basketball fan, or a sports-mad relative.

RRP: $25.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

Author: Dawkins, Richard

The second and final part of Richard Dawkins' memoirs

In An Appetite for Wonder Richard Dawkins brought us his engaging memoir of the first 35 years of his life from early childhood in Africa to publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976, when he shot to fame as one of the most exciting new scientists of his generation. In Brief Candle in the Dark he continues his autobiography, following the threads that have run through the second half of his life so far and homing in on the key individuals, institutions and ideas that inspired and motivated him.

He paints a vivid picture, coloured with wit, anecdote and digression, of the twenty-five postgraduate years he spent teaching at Oxford. He pays affectionate tribute to past colleagues and students, recalling with characteristic wry humour the idiosyncrasies of an establishment steeped in ancient tradition and arcane ritual while also recording his respect for the profound commitment to learning and discovery that lies at its core. He invites us to share the life of a travelling scientist, from fieldwork on the Panama Canal to conferences of stratospheric eminence in exotic locations in the company of some of the most prominent – and some of the most eccentric – of the world's scientific luminaries. And he describes his experiences with his many publishers, television producers, interviewers and partners in debate, not least in the heady period when, after publication of The God Delusion in 2006, he is dubbed the world's most outspoken and controversial atheist.

In Brief Candle in the Dark we are invited to enter with him a constantly stimulating world of discovery and to meet a fascinating cast of exceptional characters described by the talented pen of one of the most exceptional of them all.

Type: Adult – Biography
Author Richard Dawkins
RRP: $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Author: Mantel, Hilary

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line.

When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king's pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a 'truth' that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days.

Bring Up The Bodies is a historical novel and sequel to the best selling Wolf Hall. In it Hilary Mantel explores the death of Anne Boleyn and encapsulates Tudor England. It starts where Wolf Hall finishes both in terms of storyline and excellent story telling. It is a riveting read that sheds light on the modern world and on the human psyche.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: HarperCollins under the 4th Estate title

Bromhead by Peter Bromhead

Author: Bromhead, Peter

Peer Bromhead has led an unashamedly colourful life, from surviving German air raids as a child in the United Kingdom to navigating parallel careers as a cartoonist and interior designer, marrying three times and becoming a father again in his seventies. In this satirical illustrated memoir, Bromhead, as he is best known, shares his life in words and pictures. Packed with hilarious stories recounting his harsh upbringing, romantic missteps, cartooning career and experiences as an older father, Bromhead's long-awaited autobiography is a heart-warming and seriously funny read.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $38.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Brotherband 7: The Caldera by John Flanagan

Author: Flanagan, John

Hal and the Heron Brotherband must infiltrate a pirate stronghold to rescue a future emperor in the seventh book of the worldwide bestselling Brotherband series.

Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia’s greatest warrior. But an unexpected visitor arrives with a request Stig, Hal and the brotherband can’t refuse: a rescue mission of epic proportions.

Pirates have kidnapped the son of the Empress of Byzantos, a city-state far to the south. The brotherband sets sail to recover the boy, only to find that the pirates’ fortress seems impenetrable, sitting atop towering cliffs above the deep lagoon – the caldera – of a volcanic crater.

Culminating in a battle for survival on the high seas, The Caldera sees the Herons take on one of their most difficult missions yet as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders.


Reading Age: 12 to 18 years
RRP: Paperback NZ$23.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Brotherhood of Thieves 1: The Wardens by Stuart Daly

Author: Daly, Stuart

A brotherhood of treasure hunters. A terrifying enemy. Five young recruits. The race is on.

Caspan hates life as a thief on the streets, so he leaps at the chance to join a secret order sanctioned by the King.

The Brotherhood seeks the lost magical weapons of an ancient race that will help them fight the Roon, the invading army who creep ever closer. Defeat seems inevitable unless, Caspan and his fellow recruits – Roland, Lachlan, Sara and Kilt – can set aside their differences and use their new skills to help turn the tide.

With swords strapped to their belts, riding magical beasts called Wardens, they leave the sanctuary of their training ground for their first mission. Will it be their last?

Age group: 12+
RRP: $21.99
Publisher: Random House Australia

Buck Up: the Real Blokes Guide to Getting Healthy and Living Longer by Buck Shelford and Dr Grant Schofield

Author: Shelford, Buck
Schofield, Grant

Wayne 'Buck' Shelford is a legend in New Zealand with an image as a fit and fearless rugby player. However in 2005 he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. More recently he lost twenty-five kilos under the scrutiny of a high-profile weight loss programme. He is a man many look up to, and more importantly will listen to when it comes to advice on how to become healthier.

In this book, he shares not only practical advice on men's health but his own personal struggles. His aim is to encourage kiwi men and their loved ones to take men's health seriously.

In writing Buck Up, Shelford teamed up with highly regarded sports scientist Dr Grant Schofield to bring together a wide array of information, practical advice and realistic tips all mixed in with a good dose of humour. This real bloke's guide will give men the courage and motivation to take control of their own health issues.

Buck Up is a book that will inspire, but it is also a book that will benefit the whole family, whether it is by recognising symptoms of heart attacks or with practical advice on issues like loosing weight and keeping in shape. There are even chapters on leadership and mental toughness, making it ideal for any active sportspeople.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

BULLRUSH - A celebration of the Great New Zealand Game by David Slack.

Author: Slack, David

This is David's slack tribute to the game along with engaging comments from famous New Zealand celebrities who remember playing this "old as the hills" game which they all loved bruises, blood and all.

Bull Rush is Rugby without the ball – Josh Kronfeld.

It's the perfect sport with a lovely balance between winning, losing, starting again, the challenge all in front of you again and again and just as you think you've got an advantage, it turns on you. And there you go. No equipment needed just wits and a bit of bravery... Scotty Stevenson.

Adult reading.
Publisher: Harper Collins

Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak

Author: Sendak, Maurice

Bumble-Ardy is the story of a pig who doesn't have a birthday party until he is nine years old. He knows his aunt won't want him to have a party so he just plans it without telling her. Will it be a success? And what will happen when she finds out?

It is the first picture book I have seen to have a prologue, and especially eleven lines of prologue with only one small picture. Some of the words might need explaining for younger readers too. It is a quirky story told in rhyme, accompanied by quirky pictures.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Burt Munro The Lost Interviews by Neill Birss

Author: Birss, Neill

Invercargill, at the far southern end of New Zealand. It’s the late 1960s and two blokes sit in a modest shed drinking tea. The old bloke is telling stories about his life; the young bloke, a junior reporter, is typing earnestly on his Olympia portable typewriter. Dramatic tales abound – of youthful scrapes, motorcycle races and ingenious repairs, of international travel and friendships and road trips, of high speeds and accidents and meetings with dutiful policemen.

Our young journalist, Neill Birss, moved away from Invercargill and the interviews he had typed out were never published. In fact, they were lost during the move and only resurfaced under strange circumstances many decades later. Here they are in this book – the lost interviews with Burt Munro, legendary Kiwi motorcycle rider – his voice as fresh and his stories as vivid as the day he told them to the young reporter.

Reading Age: Young Adult – Adult
RRP: $35.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

BUYER BEWARE by Maria Slade

Author: Slade, Maria

A New Zealand Home Buyer's Guide

How to negotiate the minefield of buying a home in New Zealand today.

Property prices going through the stratosphere, leaky buildings, P contamination, bullying body corporates - purchasing a house today can feel akin to entering a minefield. Written by a news journalist who has covered many of the horror stories, this book takes a no-holds-barred look at the challenges facing home buyers and offers savvy advice on how to navigate that minefield. It will appeal to all home buyers, from first-timers hoping for a small apartment to older people looking to downsize and everyone in between.

With chapters on the search, mortgages and legal aspects, types of title, buying at auction, buying off plans, checks and warning signs, bodies corporate and the special problems to be found in Christchurch, there is plenty of information for everyone.

Reading Age Adult
RRP $30.00
Publisher: Pengui Random House NZ

Cakestar by Jade Lipton

Author: Lipton, Jade

Jade Lipton is a 32-year-old mother of two and owner of Cakestar, a successful boutique cake business in Brisbane. Her high profile clients include Chanel, Mercedes Benz, Audi and the Australian Fashion Week. She is also the Australian judge of the popular TV show New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker.

This book is packed with more than 25 of her spectacular cake, cupcake and biscuit designs. Jade's descriptive instructions and step-by-step photographs make the designs achievable by the home baker.

The designs vary in skill level and each features a new decorating skill that the reader can perfect to help them achieve professional looking and stunning creations of their own.

This book also wouldn't be complete without having basic recipes for delicious cakes and recipes to be used in the designs.

This book will bee an inspirational read for those who want to create a stunning masterpiece for a special occasion or something different when having friends over.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Cameo The Street Pony by Kelly Wilson

Author: Wilson, Kelly

In the second Showtym Adventure, Kelly receives an unbroken pony. Will she gain the confidence to train and ride her?

When nine-year-old Kelly Wilson outgrows her pony, her mum surprises her with a beautiful steel-grey mare that she spotted trotting down the street, tied to the back of a truck. But there’s a catch. Cameo has never been ridden!

While her sisters Vicki and Amanda are jumping higher than ever before, Kelly must face her fears on an untested pony. Will Cameo ever be ready for competitions? And will the girls’ ponies hold their own against the purebreds at the Royal Show?

Reading age: 8 to 12 years.
RRP: Paperback NZ$14.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Can You Tolerate This? – 21 Personal Essays by Ashleigh Young

Author: Young, Ashleigh

In this spirited and singular book, Young roams freely from preoccupation to preoccupation – Hamilton’s 90s music scene, family histories, a boy with a rare skeletal disease, a stone-collecting French postman, a desire for impossible physical transformation – trying to find some measure of clarity amid uncertainty. How to bear each moment of experience: the inconsequential as much as the shattering? Her search takes us through poignant, funny and raw territories.

This is a brave, sometimes confronting, always intriguing, often compelling and distinctly unusual book.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: Paperback NZ$30.00
Publisher: Victoria University Press

Captivated By You: A CROSSFIRE NOVEL by Sylvia Day

Author: Day, Sylvia

The hugely anticipated follow-up to Entwined with You in the 15-million-copy global bestselling Crossfire series.

Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened up old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp; my greatest fears becoming my reality; my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...

RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Penguin

Captured by Neil Cross

Author: Cross, Neil

In this story, readers follow Kenny Drummond as he pursues revenge and the truth about his friend’s disappearance. Although Kenny is still young, he has been given just weeks to live due to an inoperable brain tumour and before he goes, he is determined to settle scores and right some of the wrongs he has done.

One of the things he decides to put right is to reunite with his childhood best friend, Callie Barton, but when he discovers she has gone missing, the police have nothing to go on and have only cleared Callie’s husband Jonathan of any wrongdoing, he decided to find out what happened himself.

With nothing to loose and convinced that Jonathan is not as innocent as the police think he is, Kenny is determined to find his friend at any cost. Kenny, who still counts his ex-wife and her new partner as close friends, is transformed by the hunt for revenge which escalates into feats of manipulation, abduction and violence. What unfolds in this gripping tale is a terrifying spiral of events. It is shocking and disturbing yet completely compelling as Neil has readers wondering how it is all going to end.

RRP $39.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Caribou Island by David Vann

Author: Vann, David

On a small island in a glacier fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unravelling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past, are trying to rebuild their life together. Following Gary's life-long dream, they are hauling logs out to Caribou Island in good weather and terrible storms, in sickness and in health, to patch together the kind of cabin that drew them to Alaska in the first place.

Across the water, on the mainland, their daughter Rhoda is starting her own life. She fantasises about the perfect wedding day, whilst her betrothed, Jim the dentist wonders the possibility of an altogether different future. Three sets of couples' lives intertwine and the faults in this family tapestry are exposed. The American Dream will perish and the disillusionment of American frontier mythology will become vividly apparent.

This is a tale of love, resentment, and the raw existential cries of ordinary people, a drama set in the midst of breathtaking landscape and the difficulties of frontier life.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Caspar Lee by Caspar Lee & Riordan Lee

Author: Lee, Caspar & Riordan

Unbeknownst to Caspar, his mum secretly signed a deal to write his life story. Luckily, he discovered her plan and dashed to the printers, just in time to correct some of her allegations.

The story of Caspar’s crazy life so far is brimming with hilarious anecdotes, including how he tried to kill his mum on his first day on earth, his ‘eventful’ time at school, and how he always was a hit with the ladies . . . The must-have book for Caspar’s fans around the world.

Reading Age: Young adult
RRP: $35.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Cast Iron by Peter May

Author: May, Peter

Peter May's new frontlist thriller, and the concluding chapter of the Enzo Files.

In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.

No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone cold case - the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve.

Yet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box that not only raises old ghosts but endangers his entire family.

Reading Age: Adult
TPBK $34.99
EBK $19.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Catch Me When You Fall by Eileen Merriman

Author: Merriman, Eileen

A moving novel about learning to find happiness in the face of uncertainty and discovering a love that transcends the boundary between life and death.

Seventeen-year-old Alex Byrd is about to have the worst day of her life, and the best. A routine blood test that will reveal her leukaemia has returned, but she also meets Jamie Orange.

Some people believe in love at first sight, and some don’t.
I believe in love in four days.
I believe in falling.
Both teenagers have big dreams, but also big obstacles to overcome.
‘Promise me you won’t try to die,’ I said. ‘Ever.’
‘Promise me you won’t either,’ he countered.
‘It’s not really something I can control.’
The author is works as a full-time consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital.

Reading age: 15 to 20 years.
RRP: Paperback NZ$19.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Cattra's Legacy by Anna MacKenzie

Author: MacKenzie, Anna

The story begins with thirteen year old Risha's father's funeral. He died suddenly, yet no-one seems to comfort her. Instead she is cast out by her village and is forced to leave the simple life in the mountains that have always been her home. Disguised as a boy she finds her way out with a group of traders, but she doesn't want to be a trader herself, instead she seeks to discover the truth about her mother and her heritage.

Here begins a grand, sweeping adventure and Risha is caught up in dangerous pursuits, intrigue, trickery and betrayal. Before she can learn who her mother, Cattra was, she must learn who to trust. On the way from the mountains to the plains and the sea she discovers that Cattra was the queen of two kingdoms. Now everyone seems to be after Risha to either kill her or use her in their own power games.

By sixteen, Risha is a strong and outspoken leader of men. She is a strategic thinker and a young woman who must fight to assume the legacy of her mother. She has learned when to run, when to stand and fight and perhaps too she might now learn how to love. But is she ready to assume the legacy left by Cattra?

This richly imagined tale for young adults immediately draws readers into Risha's world (which seems like the late middle ages) and her plight. Right from the start you get the feeling she seems to have more enemies than friends and it is nothing of her own doing. It is a well told, gripping story of mystery, discovery and love.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Longacre Press and distributed by Random House New Zealand

Champions: Rugby World Cup 2011 All Blacks Victory by Richard Becht with photographs by photosport

Author: Becht, Richard

The first thing readers will notice with this book is that it starts with the final and works backwards rather than he other way around. This is a book about the all Blacks becoming world champions and retraces their triumphs from finish to start in text and with stunning photographs.

The stunning photographs not only capture the action from every all Black game but also crowd shots, opening ceremony highlights and memorable moments. Some of the pictures are simply amazing and there are full page and double page spreads including a pull out poster of the entire All Black team with Ritchie holding the cup aloft.

Aficionados of the game will also find match reports including key statistics, highlights and the man of the match for each game. There are also quotes from players, coaches, journalists and experts. Champions is an official licensed product of the New Zealand Rugby Union and RWC Ltd 2008. It is a wonderful souvenir of the game and the outstanding All Blacks victory in reclaiming the Webb Ellis trophy. It is a must for all All Blacks fans whether they attended some of the games or viewed the tournament at home.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under licence from RWC Ltd 2008

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Author: Gregory, Philippa

The year is 1453 and all the signs point to it being the end of the world. Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, the brilliant and handsome seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is sent to the Vatican in Rome where he expects to be punished and executed. Instead a mysterious stranger recruits him into a secret order known as 'The Order of the Dragon'. This order investigates strange occurrences across Europe. Sealed orders command Luca to map the fears of Christendom and to travel to the frontier of good and evil.

Also seventeen, Isolde, a Lady Abbess is trapped in a nunnery to prevent her claiming her rich inheritance. As the nuns in her care are driven mad by strange visions, Luca is sent to investigate. All the evidence points to Isolde and dark magic being involved and a pyre is being built in the nunnery yard to burn her for witchcraft.

Despite their vowels and circumstances, Luca and Isolde find themselves falling in love as they journey across Europe with two companions, Friese and Ishraq.

Forced to face the greatest fears of the medieval world including werewolves, dark magic and madness, Luca and Isolde embark on a search for truth and their own destinies. It is a journey that will mean tracking down the person who holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.

This is the first in what promises to be a riveting series of intrigue, romance, historical drama and supernatural mystery for young adults. Philippa Gregory once again shows her ability to bring the past and its salacious scandals to life. The promise of romance and the building mystery of the Order of Darkness will have readers eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. The biggest mystery of this book however seems to be the name, which presumably refers to Luca, but the meaning is never explained or even implied.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Chappy by Patricia Grace

Author: Grace, Patricia

A literary milestone and her first novel in 10 years this well known NZ writer has produced a story of enduring love spanning several decades and continents set against the backdrop of an ever changing New Zealand.

Storyline – Uprooted from his privileged European life and sent to New Zealand to sort himself out the wayward 21 year old Daniel pieces together the history of his Maori family as he listens to his relatives revisiting their past. He learns of a remarkable love story between his Maori grandmother Oriwia and his Japanese grandfather Chappy.

During the course of learning about his intriguing and elusive grandfather Daniel discovers much about the racial intolerance, cross-cultural conflicts and everyone’s, including his own, desire to belong.

A wonderful coming of age story.

For Adults

RRP: $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse New Zealand

Charisma by Jeanne Ryan

Author: Ryan, Jeanne

For Ages: 12 and up

An edge-of-your-seat thriller from the bestselling author of, Nerve, the book behind 2016's hottest YA film, starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco & Juliette Lewis.

A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences... Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness - that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it's too late.

Reading age: 13 – 18 years
RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Charles Dickens by Simon Callow

Author: Callow, Simon

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic, who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and the creator of some of the world's most memorable fictional characters.

Who better to write about Charles Dickens than a thespian, actor and fellow writer? Simon Phillip Hugh Callow, CBE is an English actor (best known for his performance in Four Weddings and a Funeral), musician, writer and theatre director. He manages to provide readers with an engaging and entertaining account of Dickens's essentially theatrical perspective on the world.

Callow captures the essence of Dickens and brings him to life like never before, even critiquing his work, and explaining some of the contradictions within it. This is not written with rose coloured glasses on either, and Simon does not hide the fact that Dickens could be a thoroughly nasty chap, mistreating his wife and bullying his publishers.

If any student thought that studying Dickens would be boring they should read this biography. It gives a detailed account of Dickens and his works while being told with Callow's own wit and personality, making it very readable.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins under the Harper Press title

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin

Author: Tomalin, Claire

Charles Dickens needs no introduction. He was a phenomenon: a hardworking journalist, father of ten children, a tireless traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist. He created many memorable characters who live immortally in the English imagination including the Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip, David Copperfield, Little Nell, Lady Dedlock, and many more. His stories reflected the social undercurrent of the time.

At the age of twelve he was sent to work in a blacking factory by his affectionate but feckless parents. From these unpromising beginnings, he rose to scale all the social and literary heights, entirely through his own efforts. When he died, the world mourned, and he was buried - against his wishes - in Westminster Abbey. He recognised his own brilliance early on in his writing career, calling himself "the inimitable", yet the brilliance concealed a divided character: a republican, he disliked America; sentimental about the family in his writings, he took up passionately with a young actress; usually generous, he cut off his impecunious children.

Claire Tomalin has a real flare and talent for writing engaging and empathetic biographies. Reading Charles Dickens: A Life, you get a real feel for what the great writer was like and the trials and tribulations he faced. It is an excellent book for getting to know Charles Dickens better.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Charlie and His Amazing Tales by Dawn McMillan & Illustrated by Ross Kinnard

Author: McMillan, Dawn

I've found my new dog! I know he's the one! He's a walker, a talker, a bundle of fun. Charlie the dog is for sale for only $10. If the price seems cheap for a dog that can talk, wait until you hear the stories that Charlie tells, all of them true, maybe ...

Reading age: 4 – 8 years
RRP NZ$19.99
Publisher: Oratia Books

Charlie the Choo-Choo by Beryl Evans

Author: Evans, Beryl

Illustrated by Ned Dameron

From the world of The Dark Tower comes a picture book about a train engine and his devoted engineer - unmissable for fans of Stephen King's bestselling series.

A children's book and future classic about friendship, loyalty and hard work, written by the bestselling author Stephen King as 'Beryl Evans'.
Engineer Bob has a secret: his train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive...
Fans of Stephen King's bestselling series will recognise Charlie, the Choo-Choo, adapted from a section of his novel The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands. The piece of art created by Ned Dameron for book three is now the cover image for this picture book.
'If I were ever to write a children's book, it would be just like this!' - Stephen King

Reading Age:5+years
RRP Hardcover NZ$29.99
Publisher: Hachette

Chase by Linwood Barclay

Author: Barclay, Linwood

Get ready to run . . . an edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay, in his first novel for 9-12 year olds.
Chipper is a very special dog. As part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology, Chipper's whole life has been spent within the walls of a secret organization known only as The Institute. Chipper is supposed to be more machine than mutt, but something's wrong and The Institute knows it. He's about to be terminated.
Across the state, twelve-year-old orphan Jeff Conway is working all hours at his aunt Flo's lakeside cabin business. He misses his parents, his old life, and the dog he had to leave behind.
When Chipper escapes and Jeff finds himself part of the chase, The Institute's most ruthless agent is hot on their tail, and he wants Chipper dead . . . at any cost.
Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense collide in Linwood Barclay's action-packed first novel for children.

Children’s Fiction
RRP NZ$ 17.99.
Reading Age: 9 to 12 years
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Chelsey by Chelsey Shannon

Author: Shannon, Chelsey

When her only surviving parent, her father died, Chelsey suddenly found herself in an unthinkable situation. It was only days before her fourteenth birthday when he was violently murdered, and her life changed forever.

She was forced to come to terms with a new identity as an orphan, a new home, and a new school. Chelsey struggled to make sense of her personal tragedy but she found a way to flourish despite the odds.

Like Hannah Friedman’s book, this is the memoirs and autobiography of a teenage girl, but that is where the similarity ends. Chelsey Shannon faced real tragedy and a situation most of us would hate to be confronted with, when her sole remaining parent was murdered, making her an orphan at fourteen. Her book is an inspirational tale about coping with life, interspersed with her own poetry and letters.

It seems a much more personal book and is written with honesty and feeling. Reading about Chelsey’s grief and the way she coped, may help others coping with grief. It is a very moving story.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Health Communication
Distributed by Southern Publishers Group

Child's Play: Montessori Games and Activities for your Baby and Toddler by Maja Pitamic with expert contributions by Dr Clare McCarthy

Author: Pitamic, Maja
McCarthy, Clare

Child's Play is an activity book packed with play ideas to aid a child's development from twelve months through to three years of age. Each game offers parents or teachers the chance to encourage and assist in this key developmental stage.

One of the helpful tools for parents included in this book is a timeline showing the key developmental stages for children between twelve months and three years of age. Teachers will however know that there are no hard and fast rules on how children progress, as all children will progress at their own pace. Therefore parents need to take the timelines as a guide only and should not panic if they can't ride a bicycle at 27 months for example. This is explained in the must read 'how To Use This Book' part of the introduction, although I get the impression that most readers will just flick through to each chapter, see where their child should be according to the timeline and do the activities to get their child to reach that stage.

It should also be noted unlike the way each chapter reads, it is not meant just for boys or girls, and likewise the fact that some chapters refer to the child as a boy and others refer to the child as a girl does not make the chapter exclusively suited to one or other gender.

All activities within this book are presented with easy-to-follow guidelines and suggestions. They also progress in difficulty throughout each chapter to keep pace with the development of the child. Parents will also note that each activity requires no specialised knowledge or equipment. There are even some templates to help parents to create some of the props in exactly the same way as they appear in the book. However parents will also have to note to photocopy each template before cutting it out of the copy as in the book, they back onto each other making it impossible to cut out one template without ruining the one on the other side.

If time is taken to read the book first, accept that there is no real prescriptive timeline on how quickly children will learn, and that children need to develop in all areas rather than progress chapter by chapter, then this is a great book to help parents take an active role in the early stages of their child's learning. It encourages infants and toddlers to explore their senses, develop co-ordination and skills, and gives them a basic skill and knowledge set that will help them in their futures.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: New Holland

Chocolate Wars: From Cadbury to Kraft 200 years of sweet success and bitter rivalry by Deborah Cadbury

Author: Cadbury, Deborah

Bestselling historian and award-winning documentary maker Deborah Cadbury takes a journey into her own family history to uncover the rivalries that have driven 250 years of chocolate empire building. Deborah Cadbury is a direct descendant of the Cadbury dynasty and has been granted exclusive access to the family and company archives to write this book.

This book explores the history of Cadbury from its humble beginnings, to becoming the world’s largest confectionery company and the takeover by Kraft. It explores the links between the Quaker movement and the major English chocolate manufacturers and tells the story of the fierce rivalries that have driven Britain’s chocolate industry for nearly 200 years.

Deborah Cadbury explores the story of the chocolate pioneers and how their religious beliefs shaped their business decisions. The book also shows a shift in focus and the differences between those who started Cadbury believed to be their stakeholders and who are believed to be stakeholders now, reflecting change in the wider society with capitalisation and globalisation. Chocolate Wars is more than a story of one family or company, it is a story of an entire industry that can act as a parable on a process of change that affects us all.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers under the Harper Press title

Christmas In The Bush by Lindy Kelly and illustrated by Lyn Kriegler

Author: Kelly, Lindy

Josh is going to spend his first Christmas on his father's new farm and has been really looking forward to it, but when he arrives there are no decorations and worse still no presents. Does Christmas not come to the bush?

He even has to do chores on Christmas day. Could this be the worst Christmas ever? Maybe his dad has a trick or two that will turn the day around.

This is a story about estranged parents and a dad making the most of the short time he gets to spend with his son by giving him a Christmas adventure he will never forget. It is a delightful story with fantastic, distinctly New Zealand illustrations.

Josh is going to spend his first Christmas on his father's new farm and has been really looking forward to it, but when he arrives there are no decorations and worse still no presents. Does Christmas not come to the bush?

He even has to do chores on Christmas day. Could this be the worst Christmas ever? Maybe his dad has a trick or two that will turn the day around.

This is a story about estranged parents and a dad making the most of the short time he gets to spend with his son by giving him a Christmas adventure he will never forget. It is a delightful story with fantastic, distinctly New Zealand illustrations.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times by Thomas Piketty

Author: Piketty ,Thomas

Bringing readers the same expert eye, breadth of thought and practical ideas – but in very short pieces – Chronicles provides Piketty’s analysis of the financial crisis, and of subjects and individuals, from productivity in Britain to Barack Obama. Comprising the very best of his writing for Liberation from the past ten years, translated into English for the first time, it will further cement Piketty’s reputation as the leading thinker in the world today.
With Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty wrote a bestselling book that was widely agreed to be ‘extraordinarily important’ (Martin Wolf, Financial Times). His powerful, evidence-based analysis and solutions – including progressive wealth taxes to reduce inequality – were praised as much as his wonderful range of reference and panache.

Reading Age: Adult & Young Adult non fiction
RRP: $37.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Coastal Kitchen

Author: Various Authors

New Zealand has a breathtaking coastline and an abundance of exceptional cafés and restaurants with stunning views. Coastal Kitchen celebrates the delicious cuisine that can be found around the country and all the recipes are supplied by these coastal eateries.

From the farthest north to the deepest south, the beauty, attractions and gastronomical delights of each region is introduced. A range of recipes has been selected, featuring only the freshest, tastiest produce. While fish and seafood dishes feature prominently, a full range of delicious meats, vegetarian dishes and desserts are also included to create a substantial recipe book that will cater to all tastes.

The extraordinary photographic talent of Ian Batchelor showcases food alongside gorgeous coastal shots that evoke the seaside eating experience.

Adult Cookbook
Photography by Ian Batchelor
Recipes supplied by coastal eateries around the country.
Hardback with colourful dust cover
RRP: $35.00
Publisher: New Holland (NZ) Ltd

Coastlines of New Zealand photographs Rob Suisted & text by Alison Dench

Author: Suisted, Rob
Dench, Alison

If you have friends that live overseas and you want them to come visit you I would suggest you send them this book.

Few New Zealanders live far from the coast and many cherish the special nature of seaside communities. Our long coastline (15,000+ kilometres) has a breath taking range of locations and a rich diversity. From the picturesque sandy beaches of the east, to the long drifts of black sand on the west, the visitor will also encounter evidence of the forces that have shaped our land and the ongoing nature of the upheavals caused by the continental plates which meet beneath New Zealand

Rob Suisted’s evocative photographs capture all of this and Alison Dench’s well researched introductions and descriptive captions referencing the history and current land use around the coast, add context and depth.

The back cover sums it up really ‘A visual journey around New Zealand’s spectacular seaboard.’ It really is an accurate statement and Rob Suisted’s photography brings the country into your hands.

This book captures the incredible diversity that can be found in New Zealand’s amazing coastline. You get a real sense of the huge environmental factors involved with the creation of such an dramatically unique coastline. A coastline that is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Soft Cover
RRP: NZ$19.99
Publisher: New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd

Cody's Unexpected Catch by Des Hunt with illustrations by Justine Black

Author: Hunt, Des

Cody and Wiri are surprised to find out that their whitebait is actually not white, more like redbait and greenbait, but this isn't the only surprise in store for them on their holiday. Actually the dyed whitebait turn out to be part o a research project and could be a good way for the boys to earn some extra money on their holiday, but the job they are given is not as easy as it first seems, and also it seems there are much less whitebait to be had than usual.

Tensions are also rife on the river, especially when a man from the city arrives with his daughter. Caitlin is about the same age as the boys and is keen to help on the project too, but not so keen on the media photographing or interviewing her, her father on the other hand makes it clear that he is not big on being told what to or what not to do. What is their secret? Will the boys ever find out what is responsible for the low catch before they get the blame? And can Caitlin be trusted?

Des Hunt once again combines tales of nature, rural New Zealand and adventure with humour to make a thoroughly riveting read for younger readers.

RRP $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Coffin Road by Peter May

Author: May, Peter

The million-selling master of crime brings murder back to the Outer Hebrides.

A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it.

A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before - a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery - a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock, and DS George Gunn must find out who did it and why.

A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that others were behind his disappearance.

Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth - and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.

Adult Fiction
RRP: Paperback$34.99 or EB:$19.99
Publisher: Hachette Australia

Collins Pocket Guide To Minibeasts by Terence Lindsey and Rod Morris

Author: Lindsey, Terence
Morris, Rod

The name of this book alone will be enough to draw the attention of some students, but this is not a book of mythical creatures. The minibeasts covered in this book are real creatures that you can encounter in New Zealand from earthworms and leaches to springtails and sand scarabs.

Readers will learn useful information about all sorts of insects, slugs, snails, worms, other small creatures and the habitats they live in. Of particular interest will be the threat or lack of that some pose to humans, but through reading this book, students will pick up other interesting snippets of information like bees are essentially wasps that have become vegetarian and that the migratory locusts found here are the same species that has been known to swarm and cause so much damage in Africa, but due to NZ's climate they never reach the swarm stage here.

Most importantly, this book provides valuable information to identify any minibeast you might encounter in your garden or while tramping around the countryside. Both native and introduced species are covered. Beside each creature's name, readers will also find a silhouette of the creature giving approximate size and a location map of NZ with habitats identified in green. There is also extra information about New Zealand's wildlife habitats to be found at the front of the book.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Coming Home to Roost by Mary-Anne Scott

Author: Scott, Mary-Anne

A fast-paced, bighearted novel about an age-old situation from the award winning author of Snakes and Ladders.

Elliot is 17 and in need of a fresh start, so he’s dispatched to a new city (Wellington) to work as an apprentice electrician. His boss, Arnie, is an ex-naval officer whose bad temper and frequent advice don’t make for easy living — but Elliot’s out of options.

Elliot is just settling into some sort of routine when a disturbing rumour surfaces about his ex-girlfriend, Lena.

As Lena tries to track him down, Elliot dives for cover. But a problem this big only attracts more problems, and, after a shocking workplace accident, they’re all going to catch up with him at once.

The question is, will Elliot come out of hiding and face them head on?

Reading Age: Young adult fiction
RRP: $19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Common Lives: An uncommon tale of friendship, food and two very different gardens by Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey

Author: Marriott, Janice
Pawsey, Virginia

Common lives about two women with two different gardens in the two main islands of New Zealand. Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey went to Gisborne Girls High together and met again after thirty years at a school reunion, where they rekindled their friendship. They began writing and discovered a shared passion for gardening and cooking despite living very different lives.

Janice Marriott has just made the move from Wellington to Auckland. In the introduction to this book she describes her garden in Wellington as being between Tinakori Hill and the motorway in an area of tiny lanes and old cottages. It is not a large garden but offers Marriott a relatively tranquel oasis in the city.

By contrast, Virginia Pawsey has a farm garden in the hills behind Hawarden in North Canterbury. At around 500m elevation, it experiences fickle summers with rogue frosts and harsh winds. To protect the garden from the worst of the weather, it is surrounded by trees., but the garden does not really stop at those boundaries or the fences and gates that stop the livestock. Pawsey likes to think of the entire farm as an extention of her garden.

In their first book called 'Common Ground', the two friends wrote about their very different gardens and lives. In their second book 'Common Table', their wise and witty letters tell the story of their kitchens. Now in Common Lives the best of both books is brought together. The correspondance between the two included in this book tells readers about their lives, gardens and kitchen as well as their loves and losses.

The letters follow one year in their lives from March to February. This is more than just a biographical look at two women or a book about gardening though. There are 26 recipes between its pages ranging from baking to main dishes, desserts and chutneys. Maybe not surprisingly by the way the rest of the book is writen, the recipes also have the feel of being shared by a friend, with handy hints and also being written in an esy to follow, descriptive manner.

Overall readers will find this book well written with funny, clever and poignant letters plus useful recipes, providing insight into two different lives, two different places and one great friendship.

RRP $44.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Conquer Your Email Overload by Debbie Mayo-Smith

Author: Mayo-Smith, Debbie

Conquer Your Email Overload is designed to speed up your time going through emails, help you to organise them quickly and make the most of Microsoft Outlook. Written by international marketing guru, Debbie Mayo-Smith, this book shows you how to conquer email fears and harness the full power of one of today's most important means of business and personal communication.

There are handy tips and step-by-step instructions, although be warned that not all the things suggested will work in every case (like read receipts) or on every version of Microsoft Outlook. Screenshots throughout the book also make it easier to understand the instructions the author gives.

This book can be a handy tool for those who don't understand emails well, or want to get more out of Microsoft Outlook. This book is not for everyone however, and some will find that either Microsoft Outlook is not a practical option or that they are more comfortable using other programmes for their emailing and organising. It is clearly written from someone who is passionate about a particular product and who tries to install the same passion in the reader. For those who use Microsoft Outlook this book is a handy guide that can not only maximise what you get out of it but also help you enjoy the programme.

RRP 34.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Containment by Vanda Symon

Author: Symon, Vanda

Containment is Vanda Symon’s third novel and features Same Shepherd, the same feisty young policewoman that was the central character in the other two books.

In Containment, Sam is training as a detective at Dunedin Central when she is assigned to investigate what seems to be a routine diving accident off the Otago coast. When the forensics results come back, they tell a different story however. They show that the man didn’t die from drowning and that the body was put in the wetsuit after death.

Could there be a connection between this case and another that Sam is investigating in which the citizens of Dunedin have been pillaging the wreckage of a container ship at the harbour entrance? As the story unfolds, the young detective has to make sense of a complex web of lies and violence. Will she uncover who is behind it all and who the real criminals are?

It is refreshing to read such a detective novel that is based in New Zealand, yet on a par with detective novels from the UK or USA. It is also interesting that Vanda chose Aramoana, a settlement familiar with most New Zealanders as being the site of our worst ever massacre, as the location where containers from the stricken ship are being washed ashore and looted. Sam is a very likeable character and the novel is very hard to put down, especially as you get caught in the web of lies and intrigue.

RRP $28.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Contemporary Gardens Of New Zealand by Carol Bucknell and Sally Tagg

Author: Bucknell, Carol
Tagg, Sally

Contemporary Gardens of New Zealand showcases a spectacular range of unique gardens by more than 20 of the country's leading landscape designers. Utilising an exciting range of planting styles and architectural forms, these gardens enhance their surroundings and beautifully complement the environments in which they are located.

City, coastal and rural gardens from minimalist style through to delightfully diverse feature in this collection of contemporary garden designs. Native, exotic, and subtropical plant species combine with structural, lighting, artistic and water elements to provide inspirational masterpieces. Large or small, the gardens featured in this book frequently enhance indoor-outdoor flow, enriching the lives of their occupants.

Writer Carol Bucknell and photographer Sally Tagg explore some of the country's most acclaimed garden designs. Many of the ones featured in this book have never been published before. This book provides insightful written and visual commentary on the creative process.

For anyone looking for inspiration for their own gardens, Contemporary Gardens of New Zealand will take thoughts of garden design to a whole new level whether looking for ideas for a small courtyard or a much larger area.

RRP $65.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Converted Houses: New Zealand architecture recycled by Lucinda Diack with photography by Daniel Allen

Author: Diack, Lucinda

Have you ever seen an old schoolhouse, train station or church for sale and wonder how it could be transformed into a home? The owners of the houses in this book saw potential and were able not only to transform a building to be suitable for a new use, but in doing so have created splendid homes, while containing some of the original character.

Remodelling a disused grain store, dilapidated railway station, school dental clinic or abandoned factory into a comfortable living environment requires dedication, vision and hard work - characteristics shared by the owners of these unique homes. From the unlikeliest of beginnings, character filled spaces have emerged that imbue their owners' lives with a sense of history. Converted Houses showcases innovative examples of New Zealand's early architecture being recycled for modern living.

This book provides inspiration for others to also look for unusual solutions and maybe recycle a piece of New Zealand's heritage as their home. The text explains about the projects undertaken and the vision behind them, while the stunning photographs show the key elements of design (both original and adaptive). Some of the buildings have undergone transformations which make them barely recognisable while others have been in keeping with the original design and in some cases kept as much of the identity of the original use as possible, to make unique and interesting homes.

RRP $65.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Copper Top by Coral Atkinson

Author: Atkinson, Coral

Aisling Lynch, nicknamed Copper Top left Ireland in the 1860’s when her father died, to come to New Zealand and look for her brother and his friend. Tim and Rory had come to Hokitika searching for gold, but by the time Aisling arrived, they had moved on. In Hokitika, she met a woman who called herself Pearl and happened to be going to the same town as Tim and Rory were last seen, she also offers Aisling a job there, which Aisling takes despite it seeming a bit seedy and dishonest. When she realised how the men were being swindled by the owner of the hotel where she worked, Aisling wanted to leave but found that she had been conned too, into signing a contract that forced her to work there for at least six months. She also knew she couldn’t work a minute longer so even with the thought that she would be on the run from the police, she runs away, but she has a companion, a dog named nugget. While on the run, Aisling helps a woman who had just been bushwhacked while taking her gold to town and she remembers two Irish musicians and miners. Could Aisling finally have a solid lead to where Tim and Rory are? Will Aisling also find a way of making an honest living? In this junior fiction novel, Coral Atkinson shows readers what it must have been like for those who came to try their luck in the goldfields of the West Coast during the gold-rush. It is a world of mostly men and transient populations that move from settlement to settlement in search for gold. It is also a place where some rogues try their best to relieve the miners of their hard earned money. Into this world enters fifteen year old Aisling, straight from Ireland, without knowing anything about life in New Zealand and in search not only for her brother but also the man she loves. She encounters all sorts of characters that would have been typical to the coast in the 1860’s. Teachers’ resources are also available for this book at
Publisher: Dancing Tuatara
Distributed by Greene Phoenix Marketing

Corrag A Novel by Susan Fletcher

Author: Fletcher, Susan

This book is based on the events at Glencoe in Scotland. For those of you not familiar with them, on February 13th, 1692 The Campbell clan on orders from the English king massacred 38 members of the MacDonald clan at the clan’s traditional home. More Macdonalds fled into the snow and became lost or died from exposure. What made the massacre even more appalling was the fact that the Campbells had been at Glencoe sharing the hospitality of the Macdonalds and sheltering from the winter snow before the attack, which took place when the Macdonald clan were asleep.

In this novel, the title character, Corrag has been imprisoned forty miles to the south of Glencoe for her involvement in the massacre. She is accused of witchcraft and is awaiting her death sentence. Lonesome and cold, she tells her story to a man who visits her. It is a story of passion, courage, kindness and the magic of the natural world. By telling it, she transforms both their lives.

Susan Fletcher gives a different spin on the events from a viewpoint not told before. It is an epic novel about an epic event in Scottish history. An event that is still a sore point with some Scots. Her novel is not just about the tragedy and cruelty of a massacre though, Corrag is about deep and lasting friendships, how they can be made in the most unlikely places and of what difference a single heart can make.

RRP $32.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Count Worm by Roger Hargreaves

Author: Hargreaves, Roger

Count along with Count Worm!
Enjoy learning about numbers with some fun and flexible worms!

Reading Age: 1 – 4 years old
RRP: $19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Hachette (NZ)

Country Calendar Cookbook with Allyson Gofton

Author: Gofton, Allyson

The Country Calendar cookbook is a tribute to New Zealand and it's rural sector. Allyson Gofton has travelled to high country farms, fishing towns, orchards and beyond collecting treasured recipes handed down through generations of farmers. Allyson also adds her own trusted homestead classics and family favourites plus gives readers hints and tips from her years of experience to ensure each recipe will be a success.

The Country Calendar Cookbook is more than just a recipe collection however, and features engaging stories from the top rated television show. The stories like the recipes come from far and wide throughout New Zealand.

The Country Calendar cookbook includes some old family favourites and some recipes for those wanting to try something new. The stories meanwhile are as engaging and interesting in print as they are on TV making this a good read for both those who enjoy cooking and the television series.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Cowshed Christmas by Joy Cowley with illustrations by Gavin Bishop

Author: Cowley, Joy

All the farmyard animals, the jersey cow, the collie dog, bantam hens, sheep with lambs, ducks, kune kune pigs and even a ginger cat all go to the cowshed door. They all come bearing true kiwi gifts like a pavlova, a rugby ball, jandals and a kiwi toy. Each is for a very special person, the baby Jesus.

This is the Christmas story told not only with a New Zealand flavour but featuring animals of a farm, each bringing a distinctively New Zealand gift. It is a delightful book for young readers with repetitive text that could easily be sung, complimented by Gavin Bishop’s large pictures with things that young children can look for and identify.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: Random House New Zealand

Cowshed Springtime by Gavin Bishop

Author: Bishop, Gavin

The animals from Cowshed Christmas are back and here to help young readers learn to count as they gather to celebrate the birth of their babies! There is one foal, two calves, three puppies etc.

With the simple story and bright, bold, fun pictures it has been aimed at children between the ages of one and four. It also has some wonderful sounds that children between these ages will love to repeat. It contains a surprising amount of learning opportunities in such a simple, yet fun story.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: Random House New Zealand

Crabs & Crustaceans by Nigel Marsh

Author: Marsh, Nigel

Crabs are one of those common critters we often encounter at the beach or local jetty. Most people don t pay any attention to them, especially as they are quick to scuttle away and hide if you get too close. But did you know that the world s largest crab has legs that are wider than a car and that the smallest crab is no bigger than a pea?
Crabs are just one member of a fascinating bunch of creatures called the crustaceans. These incredible animals come in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes, and live in the oceans, rivers, lakes and even on land.Designed for the young reader, Crabs and Crustaceans will entertain and delight as readers discover what crustaceans are, how they live, how they grow, how they breathe, what they eat and what feeds on them.

Reading Age: 8 - 14 Years RRP: $24.99
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Cradle and All by James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

In Boston, a young woman finds herself pregnant--even though she is still a virgin.

In Ireland, another young woman discovers she is in the same impossible condition.

And in cities all around the world, medical authorities are overwhelmed by epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and worse. It all feels like a sign that something awful is coming.

Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, is hired by the Archdiocese of Boston to investigate the immaculate conceptions. Even as she comes to care about and trust the young women, she realizes that both are in great danger. Terrifying forces of light and darkness are gathering. Stepping into uncharted territory where the unknown is just the beginning, Anne must discover the truth--to save the young women, to save herself, and to protect the future of all mankind.

Reading age 18 years to Adult.
RRP: NZ$23.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Craft Smart by Laura Torres, Catherine Hirst, Michelle Powell, Danielle Lowry

Author: Torres, Laura Hirst, Catherine Powell, Michelle Lowry, Danielle

Unlock the inner artist in young readers with this fantastically creative book. Learn how to make jewellery, knit, craft with paper and create using recycled materials with 48 imaginative projects that will inspire and delight young people.

Craft Smart presents a fresh, imaginative approach to craft, covering four main areas – jewellery-making, knitting, papercraft and recycling. This book contains original projects to make using readily available materials. The projects have been carefully chosen to appeal to boys and girls. Each project is graded with a difficulty rating.

A special ‘techniques and materials’ section encourages children to try out their own creative ideas while learning valuable practical skills.
v Highly imaginative projects. includes ideas for alternative makes, inspiring children to put their own twist on projects.

Simple step-by-step instructions can be easily followed.

Beautiful photography showcases each final project.

Written by experienced crafters, bloggers and workshop teachers.

RRP: $24.99
Extent: 120 pages
Binding: Hardback
Age range: 6+

Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpartick

Author: Fitzpartick, Becca

Crescendo is the eagerly awaited sequel to the romantic thriller for teens, Hush Hush.

Nora should know better than to think her life can return to normal after falling in love with a fallen angel. Her life is still far from perfect and worse still, her own very special guardian angel is spending time with Nora’s arch enemy, Marcie Miller, testing their love and relationship.

Then an old Family friend, Scott Parnell moves back to town and Nora finds herself drawn to him, despite his infuriating attitude and her feeling that he is hiding something.

Then there is her father’s murder. The facts surrounding his death just don’t add up but she is determined to find the truth and to find out whether it has anything to do with her Nephilim bloodline. As she searches for answers, her life is in imminent danger. Are Nora and Patch strong enough to survive the peril and battle that lies ahead?

Those teenagers who loved the first book in the series will enjoy Crescendo.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Cross Justice: (Alex Cross 23)

Author: Patterson, James

The toughest cases are the ones that hit close to home.

When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he's ever known.

Chasing a ghost he believed was long dead, Cross gets pulled into a case that has local cops scratching their heads and needing his help: a grisly string of socialite murders. Now he's hot on the trail of both a brutal killer, and the truth about his own past – and the answers he finds might be fatal.

James Patterson
James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Confessions, and Maximum Ride series. James is the proud sponsor of the World Book Day Award and has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

Adult Fiction
Series: Alex Cross
Subject: Crime & Mystery
Author: James Patterson
RRP: $37.00
Publisher: Random House New Zealand

Cross the Line James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer...with a conscience.

Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city's police force scrambling for answers.

Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to investigate the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread – the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience, is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side.

As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he's sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $37.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Crossed by Ally Condie

Author: Condie, Ally

It is easy to tell from the cover that Crossed is a continuation of Matched. For those who don't remember what has happened so far, in matched we were introduced to 17 year old Cassia on the eve of her matching banquet. It is the future and a very dictatorial government controls everything including what jobs its citizens will do and who they will marry. The matching is all supposed to be done by a very sophisticated computer system, but when Cassia's turn comes there is a problem. Just for a second, someone else's face flickers on the screen rather than her intended match. It is the face of someone she can't marry, in fact someone who has been outcaste, Ky.

Cassia becomes obsessed with finding more about Ky and can't help wondering if there was actually no mistake and he really is her perfect match. She is also determined to find out the real truth about the society in which she lives.

Crossed picks up shortly after where Matched left off, with Cassia searching the unfamiliar Outer Provinces for the man she loves with some help from the man she is matched to. Ky was supposed to have been taken by society to his certain death, but he has escaped, leaving a trail of clues. Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, plus a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and to Cassia's heart - change the game once again.

This episode primarily focuses on Ky and Cassia. It also adds some new characters and new alliances while leaving some of those characters featuring in the first book without mention. One of these characters is Indie, a girl Cassia teams up with and who it is clear can't really be trusted. Unlike Matched, the narrative rotates between Cassia and Ky and includes flashbacks into Ky's past, which unfortunately makes the book rather hard to follow, as both narrative voices are so similar.

Unfortunately Crossed seems a bit pedestrian, although still more fast paced than Matched, which I forgave for having to set up a rather complicated and different world. Where the first noel gave real promise for a series about free will and fighting an inherently unfair system, Crossed doesn't live up to the promise. There is far too much poetry, storyline about longing to be with a lover, and not enough revealed about the society to really hold my interest. I hope the third book in the series will hold more of the promise of Matched and less of the almost contrived love story of Crossed.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Razorbill title

Crossfire by Dick Francis and Felix Francis

Author: Francis, Dick
Francis, Felix

Thomas Forsyth had been a captain in the British Army until an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan had seen him invalided out. The army had been his entire life to that point, and after his release from hospital he has nowhere to go and no idea of what to do with his life. As it is, he faces six months leave to go home, wherever that might be, as he has spent fifteen years living in army barracks, and even after that, the army might only take him back in a civilian capacity.

With no-where else to go, but with a determination to become fit for active service once again, Tom heads home to a mother he despises and a stepfather he hasn’t spoken to since he left home. When he arrives, he finds that he isn’t the only one with problems. His mother is a horse trainer and until recently a very successful one, but recently things have started to happen to change that. Tom witnesses a race where her prize horse and favourite finishes in last place, slowing to a walk when it crosses the finishing line, but that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Tom soon finds that training business is on the edge and facing a threat more dangerous than a run of bad form. He is on a very different battlefield, but the rules are the same, kill or be killed.

Crossfire is a gripping thriller from the master of suspense and intrigue. Dick Francis died in February this year, but this book along with three other collaborations shows his youngest son is ready to take up the mantle.

RRP $55.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Crush by Leigh Marsden

Author: Marsden, Leigh

It is feast or famine for Philippa, who returned from her OE to Glory Falls, the town she grew up in. She is being pursued by two men at once, Ben, a determined beekeeper who seems as nice as the honey he smells of and Andrew who has a dangerous air about him that makes him irresistible. Despite this, Philippa can't help but think of the crush she had ten years ago and the fact that he might be returning home.

Sean and Gill, Philippa's best friends help her as much as they can but have even deeper troubles of their own. Someone is threatening Sean with serious harm and Gills attempts to spice up her marriage could end up destroying it.

Glory Falls moves from the distinctly New Zealand setting of Leigh's books to a more international feel. It is set in a small town with a dark underbelly. The three main characters lives are interwoven into a compelling tale where love accompanies danger. Themes of infatuation, wanting a baby, homosexuality and sex definitely place the book in more of the adult side of Young Adult.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

D.E.S.I.G.N. by Ewa Solarz with illustrations by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski

Author: Solarz, Ewa

D.E.S.I.G.N. is a fascinating review of 69 of the most innovative household items of the past 150 years. Some are classic design, which have proved very popular, while others are just plain crazy.

The book is filled with icons of design by the most eminent designers in the world, from the 'Le Corbusier' chair by Philippe Starke to the 'Puddle Vase' by Aalto. Each one is wonderfully illustrated in cartoon form. Light and colourful descriptions on each item inform readers of the inspiration for these household items which double as pieces of art, while interesting anecdotes add to the entertainment value.

This is really a great book for any child over eight to start to uncover the world of art and design. It is easy and fun to read, while showing relationships between use, form and inspiration.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Daizy Star And The Pink Guitar by Cathy Cassidy

Author: Cassidy, Cathy

Daizy is quirky and cool, but has parents who keep turning her life upside down. In this, her second adventure, Daizy is ready to dazzle everyone with her brand new pink guitar. Maybe she will even find her star quality.

But just when everything seems to be so wonderful, her father comes up with another crazy idea set to turn her life upside down. He wants to swap their happy family life for one in Africa milking goats.

Daizy comes up with a clever plan. All she needs to do is win the Battle of the Bands. If she doesn’t, she can say goodbye to her friends, sleepovers, and worst of all custard doughnuts. Will she succeed?

Cathy Cassidy has a talent for writing books that girls love to read, with fun characters they can relate to and in a style that is hard to put down. You don’t need to read the previous Daisy Star book to enjoy this one either, and the quirky main character is likely to attract even more fans.

RRP $16.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Daizy Star Ooh La La by Cathy Cassidy

Author: Cassidy, Cathy

In this, the fourth book in the Daizy Star series, Daizy is still searching for a way to shine. Maybe a trip to France can help. Daizy is about to find out as her year six class trip is to Paris. It is also Daizy's last term before secondary school, something she is looking to with trepidation.

At least this once in a lifetime trip will provide an escape from her Dad's latest nutty job, dressed as a giant squirrel.

However, once in Paris with her classmates, Daizy becomes inspired. She is sure that she can make it as a famous artist, but is the art world ready for Daizy and does she have the star quality to achieve?

Fans of the series will find this yet another entertaining, humorous and enjoyable read. While Daizy has trouble finding her star quality, this book will prove to be a star with those who enjoy humorous diary style novels about eleven year olds in unusual situations.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Dappled Annie and the Tigrish by Mary McCallum

Author: McCallum, Mary

A beautifully written novel about nature, siblings, bravery, and a touch of something magical.

There are faces in the hedge at the end of the garden, and a nest of tiny fantails, and that's where 9-year-old Annie goes to play one hot summer while her father works up at the lighthouse.

One after another, an earthquake and a terrible wind leave Annie with losses that seem irreplaceable, and her little brother Robbie emerges as the only person who can help her find what she's lost.

Him and the tigrish.

Themes: nature; brother/siter; lighthouses; bravery and facing the unknown; imagination and wonder.

An adventurous and dramatic story combined with gentleness and strong characterisation.
Teaching notes available.

Country of origin: New Zealand
Age: 7-10
Size: 140pp

Publisher: Gecko Press

Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Author: King, Stephen

In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.

Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, THE GUNSLINGER leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

And the Tower is closer...

Adult fiction
RRP Paperback NZ$24.99
Reading Age: Adult
Publisher: Publisher Hachette

Dark Warning by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Author: Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise

Taney Tyrell has that gift, in fact she has had it since she was four. It is the gift to see things before they happen. She also knows she must keep her gift a secret. Her gift means that she has been teased and isolated by the children her age. Growing up she has also been left with many questions like why her father is so terrified of her gift and what happened to her mother.

She finds out that her mother had the same gift and learns how to use it to find things and read tealeaves. However her gift also has a darker side. It can give dark warnings.

When Taney meets Billy, an outsider just like her, she has finally found the first person she can be herself with. He is charming and attentive, but also mysterious. She shares her strange gift with him and starts for the first time to be proud of it. Billy however might have his own use for Taney's gift.

But then Taney starts to get visions of girls being attacked as they walk home alone at night. Then Billy starts to withdraw into himself. Taney needs to work out who she can trust, the best friend she has had or the visions that plague her dreams.

Taney is a wonderfully crafted character, lonely and wary of what maybe considered as both a gift and a curse. The lyrical Irish prose make it an enjoyable read, but unfortunately the mystery is not handled well, with both villain and twists rather obvious, spoiling what would otherwise be a great read for teenagers.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Orion Childrens title

Dark Water by Caro Ramsay

Author: Ramsay, Caro

When a body turns up in an empty apartment, it seems like someone has taken revenge for a bizarre rape and murder on the braes outside Glasgow many years earlier. The feelings are that the police let the murderer walk, but now the man they suspected has been found within a block of Partickhill Police Station, looking like someone is sending them a strong message. But then another victim turns up, the twin-sister of a famous socialite. She is alive but there are similarities between her attack and that of Emma so many years ago. The murderers accomplice was never found, could he be at work again?

The police station is under threat of closure and there is pressure to hand the case over to Partick Central, especially with the attack on the socialite’s sister being in their jurisdiction, but DCI Quinn is determined to keep the case, realising that the capture of the murderer may be the best way to save the station and keep her team together. If investigating officers DI Anderson and DS Costello are going to bring the crazed psychopath to justice, they will have to use every trick in the book. Meanwhile someone seems to be stalking Costello unobserved. Could the killer be closer than they think?

Dark Water is a moody, thrilling mystery with good character development and a complex plot. Caro Ramsay draws on the Scottish weather to add to the atmosphere and to make the job that much harder for the investigating team. This thriller has excellent twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing and making it a hard thriller to put down. The characters are believable and the subplots re also intriguing and engaging. It is an excellent thriller.

RRP $39.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Dashing Dog by Margaret Mahy with illustrations by Donovan Bixley

Author: Mahy, Margaret

Dashing dog looks dapper all preened and cleaned. He looks glorious, gallant and grandified. Then his antics on a walk to the beach ruin his grand image as he causes havoc and becomes more dishevelled in the process. Then when a baby falls into the sea he has a chance to restore his gallant image. Will his family be proud of him again?

Dashing Dog shows Margaret Mahy's ability to spin a yarn. It is a wonderful rhyme with some fantastic words that sound almost magical, making this a great book to read out loud. Donovan Bixley’s wonderfully detailed pictures help to capture the story and bring it to life for young readers. The detail in the images also make it a book that children will delight in revisiting.

Also helping to make this book and story more special is a CD that comes with the book. The CD is a recording of the story being told by Margaret Mahy herself and will engage readers in the way only she can.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe

Author: Lowe, Helen

The long-awaited 3rd instalment in the award-winning Wall of Night, David Gemmell series by NZ author Helen Lowe.

A failing wall, a broken shield . . . and an enemy that will exploit every weakness

Malian and Kalan are coming home, but already it may be too late. The Wall of Night, dangerously weakened by civil war among the Derai families that garrison it, is on the verge of failing. Everywhere their ancient enemy, the Darksworn, is on the move as the threads of an old pattern begin to tighten about Kalan, and Malian searches for answers in the fabled Shield of Heaven, which every account agrees was broken beyond repair.

In Grayharbor and in the Red Keep, a child and a young woman are caught in conflict's maw, as whispers gather around Dread Pass and a Darksworn prophecy points to Malian herself being the stake the ancient enemy will drive into the heart of the Derai Alliance.

Ages 13 yrs to Adult.
Paperback RRP:$21.99 or EBK RRP:$13.99
Publisher: Hachette

Day Walks of New Zealand by Marios Gavalas, Ian Trafford and Peter Jannsen

Author: Gavalas, Marios
Trafford, Ian
Janssen, Peter

Day Walks of New Zealand are guides intended for both New Zealanders and overseas tourists, basically anyone who is interested in exploring the excellent walking areas in Nelson, Marlborough, Northland and Greater Auckland. In these books, readers will find information on how to get to the start of each walk, the difficulty of the walk, the length of the walk in hours, the condition of the track and points of interest. These details are accompanied by notes on geography, climate, the history of Maori and European occupation, as well as handy maps.

In Day Walks of New Zealand: Nelson and Marlborough, Marios Gavalas teams up with Ian Trafford to give information on over 130 of the best short excursions in the region. Whether you complete one of the tracks within Nelson itself, want to walk in the Abel Tasman National Park, or plan a trip elsewhere in the region, you will be given all the information you need to plan your trip in concise form. The same goes for the book on Northland and Greater Auckland, for which Marios Gavalas has teamed up with Peter Jannsen to cover over 120 walks.

Both books make day walks accessible and feature walks that many locals might even not know about. The information given is concise and both books are in handy sizes to fit in a backpack pocket. I particularly like the way it is easy to find the estimated time it will take to walk the track and track notes making it easy to decide what tracks to do and which ones might be better suited for other people.

RRP $29.99 each
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Raupo title

Dead Or Alive by Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood

Author: Clancy, Tom
Blackwood, Grant

Dead or Alive sees a team of Clancy’s greatest characters waging an unofficial and highly effective campaign against the terrorists who threaten Western civilisation. Working at the Campus, a secret US counter-terrorism organisation, Jack Ryan Jr, John Clark, Ding Chavez and the latest recruits, brothers Brian and Dominick Caruso are on the trail of The Emir, a sadistic terrorist who has masterminded the world’s most vicious attacks. So far, The Emir has eluded capture by the world’s armed forces, but with the team at the Campus determined to capture The Emir, there is every hope he will be brought in dead or alive.

Time might be running out for the Campus though as the Emir is about to unleash his greatest devastation as he plans a single strike that will destroy the heart of America. On his trail, Jack Ryan Jr will follow his legendary father’s footsteps as the deadly manhunt takes him around the globe, into the shadowy arena of politics as he and his team try to save the Western world. It is the desperate search for a dangerous killer who may be hiding in plain sight.

This novel brings together 26 years of unforgettable characters in order to face Tom Clancy’s most challenging adversary yet. Any Tom Clancy fan or fan of thrillers about international terrorism will love the excitement and suspense of Dead or Alive.

RRP $60.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Deadly Beautiful by Liana Joy Christensen

Author: Christensen, Liana Joy

Humans have always had an ambivalent relationship with deadly animals. For most people they evoke fear and phobia, yet sometimes the real risks are not as bad as the public tend to think.

Deadly beautiful looks at some of the most feared and dangerous creatures on the planet. It contains the latest scientific information on them, presented in a clear and concise way. The book examines each creature's day-to-day existence, how they developed, evolved and how they use the weapons they have for defence, making love and hunting.

You will also find accounts of close encounters that people have had with these animals from the good to bad and downright bizarre. The book also contains realistic risk assessments with a touch of humour.

The book is divided into chapters covering more than one species and each chapter opens with a beautiful but small illustration. It is written in a style that doesn't just present facts but makes the facts accessible to those who love a good story. It is an interesting and informative read.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Exisle Publishing

Dear Vincent by Mandy Hager

Author: Hager, Mandy

A page-turning story of an Irish Catholic family dealing with loss, grief, the inexplicable dark skeletons that have the power to tear families asunder, all seen through the eyes of a vulnerable teenage girl who finds solace in painting and re-interpreting Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings.

Mandy Hager not only sheds light on the social taboo of suicide, but shows that indeed it can be darkest before dawn. Light however, can be found in some of the characters who have suffered the most.

RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Random House Publishing

Death Wears A Beauty Mask and other stories by Mary Higgins Clark

Author: Higgins Clark, Mary

A collection of Mary's Higgins Clark's acclaimed short stories with her most famous unfinished story finally completed. This book gives the reader the chance to revisit the short story highlights from the prolific Queen of Suspense. As a grand finale to this collection of previously published hits comes a brand-new novella showcasing the dazzling and dangerous world of high fashion in1970s New York City.

Men and women alike enjoy the danger and suspense in the writings of Mary Higgins Clark and if you love suspense or know someone who does then grab a copy of this exciting collection of stories.

Adult fiction/thriller
RRP: 34.99 paperback

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

Join Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane as they do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team up to prevent the apocalypse.
Contains the short stories The Son of Sobek, The Staff of Serapis and The Crown of Ptolemy, together in one volume for the first time.
Plus, read an exciting extract from The Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan's latest series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

Reading Age: 9 – 14
RRP: $24.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse (NZ)

Desert by J M G LeClezio

Author: LeClezio, J M G

Young Nour is a North African desert tribesman. It is 1909, and the First World War looms on the horizon. Nour’s tribe is forced from its lands by French colonial invaders. Driven by thirst and hunger, they are guided by their spiritual leader, who sends them further and further northward in the hope of finding a land where they can be free.

Decades later, Lalla, a descendant of the tribe known as the ‘Blue Men’ is living in a shantytown in Morocco and makes a bid to escape her forced marriage. She goes on her own epic journey to Marseilles and through the hardship of being a hotel maid. In her own life she shows she has inherited some of the traits of the men who made the original epic journey.

Desert is a powerful and moving story of the ‘last free men’ and of Europe’s colonial legacy. It is also a story of war, exile and the endurance of human spirit.

RRP $38.99
Publisher: Allen and Unwin under the Atlantic Books title

Detective Gordon: A Case In Any Case

Author: Nilsson, Ulf

Illustrator: Gitte Spee

A stand-alone story in the warm and funny bestselling series about philosopher detective Gordon and his clever assistant Buffy.

Gordon is on vacation, and Buffy is the sole detective at the small police station in the forest. It is not easy for a police officer to be alone. Especially when there are strange noises outside the station at night. Buffy decides to seek out Gordon in his little cottage by the lake to ask for help. After all, two police think twice as well as one. Two police are twice as brave!

RRP: $19.99
Reader Age 6-8 years
Publisher: Gecko Press

Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case by Ulf Nilsson

Author: Nilsson, Ulf

Illustrator: Gitte Spee

A warm and funny illustrated chapter book about doing the right thing - and eating little cakes.
Something is going on in the forest. The animals are troubled. But no one dares make a statement to the police. Detective Gordon and his assistant Buffy must investigate!

It is a complicated case. The two police officers split the workload: Buffy questions the suspects, while Gordon stays in bed to think. Who is the culprit?
For Ages 7 - 9
$19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Gecko Press

Detective Gordon: The First Case

Author: Nilsson, Ulf

Illustrator: Gitte Spee

A brilliant detective story by one of Sweden’s top children’s writers and illustrated in full colour throughout. A book to read alone or aloud!

Someone’s stealing nuts from the forest, and it’s up to Detective Gordon to catch the thief!

Unfortunately, solving this crime means standing in the snow and waiting for a long time… If only he had an assistant - someone small, fast, and clever - to help solve this terrible case. Then Detective Gordon would be able to go back to doing what he’s best at: thinking, eating cakes, drinking tea, and stamping important papers.

RRP: $19.99
Reader Age 6-8 years
Publisher: Gecko Press

Detonator: (Nick Stone Thriller 17)

Author: McNabb, Andy

Ex-deniable operator Nick Stone has spent a lifetime in harm's way - but when someone he cares for very deeply is murdered in cold blood, he can no longer just take the pain.

A high-level internecine conflict at the dark heart of the resurgent Russian Empire and an assassin's bullet on an isolated Alpine pass propel him from an apparently run-of-the-mill close-protection task into his most brutal and challenging mission yet.

As the body count increases, Stone becomes one of Europe's Most Wanted. He must evade the elite police forces of three nations in his pursuit of faceless men who trade in human misery, and a lone wolf terrorist who threatens to unleash the Western World's worst nightmare.

Vengeance of the most explosive kind is top of Stone's agenda. The fuse has been ignited - but who really holds the detonator?

Andy McNab
From the day he was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy's Hospital in London, Andy McNab has led an extraordinary life.

As a teenage delinquent, Andy McNab kicked against society. As a young soldier he waged war against the IRA in the streets and fields of South Armagh. As a member of 22 SAS he was at the centre of covert operations for nine years – on five continents. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'.

Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS.

Since then Andy McNab has become one of the world's bestselling writers, drawing on his insider knowledge and experience. As well as three nonfiction bestsellers including Bravo Two Zero, the bestselling British work of military history, he is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone and Tom Buckingham thrillers. He has also written a number of books for children.

Type: Adult Fiction
Author: Andy McNabb
RRP: $37.00
Publisher: Random House New Zealand

Devil's Gate by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

Author: Cussler, Clive
Brown, Graham

A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores- when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster- when their boat explodes. What is happening in that part of the world?

As Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginably audacious plan to extort the world's major nations. What is their penalty for refusal? The destruction of their greatest cities.

Filled with the high-stakes suspense and boundless invention unique to Cussler, Devil's Gate is one of the most thrilling novels yet from the grand master of adventure.

Devil's Gate is a typically Cussler fast paced and improbable adventure where Austin and the team of NUMA battle against high tech weapons and an enemy intent on world domination. It is an adventure that is hard to put down and shows why Cussler is so popular.

RRP $45.00
Publisher: Penguin group under the Michael Joseph title

Dewey There's A Cat In The Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter with illustrations by Steve James

Author: Myron, Vicki
Witter, Bret

Dewey is based on the true story of a cat found in a library return box in the US. Dewey is a cat with a big heart, but when he is found in the book-drop slot of the library on the coldest night of the year, he is just a tiny and very dirty kitten. Vicky, the librarian makes a home for him in the library, and in turn Dewey decides to be the best library cat he can be, but what does a library cat do?

He soon finds that a library cat doesn’t just play games and make a mess. Dewey also loves people but finds that the littlest ones like to chase him, pull his tail and squeeze him tightly. He finds that the library is a wonderful place and by trying to help people, he makes this library even more wonderful.

Dewey A Cat In The Library is a story of a cat sharing its love, told with good humour and wonderful illustrations that bring the story even more vividly to life. The bold, bright and detailed pictures are great for children to see if the book is being read to a class, and it is a good book for reading to a class. There are characters that children can relate to, and good messages about kindness and helping others.

RRP $28.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Dewey: The True Story of a World Famous Library Cat by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

Author: Myron, Vicki
Witter, Bret

At only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, a kitten was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spenser Public Library. The next morning, librarian Vicky Myron found him and nursed him back to health, deciding there and then that he would become the library mascot. And started to call him Dewey. There was still no guarantee though that the local council or the townsfolk would agree that having a cat in the library was a good idea, nor was there any guarantee that Dewey would make a good library cat.

Dewey has the ability to charm everyone he meets though and soon all concerns are put aside as Dewey learns to love his new home and spends each day spreading his own special brand of love to those who enter the library and winning the hearts of everyone around him.

Dewey is the heart warming story of a library cat who inspires the lives of those around him as well as people around the world.

Some of you will note that I have already reviewed a book about this cat by the same authors. This one has been written for older readers (in the seven to twelve age group) and gives a more detailed account of Dewey’s antics as he comes to love his new home. It also tells of some of the problems faced and overcome with having a cat in a library.

Anyone who loves true stories of animals or loves a heart-warming read will enjoy this story about a very likeable cat. It would be extremely hard not to be touched by the story of Dewey, the librarians who saved him and the love he gave in return.

RRP $28.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Getway by Jeff Kinney

Author: Kinney, Jeff

Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sunburn, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

Reading Age – 8 to 13 years.
RRP: Paperback NZ$17.99
Hardback – NZ$23.00
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse NZ

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

Author: Kinney, Jeff

For those Wimpy Kid fans who may have been disappointed that the last book required them to do the work themselves, they will be pleased to see that in Cabin Fever Jeff is back on form and Greg Heffley has returned.

In Cabin Fever, Greg finds he suddenly has a need to earn money after getting hooked on an Internet game. He needs the money to buy his virtual pet things to keep him happy, but how can he do it when he only usually gets money for Christmas and his birthday?

The results as usual are very funny and ultimately see Greg trying to hold an alternative to the school bazaar, in trouble for putting graffiti on a school wall (for which he was actually falsely accused as he was actually trying to clean it off), and stuck at home due to a large snowstorm. At least the police can't arrest him until the snow melts. It is a rollicking read for Wimpy kid fans and anyone else who enjoys a good laugh at the misfortune of others. The book also shows the need to think things through thoroughly before acting on what at first might seem a good idea.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Author: Kinney, Jeff

In this, the latest book in the humorous Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series, it is the summer holidays. The weather is great and all the kids are having fun outside. All that is except Greg Heffey who is inside his house playing video games with the curtains drawn.

Greg is a self confessed ‘indoor person’ and is living out his ultimate summer fantasy: on responsibilities and no rules. Greg might think it is great, but his mother has different ideas. She wants the holidays to be packed with outdoor activities and family togetherness.

Written like a hand written diary interspersed with simple illustrations, it is an entertaining and very funny read. The pictures, although simple add to the story and sometimes tell more of the story than Greg’s self-censored writing, while at other times illustrate a point. It is a book that boys will especially relate to and enjoy.

RRP $16.95
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

Author: Kinney, Jeff

Although the colour of this volume may be the same as the DIY version, fans will be pleased to know that this is yet another hilarious book in the Wimpy Kid series written by Jeff Kinney, where readers only provide the laughter. In The Third Wheel, Greg reminisces on his early childhood, makes comparisons with Manny's and finds out what his mother is still doing wrong before trying to get a date for the school's Valentines Day dance.

It seems to Greg like everyone has someone they can ask except him. The only consolation is that his friend Rowley doesn't seem to have a partner either. As you would expect, Greg's plans do not go well, even when he receives help from his uncle, who has been married four times.

Finally there is an opportunity for him to go with a girl, but it might just mean taking Rowley along too. Who will be the odd man out? Anything can happen in one night, and you never know who will be lucky in love.

Fans of the Wimpy Kid will love this latest episode and the unusual twists.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

Author: Kinney, Jeff

This is the latest in the series of very funny Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and sees Greg reaching puberty, with all the problems that causes like the pressures of boy-girl parties, classes and books on the subject not to mention a mother who writes about it in a newspaper column. Added to this, Greg has lost his best friend, and his mother has gone back to university to study, meaning that Greg has more responsibility. He even has to wake himself up in the morning.

Greg has to cope with many changes in his life and the lives of those around him. As usual the consequences are hilarious, and when everything seems to be going right for him, something will come along to spoil it. The characters and events are something that boys can relate to. If you haven’t read the rest of the Wimpy Kid books or have only seen the movie, it doesn’t matter as they are written in such a way that it is fairly easy to pick up the story. Those who enjoyed the previous titles will also love this book.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Did You Hear a Monster?

Author: McGrath, Raymond

By Raymond McGrath

Clarice Caroline is not exactly a brave little girl.

In fact, Clarice Caroline is a little frightened of . . . EVERYTHING!

So she always wears her helmet (just in case).

So WHY is Clarice Caroline out of bed in the middle of the night, to investigate a bump and a THUMP?

This is a story filled with charming suspense, dealing with fear of the dark and with a surprise twist at the end. It Includes a bonus CD with three songs performed by The Little Critters, plus a read-along version of the story. A music video is also bring created in time for the book's release. It is a companion title to It's Not a Monster, It's Me! and the 2015 Storylines Notable Book Award -winning Have You Seen a Monster?

Reading Age: 2 - 5 years
RRP: $19.99 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand


Author: Lim, Nadia

Fresh, seasonal dinners the whole family will love.

Dinnertime Goodness delivers more than 85 nourishing and delicious dinners from Nadia Lim and the My Food Bag team. These are meals the whole family will enjoy, selected from My Food Bag Foodies’ favourite recipes. Tasty, quick and healthy, they use the freshest seasonal ingredients and make the most of New Zealand-grown produce, meat and fish. Together with speedy weeknight dinners and restaurant-quality meals, you’ll find inspiring vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options complete with detailed nutritional analysis. Packed with delicious, achievable, satisfying recipes, this book promises to become an indispensable companion in the kitchen.

RRP $45.00
Publisher: Penguin (NZ Adult)

Dinosaurs Galore written and illustrated by Masayuke Sebe

Author: Sebe, Masayuke

Dinosaurs Galore is a collection of puzzles and games for children featuring bright, colourful cartoon dinosaurs of every size and shape. Some of the puzzles are harder than others but they will all help young readers to develop observation skills.

Children who enjoy searching for hidden animals, matching species, reading coded messages, finding their way through mazes and spotting differences will particularly love this book. There is very little text (just giving instructions on how to solve each puzzle or game) and it is in large format to make it easy for little ones to read and understand.

RRP $19.99 (paperback) or $32.99 (hardcover)
Publisher: Gecko Press

Discovering New Zealand Birds by Sandra Morris

Author: Morris, Sandra

Reinvented after its first publication in easily comprehensible English, this book details fourteen of New Zealand’s native, endangered and more unusual birdlife.

Discovering New Zealand Birds includes Maori names for some of the birdlife and quirky, interesting stories and legends.

Wonderfully illustrated, very informative, for younger to intermediate-aged children, this book should help explain the message of conservation of our native fauna.

Kiwi author/illustrator Sandra Morris makes it easy and fun to learn about these indigenous birds.

RRP: $18
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Disney Alice In Wonderland

Author: Disney

This is the book of the movie, and for those of you that don’t know, the movie differs from the original Lewis Carroll book as it is set when Alice is nineteen and accidentally returns to Underland (which is misheard by Alice to be ’Wonderland’), the place she went to in her childhood. When she returns she is told she is the only one who can slay Jabberwocky, a dragon like creature controlled by the tyrannical and evil Red Queen.

Jabberwocky is the creature that keeps the Red Queen in power, without it, her sister the White Queen and the inhabitants of Underworld would surely rise against her. Both the Red Queen and her Jabberwocky terrorise the inhabitants of Underworld and she is not about to let her reign go. She finds out of Alice’s destiny and is determined to stop her. But Alice also has friends, can they help her and can she free Underworld from the terrible reign of the Red Queen?

The book (and movie) is an extension of Carroll’s books ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through The Looking Glass’ although disappointingly while saying the book is based on Tim Burton’s film and Linda Woolverton’s screenplay, there is no mention on these two books from which the setting and characters are drawn. This may be because Burton sees his film as neither a sequel nor re-imagining of the previous films. He does none-the-less though use characters and places Lewis Carroll created. This book is a lot darker than the original books by Carroll and obviously intended for an older audience, but to me still does have the feel as an attempt at a sequel. Alice no-longer is just an observer but interacts with the characters and has a dangerous task to complete.

RRP $16.95
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Don't Cross the Line by Isabel Martins and Bernardo Carvalho

Author: Martins, Isabel
Carvalho, Bernardo

A "crazy outcome" picture book with an interesting twist in the page design.

The guard always follows the general’s orders without question. This time, the order is that no one must cross the line. The right-hand page of this book must be kept blank for the general.

As the crowd builds up on the border, the guard is under pressure. If no one is allowed onto the next page, what will happen to the story?

Reading Age: 5 -7
RRP: $29.99 Hardcover
Publisher: Gecko Press

Donnel's Promise by Anna Mackenzie

Author: Mackenzie, Anna

Donnel's Promise is the Stunning sequel to Cattra's Legacy.

In Donnel's Promise, Risha takes up her mother's legacy, and travels to Havre, where she finds a stifling world of court gossip and intrigue and an entrenched resistance to her involvement in the Duchy's politics. Missing the freedoms of her former home of LeMarc, she embarks on a tour of western Havre with her mother's cousin, Ciaran, and the Havrean Captain, Nolan. The party is ambushed, revealing the existence, if not the identity, of a traitor in the city.

If she is to save Elgard from civil war Risha must come to terms with Cattra's Legacy and find a way to balance the debts of the past with the price of the future. Muir can help her, if she'll let him and if he can reach her in time.

Risha must decide what matters most, a promise made by her father or a future of her own choosing.
Publisher: Longacre Press
Penguine Random House NZ

Dork Diaries - Puppy Love

Author: Russell, Rachel Renee

Rachel Renee Russell has created for girls what Jeff Kinney did for boys with The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


Operation: PAWS!

Nikki’s Mission: Hide 7 puppies from 2 parents, an entire school and 1 mean girl out for revenge!

When the animal shelter that Brandon volunteers at (how cute is he?) is too full to take a litter of abandoned puppies Nikki decides to look after them until the shelter has more room. Simple, right?

Her parents won’t allow dogs in the house, so Nikki has to hide the pups at home and take them to school in secret…but the dogs are a lot harder work than they look and even messier. Is Nikki’s plan going to end in a painfully dorky disaster?

For Ages 7 – 11 & especially appealing to girls.
RRP: Paperback NZ $19.99
eBook: NZ $10.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Dork Diaries 1 - Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

Author: Russell, Rachel Renée

Re-released updated edition of Book 1.
By Rachel Renée Russell

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s antics - and the immediate clashes with mean girl Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition.

For Ages: 9 - 13
RRP: $9.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Dork diaries – Crush Catastrophe by Rachel Renee Russell

Author: Russell, Rachel Renee

Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the twelfth instalment of this bestselling series! Now with over 30 million copies in print worldwide!

For Ages: 9 – 99 RRP: NZ$22.99
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia

Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever by Rachel Rene Russell

Author: Russell, Rachel Rene

Nikki is spending a week at North Hampton Hills as part of the school transfer programme. The good news is that NHH is super-cool and preppy. The bad news is that Nikki's nemesis MacKenzie started there two weeks ago!

But, faced with NHH queen bee Tiffany, who takes meanness to a whole new level, Nikki might need to work WITH Mackenzie overcome their differences and become BFFS . . . Best Frenemies Forever?!

Reading Age: Children's Fiction
RRP: $16.99 paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Dork Diaries: Holiday Heartbreak by Rachel Renee Russell

Author: Russell, Rachel Renee

Nikki Maxwell's love life looks like it is improving. She has had a crush on Brandon forever but now he has asked her on an almost-date. But then Brandon starts acting weirdly and Nikki is worried that he doesn't like her at all.

Then there is a special dance on the horizon where girls ask the boys to partner them. Nikki wants to ask Brandon, but what will he say? And what if he says no? Will Nikki ever get the courage to ask him or will she stay home like a true dork-arella?

Even though there have been other Dork diaries books written, this is actually the first one I have seen and the first impression I had was that it looked like a copy of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. When I opened the book, my opinion didn't change. It is written in the same daily journal format in fake handwriting type on lined paper plus features a mix of line drawings and cartoons to illustrate points in the story. Like the series by Jeff Kinney, nothing ever goes as planned for the main protaganist. There are also cringe moments and even a young sibling requiring babysitting - in this novel it is a baby sister called Brianna.

There are differences however. For a start this one is written about a girl (called Nikki Maxwell and secondly it has a more gossipy feel to it. There are also more references to personal hygiene than in the other series and less unexpected laughs as more often you know what is going to go wrong long before the protaganist finds out.

Maybe it is because I am a fan of the other series, or maybe it is because I am not a young teenage girl, but the biggest problem for me was that I didn't find this book that funny. However if you are over nine, and want a humourous story about growing up, starting to date and trying to impress the opposite sex while circumstances seem to conspire against you from a female perspective, or if you have read and enjoyed the previous five Dork Diaries novels, you will possibly enjoy this one.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster

Dot Robot: Atomic Swarm by Jason Bradbury

Author: Bradbury, Jason

Young Jackson Farley is a digital genius. He and three other geniuses; Brooke and the Kojima twins, he worked on a top secret robot defence force called MeX, which was dissolved after the death of it’s creator. After discovering what billionaire Devlin Lear had planned for the project, Jackson and the rest of the team exposed him for the criminal he was.

Now Jackson has moved to America on a robotics scholarship to MIT, which also brings him closer to Brook. Brooke wants to use the robots they created to help people, while Jackson wants to put a line under the whole affair and go back to normal things like online gaming to earn money while playing bullet chess.

Then an explosion at the nuclear reactor on campus changes everything. Jackson and his fellow gamers are highly suspicious. The attack bears the hallmark of the maniacal billionaire and his rogue robots, but how can that be? Devlin Lear is dead, isn’t he? Could he be alive and could this be just the start of another terrifying master plan to steal millions of dollars?

Right from the start, readers will be drawn into this fantastic adventure whether they have read Dot Robot or not. Enough information on the previous episode is given for readers to enjoy this book and fully understand what happened before without reading the previous book in the series. The book will be particularly enjoyed by those who love new technology, fast paced excitement and stories of rogue robots.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Author: Kinney, Jeff

The pressure's really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mum thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his "creative side."

As if that's not scary enough, Halloween's just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.

When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie ... And will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg's troubles?

Reading Age: 8 to 11
RRP: $17.99 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Dragon Island

Author: Baynton, Martin

By Martin Baynton
Dragon Island children's story gets interactive on iPad - Anti-bullying message brought to life for digital generation.

Dragon Island, the new children's book from internationally acclaimed author Martin Baynton, is now available as an interactive story exclusively on iPad.

Aimed at 3-7 year olds, Dragon Island is a collaboration between father and daughter writer and illustrator Martin Baynton (Jane and the Dragon, The WotWots) and Terri Baynton (Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum) that deals with the difficult issue of saying no to violence. It is a tale of courage and conviction that parents and children can use to talk about aggressive behaviour in a way that is child-centric, life-affirming and engaging.

The book's positive 'make not break' anti-bullying message is now brought to life in a unique way through a child-friendly user interface bursting with interactive features. Auckland experiential book publisher KIWA has created animations and sounds for each illustration as well as interactive features like swipe-to-read, touch-to-hear, touch-to-spell and read-to-me and read-it-myself options.

Teachers, parents and children can customise Dragon Island by colouring in the pictures with a Paint Mode that includes a palette, adjustable brush width, and move, zoom and undo abilities.

"The life messages of Dragon Island about having the courage to remain true to yourself are timeless but how they are presented need to be relevant to the iPad generation," says Martin. "The interactive features in the new iPad version give more options to parents and teachers when talking with young children about how to deal with bullying and saying no to violence."

Dragon Island Book App is now available on iPad (iOS 7+) for $4.99 go now to purchase and download, educational discount applies, for information contact
Publisher: KIWA Digital

Dreams Of Warriors by Susan Brocker

Author: Brocker, Susan

Featherston during the Second World War is a tough and bleak place for fourteen year old Bella. Her father is away fighting overseas, while his family fight to save their farm from ruin and keep his dreams alive. Bella, her mother and older sister have to cope with a herd of dairy cows, an unscrupulous neighbour who wants the farm, and a crazy, bad tempered racehorse named Gipsy. Bella is terrified of the horse and doesn’t know where to turn. When help is offered, will she accept it or will Gipsy destroy her father’s dreams?

Many New Zealand children are possibly not even aware that there was a Japanese POW camp in New Zealand, but Susan got the inspiration for this story from a haiku on the plaque that commemorates the site of the POW camp near Featherston. She thought of those on both sides who left family at home to keep their dreams alive while they fought in the war (or were held prisoner by the enemy in strange and far off lands). In this story the horse is a symbol of those dreams. Whether those dreams will become reality or fail rests on the shoulders of a determined and brave young girl.

As has become Susan Brocker’s trademark, this story is well researched and teaches readers something about New Zealand, while providing an exciting and gripping novel.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Driven to Distraction

Author: Clarkson, Jeremy

If you are a fan of Top Gear or a motoring enthusiast, there is probably only one book you are wanting this Christmas and this is it. For those of you who don’t know, Jeremy Clarkson reviews cars like no-one else. And while he is at it, Clarkson will tell readers what is wrong with the world, global warming and roading policies. In fact in some cases some cars barely get a mention, which in all reality is perhaps all they deserve.

Clarkson is not one of those reporters that look at each car with rose coloured glasses because some PR person had the decency to lend it to him for the week or fly him somewhere exotic for a test drive. He speaks his mind and lets readers know not only which are the best cars he has driven but which are also the worst. He is a man who can find fault in everything and when your job is reviewing what the automotive world has to offer, it is a good thing as it lets potential buyers know what they are in for. He is also very funny, which makes for highly entertaining reading.

It offers some light hearted entertainment, sound advice and un-pc comments as he takes a unique look at the joys, absurdities and frustrations of modern life.

Unlike other Clarkson books I have read however, this is not just filled with his road test articles that appeared in the Sunday Times, the second part of the book contains articles that don’t feature cars at all, like a holiday in Mykonos, eating out in Birmingham, destroying boats and marinas in a boat or visiting Baghdad to act like a war correspondent until the real ones arrived. And on that bombshell, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good laugh.

RRP $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

DUCK FEET & NEVER TUG A TIGER'S TAIL by New Zealand Author Jill Eggleton

Author: Eggleton, Jill

Enhance children’s love of language and reading this Christmas!

Enter the magical world of JillE Poetry, where rhymes and rhythms come to life. With a touch of the ridiculous.

Award-winning author and educator, Jill Eggleton shares her love of poetry with two fun new collections: Never Tug a Tiger’s Tail and Duck Feet. Each book comes with a bonus CD, featuring Jill reading her books in a lively and entertaining way.

Drawing on many years’ experience in education, Jill knows that poetry’s rhymes and rhythms attract young children and helps them to develop a love of language. These elements also extend and enrich children’s vocabulary.

Looking to the natural world for inspiration, Jill’s poems fuel children’s imaginations, transforming bedtime reading into laugh-out-loud hilarity. The impactful illustrations that accompany each poem, captivate and enhance the narrative.

The 2015 recipient of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for lifetime achievement and an outstanding contribution to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy, Jill is passionate about encouraging children to love language and reading.

Ages: 4-7
RRP: $24.99
Imprint: JillE Poetry
Publisher: Global Ed

Dunger by Joy Cowley

Author: Cowley, Joy

Written by one of of New Zealand's most well-renowned authors the book Dunger is a story about 14 year-old Melissa and her 11 year-old brother Will.

Set in present-day New Zealand, the siblings are promised a trip to Queenstown for the summer, until their parents Alastair and Alice decide otherwise. Soon the siblings are off to the Sounds to their paternal grandparents holiday bach.

What ensues afterwards can only be described as a lesson in living off the land, without power or cell-phone coverage, a complete anathema to any modern teenager. But when a life hangs in the balance, the life lessons taught over the time they spend there comes in handy.

I would highly recommend this book for any school library and for 10 to 14 years an enjoyable read.

RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

DUNSTAN by Conn Iggulden

Author: Iggulden, Conn

From acclaimed historical writer Conn Iggulden comes a novel set in the red-blooded days of Anglo-Saxon England. Welcome to the original game for the English throne.
The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. Each vies for land and power. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a spear into the north.
As would-be kings line up to claim the throne, one man stands in their way.

Dunstan, a fatherless child raised by monks on the moors of Glastonbury Tor, has learned that real power comes not from God, but from discovering one's true place on Earth. Fearless in pursuit of his own interests, his ambition will take him from the courts of princes to the fields of battle, from exile to exaltation.

For if you cannot be born a king, or made a king, you can still anoint a king.

Under Dunstan's hand, England may come together as one country - or fall apart in anarchy . . . From Conn Iggulden, one of our finest historical writers, Dunstan is an intimate portrait of a priest and murderer, liar and visionary, traitor and kingmaker - the man who changed the fate of England.

18 years to Adult
RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin

Duty and Honour by Grant Blackwood

Author: Blackwood, Grant

Covert operative Jack Ryan Jr is enjoying some well-earned R&R when an attempt is made on his life. He survives, only to learn that another assassination attempt on his life is imminent. Jack sets out to find out who wants him dead, and why.
Using clues left by his would-be assassin, Jack follows a trail that leads through France and Switzerland to Rostock, a shadowy security firm based in Germany. Jack knows its head, Jurgen Rostock, from a previous operation – one that has apparently drawn the man’s fury.
Without the resources of The Campus – the elite agency from which he is on a leave-of-absence – but with the help of an investigative journalist, Jack embarks on his own secret campaign to uncover the truth about Rostock. And what he finds is that they are up to something as sinister as it is ambitious.
But what can one man do against all Rostock’s might?
The world is about to find out. Praise for Tom Clancy

Reading Age: Adult fiction
RRP: $37.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Duty Calls: Dunkirk by James Holland

Author: Holland, James

It is Friday 24th May, 1940 and Private Johnny Hawke, aged sixteen, awakens to artillery fire. Hours later, Stukas scream down from the sky. Messerschmit fighters roar towards his regiment. Trucks burst into flames. Now men and mules lay dead and dying, severed limbs twisted grotesquely as blood soaks the cobbled streets.

Young Private Hawke just wants to do his duty and serve his country. But as he - and his fellow soldiers - prepare to stop the German advance, there's only one question on everyone's lips - how will they survive?

Duty Calls: Dunkirk gives a vivid and personal account of one of the Allied Forces earliest and greatest defeats of the Second World War. Most of the talk around Dunkirk centres around the heroic efforts of private and commercial boats in rescuing the British Expeditionary Force from the port, with little being said on the harrowing journey the BEF had to make to get to it in the first place. This book is different; it follows the journey the soldiers make from Flanders to Dunkirk. It is a memorable tale, placing readers into the horror and uncertainty of the early days of the Second World War.

RRP $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Earth Dragon Fire Hare by Ken Catran

Author: Catran, Ken

In Earth Dragon, Fire Hare, Ken Catran writes about an often-overlooked war, the Malayan Emergency in 1948. The story follows the parallel lives of Ng, a young Chinese Malayan, and Peter, a New Zealand soldier, in the years leading up to and during the little-known and long-forgotten Malayan Emergency (later known as the Communist Insurgency War), when Britain and her Allies attempted to rid Malaya of Communism.

It starts in 1942 when Malaya is under the boot of Japanese occupation and ironically Malayan communists are being supplied by the British to fight the Japanese since only six years later the British are trying to stop the communists taking over Malaya.

In Chinese Astrology, Ng is Earth Dragon and Peter is Fire Hare. Growing up on either side of the political line, the book jumps between the lives of the two soldiers as they fight for the ideals of their countries. Bound together as natural partners under their Chinese horoscope birth signs, Ng and Peter are fated to meet in battle and become unlikely comrades.

This novel is written in three parts, which are linked well. The narrative also makes good distinctions between the two narration voices however the narration is written as if it is a film and while plenty of action will grab the attention of many teenage boys who read it, some parts of the book seem a bit contrived or a bit forced.

What Ken does superbly though is highlight a forgotten war objectively without judgement and without the urge to either promote British colonialism or communist ideals. It is a great read for anyone wanting to know a little about the Malayan Emergency, a good place to start when learning about this conflict, and an action packed tale for any young adults who enjoy war stories. It is just a pity that a couple of points stop it from being a great book.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Easy by Tammara Webber

Author: Webber, Tammara

Lucas has been watching Jacqueline for ages but never knew her, until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her saviour. The attraction between them is undeniable. Yet the past he has worked so hard to overcome, and the future she has put so much faith in, threaten to tear them apart.

Only together can they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth-and find the unexpected power of love, but can Jacqueline trust Lucas?

Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

Easy might seem from the size and way that it was written that it is aimed more at the teen market, but the graphic nature in which a rape scene is described in the first chapter would suggest otherwise. It is actually a novel that could be described as being for 'mature teens'. Its setting in a US university would also tend to confirm that this novel will appeal more to those about to leave secondary school or who are already going to varsity.

It could be easy to make several puns about the name of the book and how much effort it took to write, but these wouldn't do it justice because Easy is actually an enjoyable novel that almost instantly has readers intrigued and captivated by the story. The story also can be seen as a social commentary on how families, friends and society reacts when they learn that a girl has been attacked or there has been a potential sexual assault. It is a novel that tugs at the emotions and also has some very disturbing scenes (which might make it inappropriate for a school library bookshelf).

It is however a powerful read, with love, humour, sadness, angst and humour. This novel is a great crossover between young adult and adult. The main characters are believable and grow throughout the book. Like us all, they also don't always make smart relationship decisions, which makes it all the more readable.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Razorbill title

Easy Rider: A Kiwi's Guide to Cycling by Jon Bridges

Author: Bridges, Jon

The aim of this book is clearly to get more kiwis riding bikes, whether for fun, transport or sport. There is handy advice on riding on the road, covering not only the basics but also the dangers and hazards facing riders plus the perils of riding on a footpath (which is also illegal).

Another good chapter contains all the cycle choices available today and helps readers find the perfect bike for them. This chapter not only explains the various choices out there and their uses but also how to set up the bike and the various accessories you can also purchase.

In short this is a no-nonsense book on aspects of cycle riding that will be particularly useful for the beginner or those wanting to get back into cycling, but will also be informative to all riders. The text is punctuated with useful diagrams and pictures illustrating points, while the use of the author's own personal experiences (and the personal experiences of others) makes the book more readable and enjoyable. Easy Rider really does make cycling in New Zealand a lot easier.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Eat to Beat Cholesterol by Nicole Senior and Veronica Cuskelly

Author: Cuskelly, Veronica
Senior, Nicole

Looking after your heart never tasted so good! You can lower cholesterol naturally in as little as three weeks.

This updated edition of Eat to Beat Cholesterol will help make healthy living a reality for you and your family. Discover the truly delicious world of heart-friendly foods and learn which ones you need to eat, and how much, to lower your cholesterol and manage your weight.

As well as recipes, daily menus and shopping tips, you'll also find 'quickies' you can whip up in a flash to ensure you get your daily quota of heart friendly foods.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $34.99 Paperback
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Eat up, Little Donkey! By Rindert Kromhout
Illustrated by Annemarie van Haeringen

Author: Kromhout, Rindert

Little Donkey doesn't want to eat his food, so Mama Donkey decides that it's time for an outing.
A boldly illustrated picture book with thick pages for children aged 1+ about mealtimes with a satisfying story structure, this companion book to 123 Little Donkey has a full, domestic setting and characters. It's thick, strong pages make it perfect for toddlers. The story's tidy emotional arc and gentle mischief should help make this a go-to book for years 1 to 3.

RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Eat With Your Hands: sushi for kids By Hideo Dekura

Author: Dekura, Hideo

Sushi is easy to make and a great meal for little hands. This hard-backed easy to clean fun-styled cook-book is ideal for children eight years and older. The author breaks the introduction into sections with topics such as Adults Before You Start, Children Before You Start, Let's Talk About Sushi, Equipment and Tools, Essential Ingredients for Sushi, Japanese Groceries, Vegetables & herbs and Fish & Seafood. By teaching them sushi-making basics with easy to follow instructions the young sushi makers can then go onto Japanese favourites such as soups, snacks and desserts and a great drink section. There is a comprehensive section teaching them how to throw their own Sushi Party including making decorations with origami paper, creating hanging paper lanterns and name tags. as well as making a traditional Norn from origami paper. The author also explains the different types of sushi parties that the children can hold. To conclude there is a fantastic section for trouble shooting which had the top nine things that can go wrong when making sushi and how to avoid and or fix these common mistakes.

This is an ideal resource for cooking with New Zealand's marine bounty written by an experienced and expert author. Fantastic step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow recipes will make this a fun to use cookbook for kids.

RRP: $34.99
Publisher: New Holland

Ed Climbs A Big Hill by Dreydon Sobanja with illustrations by Jennifer Smith

Author: Sobanja, Dreydon

Ed Climbs A Big Hill is the first of two books published by talented new writer Dreydon Sobanja. The stories in the series are aimed at kiwi children aged between four and seven.

Ed Climbs A Big Hill is the story of Sir Edmund Hillary, specially adapted for young readers. It shows how by taking things one step at a time, setting goals and learning along the way, anyone can achieve their dreams. At the back of the book, there is even a suggestion on ways children can achieve their own dreams one step at a time. It is a fantastic start to what promises to be an educational and inspiring new series.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Inspired Kids Limited

Edmonds Beginner's Cookbook

Author: Various Authors

Cooking with the kids can be fun. This fully illustrated cookbook is packed with foolproof recipes that will impress all ages - from a basic PIZZA BASE, delicious PANCAKES to the classic AFGHANS - you'll be able to show your children how much fun they can have while making their own food.

With recipes and hints for all occasions, this is the cookbook every aspiring young chef needs.

For those learning to cook 5 years to adult.
RRP: $24.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Eep! written and illustrated by Joke van Leeuwen

Author: van Leeuwen, Joke

One day warren sees something strange lying under a bush. He doesn’t know whether it is a bird in the form of a girl or a girl in the form of a bird, but he takes the creature home. His wife Tina, upon seeing it wants to raise it as her own child even though it has wings.

Eep! is the story of a mysterious bird girl who, on her quest for freedom, teaches four strangers the true meaning of family. It is a poignant and humorous story about the important things in life. It will also have children eight and over thinking about what really makes a family.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Author: LaFleur, Suzanne

Elise is eleven. She has the same best friend she had when she was seven and even enjoys playing the same game she did when she was six, although now she has started to realise how silly it is. Things change though on the first day of middle school when the girl she shares a locker with embarrasses her. Her best friend, Franklin then steps in to defend her but instead makes them both look like a couple of kindergarten kids.

It starts off as a story about two kids on neighbouring farms trying to amuse themselves, and in the process coming up with imaginative games, only to find other children their age have moved on from such games. Elise also doesn't live with her real parents but her aunt and uncle. Right from the start at her middle school, Elise feels the force of peer pressure, the desire to fit in and is teased. She also learns that middle school is very different from elementary and has a lot more pressures.

Things seem to be going bad, but then she finds a key in her uncle's workshop with her name on it. It is one of eight keys that help her unlock her past and take a chance on the future.

This novel may seem a bit slow at first, but draws readers in and really sets the scene for a character easy to relate to, especially for any girls who have been bullied or teased at school. It is a thought provoking and moving book that girls over nine will love.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Eight Rivers of Shadow by Leo Hunt

Author: Hunt, Leo

Luke Manchett used to be one of the most popular boys at school.
That was before his necromancer father died and left him a host of vengeful ghosts that wanted him dead.
Now everyone thinks he's a freak.
To make matters worse, the mysterious new girl at school is actually the daughter of his father's deadliest enemy...
And she's out for revenge.

Reading Age: 13 to 19 years
RRP: $15.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Ellie the dog with the loving heart by Jean Silver

Author: Silver, Jean

A magical book for children and dog-lovers
The book shares the life of Ellie from the time she is rescued from an animal shelter until she is sure she has found her forever home.
Illustrated by evocative photographs, it is written as if Ellie, a fox terrier cross, is exchanging emails with Teresa Tevaga her Humane Society foster mother.
Ellie discovers the joys of sleeping on beds and after her special orange ball, riding shotgun in the car, being on holiday with other dogs and joining in the fun at Dog HQ’s picnics. The foster and forever families delight in her new fun-filled life is clearly evident throughout her escapades. Ellie’s joy in her new life is also obvious.
This book encourages children to write and share stories about their own pets including the importance of looking after them.
This hard cover book has 52 pages. Produced by Mary Egan Publisher New Zealand
For Ages 8 -12 years
Hardcover – 52 pages
Specially Priced for teachers at $20
For your order form Email the author
Available in Bookshops at RRP $25
All profits from the sale of this book go to the Humane Society to rescue dogs and cats.
Publisher: Mary Egan Publisher NZ

Emma The Easter Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Author: Meadows, Daisy

In yet another adventure for friends, Kirsty and Rachel, the two girls are looking forward to Easter and a nice holiday together when they meet Emma, the Easter Fairy, but only after they discover that their Easter eggs, which were kept in a cool container have melted. Of course it is the work of Jack Frost and his goblins, as they try to ruin Easter, and Emma needs Kirsty and Rachel to help her stop him.

Melted chocolates aren't the only problem that Jack has caused. The Easter Bunny and three magical eggs painted by Emma have gone. Could Easter be ruined, or will the girls and Emma find the Easter Bunny and the eggs before this special time of year is ruined.

People will say that Easter is not really about bunnies or eggs and Easter wouldn't stop being so wonderful without them, but that doesn't stop this book being an entertaining and enjoyable fictional read for young girls. Once again, pictures and the competitions at the end of the book add to the reading experience.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand by Paul Moon

Author: Moon, Paul

Encounters is the wide-ranging, audacious and gripping story of New Zealand's changing national identity, how it has emerged and evolved through generations.

'Throughout its human history, New Zealand has been interpreted and experienced in often radically different ways. Each wave of arrivals to its shores has left its own set of views of New Zealand on the country – applying a new coat of mythology and understanding to the landscape, usually without fully removing the one that lies beneath it.'

In this genre-busting book, historian Paul Moon delves into how the many and conflicting ideas about New Zealand came into being. Along the way, he explores forgotten crevices of the nation's character, and exposes some of the mythology of its past and present.

These include, for example, the earliest Maori myths and the 'mock sacredness' of the All Blacks in the twenty-first century; the role of nostalgia in our national character, both Maori and Pakeha; whether the explorer Kupe existed; the appeal of the Speight's 'Southern Man'; and ruminations on New Zealand art and landscape.

What results is an absorbing piece of scholarship, an imaginative and exuberant epic that will challenge preconceptions about what it means to be a New Zealander, and how our country is understood.

Lyrical, breathtaking and provocative, and illustrated with artworks throughout, Encounters offers an extraordinary insight into the beginnings of our country.

Publisher: Penguin NZ

Erth Dragons 2: Dark Wyng by Chris d'Lacey

Author: d'Lacey, Chris

The second in the stunning new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Chris d'Lacey.

A dark stranger walks among the men.
A dark dark force waits in the mountains.
A dark wyng will be formed.
The dark dragon is coming...

Ren is the first of his kind - a boy with the skills of a dragon. But as he tests his new powers, the dragons are growing wary.

Meanwhile, a strange man has joined the hom, determined to help them wreak vengeance on the skalers. He knows about the dragons, but can he be trusted?

As tensions rise between hom and dragon, both are unaware that there's a bigger battle coming because the dark dragon will rise again...

Reading Age: 10 years to young adult.
RRP: $19.99 Paperback EBK $13.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Eruption! Discovering New Zealand's Volcanoes by Maria Gill

Author: Gill, Maria

Meet Volcania, the feisty reporter at Magmatic Press who presents hot facts about volcano science in New Zealand. With her guiding them, readers will discover the four main types of volcanoes found in this country and the characteristics of each one. Bright colourful graphs and data panels along with imitation newspaper articles and colour photographs add to the learning experience.

The book encourages children to look for aspects of volcanic activity, while the status and type of each volcano is explained easily through a quick introduction panel. The text is easy to read and understand by children from eight years, and is brief enough to maintain interest, while contains all they need to know.

The author has also devised some special features to provide extra learning opportunities. These are Maoritopia, which contains Maori legends about volcanoes; videotopia, which provides links to online educational videos and animations; and Factopia with flash facts for extra knowledge. The text has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr Gill Jolly, Head of Volcanology at GNS.

Eruption is a great way to introduce children to volcanoes and spark an interest in volcanology.

RRP $21.00
Publisher: New Holland

Everyday Diet Secrets by Mary-Rose Spence NZ Registered Dietitian

Author: Spence, Mary-Rose

You should have a life - not a diet. Diets don't work, because a diet designed for everybody isn't designed for your body.

This is a book of tips to help you on your weight loss journey, written by a qualified and experienced dietician who has helped hundreds of people move away from the short-term results of fad diets and into a lifestyle of long-term successful weight loss and control.

Find out the truth about so-called weight loss foods, and learn to choose the right foods (and amounts) for you.

Reading age: Adult
RRP: NZ$21.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Everything Sucks: Losing My Mind and Finding Myself in a High School Quest for Cool by Hannah Friedman

Author: Friedman, Hannah

Being dubbed ‘That Monkey Girl’ by middle school bullies and being pulled out of sixth grade to live on a tour bus with her agoraphobic mother, smelly little brother and her father’s hippie band mates convinces Hannah that she is destined to be forever seen as a freak.

She has a chance to turn her life around however when she enters one of America’s most prestigious boarding schools on a scholarship. She finally has the chance to become some she has never been, cool. By the time she reaches her senior year, she has a perfect millionaire boyfriend, a perfect designer wardrobe, excellent marks and is part of the most popular clique in school.

All is not perfect in her life however, and her life begins to become far worse than it ever was. She has a costly new drug habit, eating disorder, an identity crisis and a queen-Bee attitude which leads to the unravelling of her life. This time it will be much harder to put her life back together.

The family, lifestyle and schooling system in the book might be alien to most New Zealand students, but the desire to be popular is the same in all countries. Readers are led on a rollercoaster from the bottom of popularity stakes to the top and back again, learning along the way that being cool sucks.

This book is definitely written for older teenagers and some of the events like taking drugs might be too detailed for some. The titles of each chapter also seem very negative. It also reads like a fictional story, even though it is true.

If you can get past these, you will find the humorous but brutally honest memoir of Hannah Friedman, one of the youngest writers to have her work published in Newsweek magazine. She tells of her experimentation with drugs and binge eating, her self loathing, her first love and other details of her adolescence. Some may feel that there are some issues not fully covered, like the death of a friend, but on the whole it is entertaining and has a hopeful ending. It also shows the dark side of adolescence and what some teenagers face.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Health Communication
Distributed by Southern Publishers Group

Evie`s War by Anna Mackenzie

Author: Mackenzie, Anna

They offered up the innocence of a generation . . .

Evie is 18, straight out of school and excited by the prospect of a tour of Europe. Instead, she finds herself immersed in war; first in the Home Counties – where the young New Zealander is confronted not only by society's restrictions and her family's expectations, but by the burgeoning women's rights movement – then as a VAD nurse tending injured soldiers in a local hospital.

After personal tragedy changes the course of her life, Evie impulsively travels to Belgium, experiencing first-hand the shambolic horrors in a Casualty Clearing Station just 10 km behind the Front Lines. War, at first distant, becomes increasingly personal.

When her health gives out, Evie returns to England and a new battle: that of meshing her hard won independence and experience with the still Edwardian attitudes of her family. From where can she find strength for love and the resilience to face the future?

A heartbreaking and brilliantly poignant novel that has been meticulously researched to portray what may have happened to those who lived through those times.

RRP: S19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Longacre Press published in NZ by Penguin Random House Books New Zealand.

Expert Witness: Behind the scenes with a real life forensic scientist by Dr Anna Sandiford

Author: Sandiford, Anna

Expert Witness is an insight into the real workings of a real forensic scientist. Readers will quickly find out that it is not like CSI and Bones, there are no scientists turning up to crime scenes in designer clothes, there is no room for individual opinion, and it is not about keeping guilty people out of prison or putting innocent ones in prison. It is about looking at the circumstances of a case and seeing what science can tell us about it. It is about making sure that if science is used to put a person in prison, then that science has been fully, fairly and accurately reported.

Dr Anna Sandiford has been involved with forensic science since 1998 and has prepared over a thousand reports on a variety of evidence types, largely for the defence but also for the prosecution. She has also peer-reviewed and assessed thousands of reports in a wide variety of forensic scientific fields. She was also involved in what has been dubbed by the New Zealand media as the 'Trial of the Century' - the 2009 David Bain retrial.

In Expert Witness, Dr Sandiford explores what forensic science is like from the view of an independent expert, what they do and what it is like to give evidence in court. Anna looks at the different areas of forensic science expertise using casework examples that include the complications of drink driving and collecting pollen samples from corpses and blood samples from sock prints. It is a frank and surprisingly amusing insight into the fascinating world of an independent forensic scientist.

I would imagine that most New Zealanders would want to quickly turn to the section on the David Bain trial, which is a shame because they will miss out on some other fascinating cases and the real work of a forensic scientist. Apart from her own scientific findings to do with a particular piece of evidence (which is mentioned in detail elsewhere in the book), her involvement with the case was to co-ordinate and second expert witnesses from the UK and elsewhere. The chapter on the David Bain Trial therefore gives an interesting and non-biased view of how a retrial like that one proceeds, but if you want to know more about scientific findings and the work of a forensic scientist, you will have to look elsewhere in the book.

Expert Witness is a very interesting read and will quickly dispel any myths about forensic science that programmes like CSI have created. In fact the TV programme CSI is mentioned many times not to point out similarities but differences between real life and fiction. It reveals Dr Sandiford's interesting work and will be of interest to anyone who is interested in applied science, real criminal cases or solving mysteries. She also has a way of presenting her book so that it is readable and enjoyable even for those who prefer fiction to scientific texts

RRP $32.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Exploring Aotearoa: short walks to reveal the Maori landscape by Peter Janssen

Author: Janssen, Peter

Exploring Aotearoa takes readers on a journey through Maori legend and history as it explores sites of historic and contemporary Maori significance. Maori culture has close ties with the landscape in pa and early battle sites plus myths and legends. All aspects of the landscape were imbued with spirits and associated with their oral history.

From the North to the South, nearly 200 of the most accessible and memorable landmarks are identified in this book. They include volcanic summits, headlands, lakes and islands as well as pa sites, urupa (graveyards, of which there are over 7,000) plus hunting and fishing grounds.

Well-researched text provides readers with interesting history of the places and in some cases, names as they go on these interesting walks. Readers will also find approximate times for the walk, difficulty level and directions on how to get there at the end of the text on the walk.

If you are interested in walking around New Zealand's historic places or even just interested in finding out a bit more about Maori history and culture, this book provides an interesting and informative read.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: New Holland

Fairy Magic Dress Up Fun from the RAINBOW Magic series by Daisy Meadows

Author: Meadows, Daisy

Join the Rainbow Magic fairies for hours of your own creative fashion fun with this hand-sized style sticker book!
Reading Age: 7 - 10 Years
RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

Author: Zhang, Amy

A story of cause and effect Amy Zhang captures the essence of how a sudden and devastating event that happens to one person can effect the lives of all those around them.

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton's laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. Amy Zhang's haunting and heartbreaking novel pieces together the short life of Meridian High School's most popular and most likely to succeed student.

R.R.P.19.99 Paperback
R.R.P. 28.99 Hardback

Publisher: Greenwillow Books - An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Author: Rowling, J.K.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone...

Inspired by the original Hogwarts textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. A feat of imagination and featuring a cast of remarkable characters and magical creatures, this is epic adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this screenplay is the perfect addition for any film lover or reader's bookshelf.

Reading Age: 12 to Young Adult
RRP: $39.99 hardback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

FAST AND LOOSE by Nicholas J. Johnson author of Chasing the Ace!

Author: Johnson, Nicholas J.

Another fast and furious ride from Australia’s funniest fraudster!

An exciting and intriguing fast moving, insightful tale of misadventure when Joel Fitch who used to be a con artist meets Danny Hemming, producer of TV’s trashiest current affairs programme. Danny wants the inside scoop on the latest scams and he is not taking no for an answer. Once again, Joel finds himself in over his head and to make matters worse his mentor Richard Mordecai seems to have completely disappeared. Becoming honest has never been so tough!

RRP: Paperback $32.99 NZ
For ages: 16+
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Fated by Sarah Alderson

Author: Alderson, Sarah

Evie Tremain is a seventeen year old waitress with a difference; she has just discovered she is the last in a long line of demon slayers. Lucas Grey is half Shadow warrior, half human. He is also a member of a group of assassins called the Brotherhood. They are tasked with killing Evie before she can fulfil a prophesy.

Now Evie finds herself an unwilling participant in a war between Hunters and Unhumans that has raged for the last thousand years. And when Lucas is sent to spy on her, their fates become inextricably linked. Now one or both of them will die before the war will end.

Fated is yet another of the many dual narrative novels on the market at present and again features a love story between a human and a supernatural creature. Evie starts to learn the skills of a hunter, while in his narrative, Lucas clearly falls for her. From his point of view, we discover the Unhuman (that is the PC term for Demon) characters. They could easily be just normal teenagers, doing normal teenage things like flirting, arguing and joking with each other.

The love angle in this story is hardly one of love at first sight. Each has their own reasons for not wanting to fall in love with the other, but despite their early efforts, slowly love happens. When they finally stop fighting though, Sarah Alderson shows her talent for writing sexual tension. There is not a bed in sight, but she certainly knows how to write a steamy kiss.

Sarah Alderson also writes some fantastic twists and the one at the end of this novel will turn the story on its head. You will have to read it yourself to find out what I mean. The novel however doesn't stray much from the current Young Adult storyline.

RRP $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Fateful by Claudia Gray

Author: Gray, Claudia

In Fateful, eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, overbearing family she works for. It is 1912 and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and dark secrets. Now the lisle family is headed to America with Tess. They are going on the newest, safest ship around, the RMS Titanic. Once the ship reaches the United States, Tess plans to leave the family and make a new life for herself.

Her plans start to change though when she meets Alec on the ship. Alec is a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly but he has some secrets in his past that he doesn't want Tess to know. Whispers aboard the ship say that it he had to leave Europe suddenly because of the gruesome death of a French actress that he was having an affair with.

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec's past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves are real and they're stalking him-and now Tess, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.

Featuring the opulent backdrop of the Titanic, Fateful's publication coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the ship's doomed maiden voyage. In the novel Gray combines an historic tragedy with the paranormal and some of the popular horror/ romance creatures of the present - werewolves, to make a dark suspense and romance set against the opulent backdrop of ocean travel in the early 1900's. For added thrill, she has set it on board the most famous shipping disaster of all time.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett

Author: Pratchett, Terry

A collection of Christmas stories from the fantastically funny Terry Pratchett. With wonderful illustrations from Mark Beech, and a special, full-colour, collector's edition.

Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different?
Turkey and carols, presents and crackers - they all start to feel a bit . . . samey.
How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store or, was even, arrested for burglary!?

Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again.

Reading age 8 to 12 years.
RRP Hardback with glossy dust cover $NZ35.00
Publisher: Doubleday – released in NZ by Penguin Random House NZ Ltd

Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement

Author: Clement, Rod

Phoebe is a little grey bird who wants to be noticed so she consults an outrageous and colourful bird called Zelda. With each change though (like adding a colourful crest or tail), Phoebe looses a bit of herself. And with each change, she is still not being noticed. What can she do to make the other birds notice her?

Feathers for Phoebe is a warm and funny story about how changing superficial appearance doesn't necessarily make you more attractive or beautiful. By being obsessed with appearance, Phoebe forgets what is really important and makes her stand out, her personality.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Ferno: The Fire Dragon by Adam Blade

Author: Blade, Adam

The Fire Dragon, no-one yet knows who the boy is that will go on the quest to free the kingdom, and while legends say that there are six beasts protecting the kingdom, no-one knows if they really exist. That is until a knight is attacked by a fire dragon proving that not only do they exist but the beasts have been cursed by Marvel. When the village of Errinel is attacked by the dragon, Tom’s uncle decides to go to the king for help, but he is the leader of the village and needed there to help his people. Tom insists that he goes instead, even though he is just a boy.

The curse put on the beasts means that only a true hero can free them and stop them destroying the land. Could Tom be the boy of legend? In order to save the land from famine and the destruction of Avantia, Tom must venture to the Winding River’s nearby mountain to free Ferno. There is just one problem, Ferno will kill him if he has the chance. Ferno is a great introduction to the series and a great way for children to get some of the background leading to the other book, Ravira: Ruler of the Underworld.

In Ravira: Ruler of the Underworld, Tom is not dealing with a beast that is supposed to be guarding the kingdom but a new beast that has risen from the underworld. Ravira reeks of death and commands a pack of fearsome Avantian Hounds. Just one bite from these hounds will turn their victims into slaves. Taladon has also returned and is in danger from the hounds; he has already been bitten and unless Ravira is defeated before the moon rises, eh will be forced to live out eternity as one of the Hounds of Avantia. Can Tom save him before he is turned into a slave?

Beast Quest is a good fantasy series for children over seven. The stories are easy to follow and have plenty of action, the characters strong and the beasts dangerous.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette Publishers under the Orchard Books title

Fifty Fifty by Candice Fox and James Patterson

Author: Fox, Candice
Patterson, James

In this stunning sequel to the bestselling Never Never, Detective Harriet Blue must choose - between saving her brother or saving a whole town . . .

The world's bestselling thriller writer James Patterson once again joins forces with award-winning crime writer Candice Fox for a compulsive page-turner in the Australian outback.

It’s not easy being a good detective - when your brother’s a serial killer. Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she’s determined to prove it. Except she’s now been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley (population 75), where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan – the massacre of the entire town. And the first death, shortly after Harry’s arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking. Meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Sam’s case wide open. If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage...

Adult fiction
RRP NZ$37.00
Reading Age: Adult
Publisher: Penguin Books NZ

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Author: Kinsella, Sophie

Humour, heart and heartache from the global bestselling author of the Shopaholic series.

Subject: Family & home stories...

Audrey can't leave the house. she can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother's friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary.

Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you...

Paperback $32.00 RRP
Hardback $45.00 RRP
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson

Author: Branson, Richard

The New Autobiography

The follow-up to the 2 million-copy-selling autobiography Losing My Virginity, documenting the incredible truth of the last twenty years in Sir Richard Branson's life.

50 years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world’s ultimate entrepreneur.

In Finding My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good.

Following on from where bestselling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. But this book goes far beyond the numbers - it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britain’s best-loved businessman.

Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.

Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world’s first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting ‘grand-dude’ to his four grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta, Artie and Bluey. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st Century, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time - all over again.

Reading Age: Adult
RPP: Paperback with photos NZ$40
Publisher: Virgin Books released in NZ by Penguin Random House New Zealand

First to the Top: Sir Edmund Hillary's Amazing Everest Adventure

Author: Hill, David

By: David Hill Illustrated by: Phoebe Morris

Up on the world's highest mountain, the sky is tinged the black colour of space and the air is almost too thin to breathe.

How did Ed, a small, shy boy from the tiny town of Tuakau in New Zealand, grow up to become the world's most famous mountaineer and adventurer? How did he climb Everest and do so many other astonishing things?

This exceptional picture book, written by internationally acclaimed children's author David Hill and illustrated by Phoebe Morris, tells the story of Sir Ed and his climb to the top of Mt Everest. It's a story about courage, skill and determination, and an inspiration to anyone who dreams of reaching the top.

Reading Age 6 – 10 years
RRP: Hardback$25.00
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

Fitting In, Standing Out: Finding Your Authentic Voice at Work

Author: Hillman, Harold

How to become a stronger leader and a better teammate

Whatever your role or job, you need to find the sweet spot where you can fit in with your team, yet still have the ability to express your true opinions in a way that will be heard and accepted. This book is about finding that sweet spot.

It is an essential read for anyone who:
- wants to make sure they are heard, regardless of rank or position
- is currently going through induction into a new team or organisation
- is on the fringe of a team, struggling to have impact
- leads a team and wants to ensure each member can play an effective role
- runs a company and wants to ensure the culture is conducive to authentic leadership at all levels.

Type: Adult Non Fiction
Subject: Advice on careers & success
Author: Harold Hillman PhD
RRP: $33.00
Publisher: Random House NZ

Five Foot And Fearless by Liz Williams

Author: Williams, Liz

A fifty-five kilo mother of one is not the image that immediately springs to mind when thinking of the Armed Offenders Squad, but that is exactly what Liz Williams is. Her autobiography is one of determination and courage.

In some ways Liz Williams is just a normal working mother, struggling to juggle motherhood, childcare and work commitments. But her job could mean that she has to leave the home at 1am with a moment's notice, comes face to face with dangerous criminals and works in an extremely dangerous environment.

When we see AOS officers in the news in their black uniforms, with their faces covered it is easy to think of them as other than human and think that they should act like machines and never make mistakes. This book shows the human side of the AOS. It shows the harsh realities of the job and how the AOS are trained to make pressure decisions in situations that would make most of us run for cover, in order to ensure we all can sleep safe at night.

Liz writes with an entertaining and informative style, which makes this book very readable. At times the book is very humorous while at other times it is shocking. It offers rare insights into one of the most dangerous jobs in the country and also the life of one of its members. Readers will learn of a difficult job, its brutal selection process and the difficulties of making tough decisions in pressure situations where your life, or those of the general public are at real risk.

It is a great read for anyone wanting to know more about the Armed Offenders Squad. Five Foot And Fearless is also an inspiring autobiography that shows with determination people can overcome overwhelming odds to achieve what they want.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Five Forget Mother's Day by Bruno Vincent

Author: Vincent, Bruno

A brand new Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, especially for Mother's Day!

Enid Blyton's books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new series of Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy are keen to show Aunt Fanny how much she means to them.

Join Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog as they try to celebrate Mother's Day with Aunt Fanny. George has past form in forgetting - not least her mum's birthday and Christmas presents - so tensions are running high even for the charged normality of their mother/daughter bond.

But things go from bad to worse when Fanny comes to stay, with relations strained almost to breaking point. Can the Five save the day, and will Uncle Quentin get involved?

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand
Imprint : Quercus Publishing

Flick and Friends The Bushfire by Jamie Laurence with illustrations by Mark Russell

Author: Laurence, Jamie

Flick has just been given his engine badge, identifying him as a fully fledged fire-fighting engine, but the celebrations are short lived when a careless camper’s campfire sparks a bushfire that not only threatens Farmer Day’s house but also puts the lives of Mr Meena and his family at risk. Once again it is up to Flick and his friends from the Maddsville Fire Station to save the day.

As with other books in this series, behind the action packed adventure is a message on fire safety. This is reinforced by the safety tips at the back of the book. In this one, they are not just fire safety tips but bush safety tips. Although the book has an American or possibly Australian flavour, the advice is just as pertinent for New Zealand children in the bush. It is a good fun book for young readers where they can learn about safety as they read an exciting story and look at colourful pictures.

RRP $14.95
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin Books title

Fly Fishing in New Zealand Lakes by John Kent and David Hallett

Author: Kent, John
Hallett, David

New Zealand has a worldwide reputation as a fly fisher’s paradise. Renowned author and trout-fishing specialist John Kent has selected what he believes to be the best lakes in New Zealand, covering both the North and South Islands. With the stunning photographs of Dave Hallett, this is a complete guide to New Zealand’s premier fishing spots.

It is both a guide on how to fly fish and a celebration of the beauty of New Zealand’s great outdoors. Fly Fishing in New Zealand Lakes captures the essence of angling. This is a book that shows the readers the joys of fly fishing from a writer who is passionate about it.

It features twenty of his favourite lakes and everything you need to know about fishing for trout in New Zealand, although in places it might be a bit technical for some who have never been fishing before. Whether you are relatively new to the sport or an experienced angler, I am sure you will be able to learn something and enjoy reading Fly Fishing in New Zealand Lakes.

RRP $67.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Flying Changes by Sara Gruen

Author: Gruen, Sara

Flying changes is the sequel to Riding Lessons. Finding and caring for Hurrah, Harry’s brother has helped her to come to terms with some of her unresolved issues over her accident. She has a fear though that her relationship with the man she loves is growing stagnant and also that Eva’s dreams of Olympic glory will carry her far away from her mother.

It is also a time of change at Maple Brook Horse Farm, when love and fear must be confronted head on. But once again, a tragedy drastically alters Annemarie’s fragile world. It might even release the family from the past that confines them. Like Riding Lessons, it is not just a novel to be enjoyed by people who like horses but those who enjoy stories of love and that demonstrate how unpredictable life can be.

RRP $26.99
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers under the Harper title

Follow Finn by Peter Goes

Author: Goes, Peter

A magnificent search-and-find book of mazes and more, from the author of international bestseller Timeline.

Finn wakes up with a start. The goblins are on the loose and the house is in an uproar! When they flee, Finn’s dog Sep follows so Finn quickly gathers his clothes to join the chase…
Each spread in this exquisitely drawn book is packed with detail, and the text gives the reader tasks along with telling the story: help Finn gather his clothes; find a mouse, three bulls, five rabbits; find the right keys for the right lock; locate the beginning and end of each maze…

Reading age 6 to 10 years.
RRP Hardcover NZ$29.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Food for Sharing Italian Style by Liliana Battle

Author: Battle, Liliana

Sharing a meal together with friends and family is one of life s greatest pleasures. Serving food made to share is not only a welcoming and enjoyable way to eat, it s also clever and economical by stretching a meal to feed many. It is the Italian way of life. This book showcases recipes from well-known Italian cook, Liliana Battle and includes traditional and modern-day interpretations of Italian dishes you will love. There is everything here from pasta, meat, fish, vegetables, breakfasts, antipasti, pizzas, pies and tarts that can be mixed and matched and laid out on a table to make a mouth watering display of food to share. No feast is complete without a show-stopping dessert, and Liliana s sweets certainly steal the show!
Best of all, these recipes are just as easy to make as they are to eat with lots of handy hints for making food in advance, freezer tips and how to make new meals from leftovers.
So get your family and friends together, and in true Italian spirit cook up a storm and pile it in the center of the table so that everyone can dig in. The enjoyment of sharing a meal together creates memories that last a lifetime.
Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $49.99
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Footsteps Through The Fog

Author: Mahy, Margaret

In her last picture book, Margaret Mahy tells the story of five siblings going to the beach, two boys and three girls. This may not seem out of the ordinary, except for one thing, the middle girl, Anthea is blind.

At first the rest of the family has to look after Anthea, as they go to the beach, then at the beach she is told to sit on a log while the others have fun. However, unknown to Anthea, very thick fog quickly rolls in, and soon rolls are reversed, as she has to guide the other children home.

How can she guide them home, when no one can see and with only her nose and eyes to guide her?

This is a delightful story that gives readers a new appreciation for the blind. It shows how someone who is blind can pick up on things normally sighted people may miss. This book not only provides a class with a great discussion topic but also a useful learning tool, with the Braille alphabet at the back of the book. Royalties from Footsteps Through The Fog go to the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Author: Hale, Shannon

Growing up in the forest, Rin has always turned to the trees when she needed peace and reassurance, but then something happened. Now she is haunted by the forest she has always loved.

When she accepts her brother, Razo’s invitation to come back to the city as one of Queen Ani’s waiting women, she finds that all is not peaceful there either. In fact a mysterious threat haunts Bayern too. To stop disaster, she must join the magical fire sisters Isi, Enna and Dasha, before going back into the forest she once loved, and go to the kingdom of Kel.

Girls aged thirteen and over will enjoy this tale of romance and adventure.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Forgive Me by Lesley Pearse

Author: Pearse, Lesley

In 1991, one day when Eva Patterson returns from work to her Cheltenham home she finds the devastating scene of her mother, Flora lying dead in the bath. Beside her is a simple note only saying the words 'Forgive me'. Until Flora's death, Eva believed her family's life would be comfortable and secure, but that has changed, and when she finds her mother has left her an artist's studio, she realises how little she actually knew about her mother.

The studio is now derelict, but holds keys to Flora's life as a successful artist in the 60's. A chance encounter also leads Eva to Phil, who agrees to help her restore the studio and also offers the friendship and advice she needs.

In the studio, Eva also offers a collection of flora's paintings and old diaries, which offer clues to her past, and which Eva believes may have been put there purposefully for her to find. However the past is not all innocent and soon she also discovers a shocking crime in flora's past. This crime could tear Eva's own world apart.

Forgive Me is a compelling story of a woman uncovering her mother's secret past. It leaves readers wondering how much we really know about our loved ones and if there are some things that are best left in the past.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin group under the Michael Joseph title

Fortune Cookie by Brice Courtenay

Author: Courtenay, Brice

Simon Koo is an ambitious young Australian, who showed a promising career in Rugby where he got the nick-name ‘fortune cookie’, before incurring a career ending injury. Then as an ambitious young advertising executive in the 1960’s, he moves to Singapore to work for Samuel Oswald Wing. He finds that the Wing brothers who run the agency are not what they seem. Simon finds himself in an environment which is strangely familiar while being profoundly different. It is a world where the rules that govern behaviour in business and in personal life differ widely from what he is used to. It is also a place where all is not what it appears to be.

Problems start for Simon when he falls in love with Mercy B Lord, the illegitimate daughter of a Japanese officer and a Chinese mother, who abandoned her on the doorstep of a Catholic orphanage. With no family or connections, the beautiful young woman is powerless to resist the evil influences of manipulative businesswoman Beatrice Fong. Fong is in league with the Wing brothers and lures Lord into the dark world of human trafficking and sex work.

Simon finds a world lies beneath the veneer of legitimate commerce. It is a world of people smuggling, drug trafficking and murder. Can he save Mercy from this world?

Bryce Courtney takes readers from 1800’s Australian goldfields to wartime comfort houses and CIA spy rings operating during the Vietnam War. It is a thrilling and captivating tale set in a dangerous, mysterious and terrifying world, with a love story at its heart.

RRP $80.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Four Children And It by Jacqueline Wilson

Author: Wilson, Jacqueline

Rosalind and Robbie don't want to spend the summer stuck in their dad's new house with irritating Smash, their stepsister and her glamorous mum. However, their dad's biggest wish is for everyone to get along and when he suggests going for a picnic in some nearby woods, the children reluctantly agree.

On the picnic, something surprising happens that creates the possibility of it being the best holiday yet when Rosalind makes a wish in a golden sandpit.

Four Children and It has themes of a separated family, siblings who don't get along and siblings from different marriages. Told with Jacqueline's usual sense of humour, it is a very entertaining and imaginative book that combines real life situations with magic and mythical creatures, making it an enjoyable read.

RRP $23.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Author: Roth, Veronica

Fans of the Divergent series by New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view.

Readers first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in this new book Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias's life.

The first three pieces in this volume—"The Transfer," "The Initiate," and "The Son"—follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, "The Traitor," runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty and love that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.

Publisher: HarperCollins UK


Author: Jacka, Juliet
Morris, Phoebe

Book 3 in Juliet Jacka's addictive new Frankie Potts series for readers ages 7–10.

Meet Frankie Potts, the village of Tring's number-one girl detective. She has flaming red hair, a questioning mind and a very clever dog named Sparkplug. And she is REALLY good at solving mysteries.

Frankie's list of mysteries to solve is getting longer by the day. Firstly, her mum is acting very strangely –she's tired, grumpy and feels sick all the time. And then there's Grandma M, who keeps dropping hints about expanding her troupe of performing greyhounds: Tinkerbell, Titania and Tiramisu.

With her detective sidekick Mac, Frankie travels to Giggleswick to find out about the mysterious Gideon R. Best, Animal Trainer Extraordinaire, and why he sent a postcard – with two kisses on it – to Frankie's mum. How can Frankie work out what an overweight donkey, a cuddle-obsessed pig and a pooing parrot have to do with anything? And why has Tinkerbell started to waddle?

Kaboom! Things are getting explosive in Frankie's family. She had better start solving...

Reading Age: 8 to 12 years
RRP: $11.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Frankie Potts and the Sparkplug Mysteries by Juliet Jacka

Author: Jacka, Juliet

Meet Frankie Potts, the village of Tring's number one girl detective. She has flaming red hair, a questioning mind and an addiction to gobstoppers. And she is REALLY good at solving mysteries. When Frankie is adopted by a dog at the window of her favourite sweetshop, there's detecting to be done.
The dog, Sparkplug, is adorable. Even Frankie's formidable Grandma M goes all soft and goopy in his presence. Sparkplug can ride a skateboard like a pro, high-five, dance on his hind legs and sniff out a mystery two houses away. He's the ideal dog for a detective. Sparkplug wants to stay with Frankie, and Frankie would dearly love to keep him - but where is he from? There are other mysteries to solve, and they all seem to be linked: trails of ants; Grandma M's odd behaviour; her secret tattoo . . . What? When and WHY did cardy-wearing Grandma get a tattoo? A circus has just arrived in the village - it seems a good place to start looking for clues. But first, Frankie will have to get Sparkplug past Tring Dog Control and her arch-enemy, Ralph Peter-McGee.

Reading Age: 7 - 10 years old
RRP: $11.99 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)


Author: Jacka, Juliet
Morris, Phoebe

Meet Frankie Potts, the village of Tring's number one girl detective. She has flaming red hair, a questioning mind and a very clever dog named Sparkplug. And she is REALLY good at solving mysteries.

A band of dancers with bells and blue painted faces have come to Tring, and Frankie can smell a mystery. Who are these Wicked Wolves? How come Grandma M knows them, and wants to pick a fight with them?

Meanwhile, Tinkerbell and Sparkplug's seven adorable puppies are causing chaos at Frankie's house. Grandma M is planning to give away four of them, and Frankie and Mac must make sure that they go to good homes. Ralph Peter-McGee, Frankie's arch-enemy, seems to have his eye on her favourite pup Kettle Thomson. Can Frankie stop Kettle going to the wrong home? And why are those Wicked Wolves sniffing around the puppies?

The Inaugural Tring Talent Contest is rapidly approaching, and Frankie has some serious detecting to do. But maybe not all the clues are quite as they seem...

Reading Age: 8 to 12 years
RRP: $11.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Author: Marshall, Laura

'A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller...
Twisty and gripping but always relatable, FRIEND REQUEST is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read' Erin Kelly
When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.
Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.
Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers' party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria's disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?
As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress, to try to piece together exactly what happened that fateful night. But when another friend's body turns up in the woods outside their old school, Louise realises she can't trust anyone and that she must confront her own awful secret to discover the whole truth of what happened to Maria...

Teen Fiction
RRP NZ$34.99
Reading Age 15-20 years
Publisher: Publisher Hachette Australia

Fright Forest Elf Girl and Raven Boy by Marcus Sedgwick with illustrations by Pete Williamson

Author: Sedgwick, Marcus

Raven Boy has short black hair and can talk to animals, Elf Girl is light of foot, sharp of mind and elfish all over. Together they have strange, creepy, spooky and hilarious adventures as they save their world from trolls, ogres, witches and the things that slither and slide in the fiendish forest.

Fright Forest is the first book in this exciting new dark, humorous adventure series for children. The couple meet quite by accident when Raven boy falls out of a tree and they are helped in their adventures by elf boy's pet rat called unimaginatively Rat.

The pair, or rather trio are thrown into some strange adventures as they hunt for 'The witch Who Knows Everything' in the fiendish forest. They get tied up and put in a cauldron to be eaten by trolls and even have to face terrifying killer kittens.

It is clear that Sedgwick has a vivid imagination, which is shared by Pete Williamson in his fantastic black and white illustrations, which perfectly capture the humour and atmosphere of the book. It is therefore surprising that this duo has not come up with some more imaginative names, but the real names of the two protagonists are just two of the least intriguing questions that are left to be answered no doubt in the subsequent books. This looks like it will be an exciting and captivating series for children over eight.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Orion title

From Crisis To Confidence: Investment insights for all New Zealanders edited by Aaron Hing and compiled by Ralph Little

Author: Hing, Aaron
Little, Ralph

Over the past two years, in both global and local markets, we have witnessed the collapse of the finance sector. Share-markets have also been in freefall and the property market, once considered a safe investment, is in turmoil. Simply relying on personal financial matters and investments to look after themselves is no longer an option. Those with investments or considering investing need sound, reliable and honest advice in order to make the best informed decisions they can in these times of uncertainty.

From Crisis To Confidence provides readers with grounded investment guidance for the future. Through this book, you will find out some of the causes of the financial meltdown and also why New Zealand hasn’t been as hard hit as some other countries. You will also be given information to help you make informed decisions on investing.

Compiled by Ralph Little, an experienced public relations and corporate communications practitioner and edited by financial and investment commentator Aaron Hing, From Crisis to Confidence is a series of down-to-earth essays written by New Zealand economists, investment professionals and financial planners.

If you have listened to the experts on the current financial crisis and still don’t understand it or whether we are in recovery or recession, this book may help. It is written by experts but in everyday language. It includes graphs tables and even cartoons to help demonstrate what the experts are talking about. It is all about helping New Zealanders make more informed decisions on investing.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

From the Assassin`s Creed Series - Unity by Oliver Bowden

Author: Bowden, Oliver

Based on Ubisoft's award-winning videogame with Historic references to the French Revolution and the causes of this event that heralded the dawn of democracy, this is definitely a novel for 15 years plus and a story that the reluctant teenage boy reader might take the time to sit down and absorb.

Set in 1789 when the magnificent city of Paris sees the dawn of the French Revolution. The cobblestone streets run red with the blood as the people rise against oppressive aristocracy. But revolutionary justice comes at a high price . . .

At a time when the divide between the rich and poor is at its most extreme, and a nation is tearing itself apart, there is a young man and woman fight to avenge all that they have lost.

Soon Arno and Elise are drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and the Templars - a world with dangers more deadly than they could ever have imagined.

Suitable for 15+yrs

Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Penguin UK

Fruitloops and Dipsticks by Ulf Stark

Author: Stark, Ulf

Simone is twelve and things start to go wrong right from her birthday. Her mother is too busy arranging for both of them to move into her new boyfriend’s house to realise it is Simone’s birthday. Simone doesn’t like Ingvar (the boyfriend), his house, and the fact it is so far from town, what’s more she doesn’t want to leave her friends, the neighbours or the flat.

If that seems bad enough, it isn’t until the teacher at her new school mistakes Simone for a boy called Simon that the trouble really begins, and from there it doesn’t stop. All sorts of things start to go wrong like lost dogs, ducks in the classroom and stolen handbags. Simone is constantly getting into trouble too even though she doesn’t mean to, most of the time, anyway. This book just goes to show the world is full of dipsticks and fruitloops.

Ulf Stark blends his own abilities for witty storytelling and to spin a yarn to make his a hilarious novel of growing up. It is certainly not your usual coming of age novel, but is a hilarious tale of a tough yet sensitive girl who pretends to be a boy and over time comes to accept her family’s and her own eccentricities. Along the way she also learns a lot about life and love.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Gecko press

Fully Doomed by Mick Elliott

Author: Elliott, Mick

This time, it's global! Can Leo Lennox save the world's Turners from destruction? The riotous and fast-paced conclusion to the bestselling TURNERS trilogy Leo Lennox is in big trouble.

Actually, every Turner on the planet is in big trouble: a deranged scientist is threatening to expose their secret world and destroy them all.
With help from a pair of guerrilla gorillas (and their incredible inventions), his nerdy friend Ernie, and his annoying-but-sort-of-all-right older sister Abbie, Leo must criss-cross the world to stop the mad doctor before he serves up the full buffet of doom to Turners everywhere.

If he can't, the planet won't be just a little bit doomed - it'll be fully doomed!

Reading Age 8 – 13 years.
Publisher: Hachette
Lothian Children's Books

Fun Food For Kids by Kristie Hall

Author: Hall, Kristie

Anyone with children knows how hard it is at times to come up with something different that children will eat. It can be even harder to ensure that meals are both enjoyable for them, quick to prepare and healthy.

Fun Food for Kids is packed with fast, healthy and simple recipes using vegetables, fish, chicken and meat. It also covers flourless cakes in case your children are intolerant to wheat. There are over 122 recipes covering lunches, main meals, snacks and even breakfasts.

It is designed to offer inspiration and show that getting children to eat healthy food does not need to be a daunting process. The recipes are easy to follow and are accompanied by colourful photography.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: New Holland

Galactic Hotdogs - Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway by Max Brailler

Author: Brailler, Max

For kids who love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series then this pilot book about Cosmoe, a 13 year old orphan, yanked from Earth into outer space to sell Hotdogs from a food truck/spaceship, will also be a winner with this group of readers.

Written as a novel in large font with plenty of cartoon and speech balloon dialogue within each cartoon.

Yes it's the equivalent of Captain Underpants meets Star Wars in this hilariously funny new series.

Great for budding cartoonists and those older children who need to be encouraged to read.

RRP: Paperback NZ$16.99 Ebook NZ $8.99
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Game Of Thrones 3: A Storm Of Swords Part 1 by George RR Martin

Author: Martin, George RR

If you have been following the exciting Game Of Thrones series on television, you will know that a new series is about to start here in New Zealand. You will also no doubt be waiting the new series with eager anticipation and will be interested in this novel. Actually this is the first half of book three of A Song Of Ice And Fire, so after reading this book you will also be waiting in suspense for the other half of the book. It was originally published in 2001.

The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. Beyond the Wall, a horde of hungry savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North. Throughout Westeros, the war for the throne rages more fiercely than ever, but if the wall is breached, no king or queen will survive to claim it.

This is an exciting instalment in an epic tale, and I would really recommend starting from the beginning (either by watching the previous series or reading the previous books) before reading this one. Readers are easily drawn into an imaginative and detailed world seemingly some time in the Middle Ages, and then captivated by an enthralling story.

RRP $22.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Gameboard Of The Gods by Richelle Mead

Author: Mead, Richelle

Gameboard Of The Gods is the first book in Richelle Mead’s ‘the Age of X’ series. It is set in a futuristic world almost destroyed by religious extremists. In this world, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Fans of Mead will notice this book is unlike anything she has written in the past. For a start, the magical or mythical creatures in the modern world have gone, instead replaced by a dystopian setting. This particular dystopian world seems to borrow much from Kiera Cass’s novel ‘The Selection’. I found it unbelievable in Kiera’s novel that the world would adopt India’s caste system, and I also find a caste system equally implausible in this novel.

Even though Mead’s writing is better than that of Cass, there are other problems associated with both books. For a start , like with my observations of The Selection, I feel that people wouldn’t just have accepted rules placed on a huge majority of the world’s population by a small minority that are so fervently hated. I feel that there would be a rebellion, uprising or war before such a society was put in place. Secondly both have major problems with the plot. In this case, you really feel that someone has told Mead that she reveals too much, too early in her stories and she took it to heart. She really keeps readers guessing in this book, and not just about things that add suspense or mystery. It is almost 100 pages before readers find out what RUNA (a word which appears on almost every page) actually stands for, which is something where suspense is not necessary. It is also not the only piece of seemingly crucial setting that isn’t revealed until well into the book, making it at times tedious.

Like "The Selection" readers will also get the feel that there is no thought given to how society progresses. The future Panama for example seems to have reverted back to an unenlightened society similar to 17th century England, where women were considered second class citizens whose only purpose was for breeding and keeping the home. Like those times, in this book they are uneducated, are sent to society functions to find a husband, don’t go out alone and even have trousseaus provided by their parents. Then there is RUNA a society based on racism, religious intolerance and consumerism gone mad. In the case of the first two, what happened to the US constitution?

Possibly the worst aspect of this book though is the character building, something you usually can’t criticise Mead on. Here though readers will find a lead female (Mae) that appears a cold, detached racist. Justin is self centred, womanising drug addict and Tessa seems to only exist to make Justin less self centred. Having said that however, there are aspects of Justin’s character that are reminiscent of the flawed Sherlock Homes character of recent films making it the most likeable and easy to connect with character in the story.

At its heart, there is a murder mystery in this novel, but unfortunately it is lost in the mundane and trivial acts of the three main characters. Somewhere too the gods have decided to intervene with what is happening on earth, begging the question ‘Why at that point and not before?’ This is Mead’s most ambitions work and possibly her worst novel. Maybe she also demonstrates that any novel based on a futuristic caste system just doesn’t work and that society evolves rather than setting themselves back hundreds of years.

Possibly the biggest hurdle that Mead faces with this book is that she has targeted it at an adult readership. This readership will be more discerning than what she is used to and are more inclined to look for flaws in plot or science fiction.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Geek Dad: the Ultimate Project Guide for Dads and Kids by Ken Deadmead

Author: Deadmead, Ken

What would it take to drag your kids from their computer, or the television?What if they could do really interesting things like make a cartoon, launch a camera into orbit or build a rope swing, and spend some quality time with their dad in the process?

Geek Dad is a do-it-yourself manual for fathers and kids to create interesting projects together. Dads will be pleased to know that it has a range of difficulty levels and some may even offer the excuse to play a game or two when finished. In a world where we are told children need more male role, this book creates a chance for Dads and kids to do something together that they will both enjoy.

Of note though, this book is an english book, so costs of the projects are in pounds and may be different in NZ.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the viking title

Gentle Giant Wetapunga by Annemarie Florian and Terry Fitzgibbon

Author: Florian, Annemarie
Fitzgibbon, Terry

Impressed with the spectacular size and startling features of these colossal crickets, Maori dubbed them Wetapunga, god of ugly things. Later, scientists chose the genus name Deinacrida, demon grasshopper.

So far 11 Giant species have been identified spread throughout New Zealand and since 2009 the Weta Recovery Group established by the Dept of Conservation has collaborated with dedicated organisations, iwi and individuals to help safeguard this threatened species.

Reading age: 8 to 13 years.
RRP: Paperback NZ$24.99
Publisher: New Holland

Ghosts of Parihaka by David Hair

Author: Hair, David

David Hair has a growing reputation in combining mythical beings with ordinary people, modern times and history. In his Aotearoa series he combines Maori folklore with modern New Zealand society and colonial New Zealand history to create a memorable series.

Ghosts of Parihaka is the fifth book in the Aotearoa series, and already Matiu Douglas. Magical adept has not had an easy time. One of his friends is now a ghost, his enemies have stolen the Treaty of Waitangi, he can't date the girl he really likes and he keeps getting marriage proposals from a dangerous centuries-old tohunga's daughter. However, Matiu is now well-trained in the in magical arts and well on his way to becoming a fully-fledged tohunga ruanuku ("good wizard") He flits with ease, although no little physical exertion, between our world and the parallel world of Aotearoa, where historical figures and the ordinary dead co-exist with mythological and magical creatures.

In this episode, Matiu's friend Riki, on a school trip to present-day Parihaka, is tricked by a beautiful woman into passing through to Aotearoa's Parihaka, where he gets caught up in the famous passive resistance protest he has been studying, before ending up on a slave ship headed by tohunga makutu ("evil wizard") and historical character John Bryce.

Once alerted to Riki's plight, Matiu heads to Aotearoa to rescue his friend, accompanied by his posse of now-familiar characters plus a new love interest, Everelda, a seer who in Book Four discovered she was actually the natural daughter of two of Matiu's greatest enemies in Aotearoa.

Parihaka takes Matiu and his friends on a tour of the South Island as he tries to rescue Riki, before reaching a climax in the dramatic location of Larnach Castle. Along the way he meets some historical fiures from New Zealand's past. It is an exciting read in which young adult readers may also learn a little about New Zealand's history and Maori myths. As you might also gather throm this review though, this is not a stand alone novel, and to get enjoyment out of this novel, you will need to start with book one 'The Bone Tiki'. Also this series will apeal more to boys than girls and does not have any particularly strong female characters.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Girls Stuff for girls aged 8-12 by Kaz Cooke

Author: Cooke, Kaz

An essential younger girl's guide to puberty and the pre-teen years.

This book will be a younger girl's best friend as she deals with the first changes of puberty, sometimes as young as 8 or 9. With the help of medical and other experts, Kaz's positive, encouraging and practical information is essential for pre-teen - and doesn't overload them with things they don't yet need to know.

Topics covered by this book include first periods, pimples, staying safe online and on the phone, body changes, finding confidence, friends, bullies, eating well, healthy activties, fun, age-appropriate movies and books, coping with new moods . . .

The early onset of puberty in so many girls of today makes this book a much-needed resource for girls - and for their parents.

Reading Age: 8 - 12
RRP: $30.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Gladiator: Son of Spartacus by Simon Scarrow

Author: Scarrow, Simon

Son of Spartacus is the third book in the Gladiator series by Simon Scarrow. It is set in Italy, the Roman Empire, in 59 BC. Marcus is already a retired gladiator at the age of 12! He is working for Julius Caesar as a body-guard. Meanwhile, one of his mates (called Brixus) from the gladiator-school escapes into the mountains to try and stir up another rebellion in the name of Spartacus, who died just the year before.

With this rebellion stirring, Marcus is holding a secret that could cost him his life: he is the son of Spartacus. Ironically, Marcus is very close to Caesar, but he also wants to fulfil his father's wish to stamp out slavery. He goes with Caesar to crush the rebellion and finds himself torn between his master and his father. Can he stop endless slaughter and try to negotiate with the rebels before all hell breaks loose?

This is an exciting action series for boys, but to really enjoy it, you really need to start at the first book, Gladiator: Fight for Freedom and work your way through the series. It is based on real historical figures and the suspense filled pages contain some great battle scenes. This is not an historical account and the author has taken liberties for this fiction which historians will note as inaccurate. They do not however take away from the great read and a thrilling story.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper and illustrated by Jenny Cooper

Author: Harper, Glyn

Gladys loves nothing better than tinkering with car engines and driving at top speed. She also dreams of learning to fly a plane. But it's 1914 and people, especially her mother, keep reminding her that women are not supposed to be adventurous. When war comes, Gladys offers her services at the front as an ambulance driver. She receives an infuriating response from the War Office: 'This will be a short war and women will not be needed. If you want to help the war effort you should stay at home and knit socks and balaclavas.'
But Gladys is not the kind of person who stays home and knits. She is determined to go to war.

There are many stories about men who enlisted and courageously fought for their ideals. In Gladys Goes to War, the award-winning team of Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper brings us the amazing true story of Gladys Sandford, ambulance driver, adventurer and trailblazer. Amongst her lifetime of heroic achievements, she actively served in the First World War and was the first female to gain a pilot's licence in New Zealand.

Children’s Non-Fiction & History
Reading and understanding age 6- 10 years.
RRP: Paperback Picture Book NZ $19.99.
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Glory Girl by Peter Yeldham

Author: Yeldham, Peter

This book is set in 1927, in the jazz age. It is a time when aviators seek to conquer new frontiers in the sky and push their aircraft to the limits. One such aviator is former wartime ace James Harrington. He wants to be the first person to fly a light aircraft from Britain to Australia. With so much desert and water to cross, he has been told it can’t be done, but he is out to prove them wrong.

Feisty young Australian Sarah Carson can help make the dream come true, but only if James takes her with him. Sarah comes from a small outback town has longs to see the world and go on adventures ever since she saw the soldiers leaving for the war, when she was a teenager. Now in London she sees her chance for adventure. All goes reasonably well until half way on their journey the plane disappears.

Reporting on the story in London is Sarah’s boyfriend, Fleet Street aviation correspondent Daniel Anderson, whose job is to uncover the truth. What happened to them? Are they alive? And what is really going on?

This exciting adventure-romance is based on a true story. It is about a heroic and ambitious pair seeking glory. Glory Girl is about the risks they take and the sacrifices they make for aviation history. It is also the unforgettable story of relationships and adventure.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Going Up is Easy - by Lydia Bradey with Laurence Fearnley

Author: Bradey, Lydia
Fearnley, Laurence

Lydia Bradey was the first woman to climb Everest without oxygen and remains the only New Zealander to have done so.

Having made three Everest ascents, Lydia is one of New Zealand’s most high-achieving and experienced high-altitude mountaineers. Her personal journey is just as fascinating as a non sporting only child raised by a single mother, with an enduring ambition to climb 8000-metre peaks.

Going Up is Easy celebrates a life lived on the edge - a woman competing at the highest level in a male dominated culture. A true and confronting story about beating the odds.

Co-written with acclaimed novelist Laurence Fearnley, a long-time friend of Bradey. This book is stunningly illustrated throughout and is a must for anyone who has a passion for climbing.

RRP: $38.00
Publisher: Penguin

Gok Cooks Chinese by Gok Wan

Author: Wan, Gok

This recipe book by Gok Wan contains 80 personal and family recipes which are simple to make. His love and passion for Chinese food shine through from every page as he gives a personal and modern take on Chinese cuisine.

Gok is more noted for his fashion tips than his cooking. Many readers might find this not surprising either as sometimes his methods include 'read the packet instructions'. Some Chinese chefs and purists may also find fault in his choice of ingredients and what seems like a preference for some store bought goods rather than making them fresh. His recipes are however about making healthy, delicious Chinese food accessible for everyone.

Colour photographs throughout of not just food but also Gok Wan and some of the ingredients and things needed for enjoying Chinese cuisine, add spice and interest to this book. The personal touch he adds to his recipes will also make it particularly appealing to his fans.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Golden Girls: Celebrating New Zealand’s six female Olympic gold medallists by Margot Butcher

Author: Butcher, Margot

Golden Girls has been a collaboration with the New Zealand Olympic Committee and is the first record dedicated to our gold medal winning women and their contribution to New Zealand’s sporting and cultural history. From our first female Olympic gold winner, long-jumper Yvette Williams, to board sailor Barbara Kendall, cyclist Sarah Ulmer, rowers Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell and our latest golden girl, shot-putter Valerie Vili (now Adams), this book gives personal accounts of their courage, strength and what it took for them to be champions. It contains stories of raw talent and amazing feats.

The book actually starts with a 15 year-old Violet Walrond who made history when she competed in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, more than thirty years before a female athlete actually won gold for New Zealand. In NZ’s Olympic history, only 6 women have won gold compared to the 30 gold medals that the men in the team have won. But then again, it is only recently that the women’s events have begun to have some equality with the men. Until 1984 for instance the marathon was an event for men only and even in the Barcelona Olympics of 1992, there were only 86 events for women and 12 mixed events compared to the 159 events for men.

Golden girls not only provides an inspiration for any young female athlete that dreams of one day standing on an Olympic dais, but addresses a long inequality that has seen some of these women not get the attention or recognition they deserved. It is a fascinating account of extraordinary events and some of the hardships undergone to reach the ultimate prize of Olympic gold.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Gone Hunting: A Century of Great New Zealand Yarns edited by Kingsley Field

Author: Field, Kingsley

Gone Hunting is a rich, entertaining, humorous and wide ranging collection of 20 kiwi hunting yarns. They tell of trophies won or missed, companions made, hunting techniques used and land explored. They tell of good and bad times spent hunting. Above all, these tales tell of the pure enjoyment of being in new Zealand’s wilderness, exploring uncharted ground, seeing new sights and pitting oneself against a wily and difficult opponent who knows the environment much better.

The stories cover some of the most tension-filled, remarkable and successful hunting tales, but these only scratch the surface of the diversity of yarns in this book. Basically if you like a good yarn, there will be something in this book for you. There are chapters on pheasant hunting, tahr hunting, early Fiordland hunts, profession rabbit culling, pig hunting, the early days of the venison industry, bow hunting and of course many stories of hunting for the sheer pleasure of being out in the bush and up in the mountains.

Over the years as a journalist with the Waikato Times reviewing books on hunting, and hunter himself, Kingsley Field has amassed a fantastic collection of books on hunting, possibly New Zealand’s definitive collection of books on hunting. He therefore was in a good position to find stories to be included for this book, selecting only the best yarns. Gone hunting is an entertaining and absorbing collection of yarns that provide a magnificent journey through New Zealand’s hunting heritage.

RRP $45.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Raupo title

Good Dog! Edited by Stephanie Johnson

Author: Johnson, Stephanie

Dogs have had a bad rap lately. A reputation for biting, behaving badly. But cats have had it worse, and are about to be legislated off the streets at night. Dogs, by contrast, are on the proverbial long lead, thanks to their constancy and co-evolution with humans; beguiling their way into that special place in our hearts. As Joe Bennett once wryly commented, 'The correct way to teach your dog not to climb onto your bed is to sleep on the floor.'

Good Dog! editor Stephanie Johnson has enjoyed the company of dogs for much of her life, including latest incumbent beloved Blue-Heeler Tinka. Like her fellow writers and their dogs, a main feature of this collection, her canine relationships have endured through good times and bad. The Poetry, short stories, slices of novels and non-fiction that are shared in this volume glimpse dogs as companion, philosopher, worker and comedian. “Much like their owners!”

Johnson brings together 36 New Zealand writers - both established and emerging - who in more than 40 pieces of writing share their unique take on their canine muses; revealing much of themselves in the process. Here, we meet in word and a scattering of photographic images, Kevin Ireland's little hound Mighty Sid, Sue Orr's Lakeland terrier Buddy, and Michele Leggott's guide dog Olive. We also reacquaint ourselves with the work of many of New Zealand's foremost writers, including CK Stead, Sam Hunt, Vincent O'Sullivan, Fiona Kidman, Paula Morris and Alison Wong.

Satirical, sad, funny, vicious, poignant, Good dog! avoids cute clich(e)s to explore and encapsulate the special relationship humans have with their dogs, Published as a companion volume to bestselling anthology The Cat's Whiskers, edited by Peter Wells (Vintage 2005) about cats and their literary owners, Good Dog! is a funky, fresh and admirable piece of publishing.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $35.00 hardback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Good Food Made Simple by Allyson Gofton

Author: Gofton, Allyson

In Good Food Made Simple Allyson Gofton shows how you can make a delicious meal simply by having the right ingredients on hand - whether it's a one-bowl dinner, a simple stir-fry, a roast with all the trimmings or a dessert the whole family will enjoy. This collection of 180 recipes for every day meals and special occasions will help lift your cooking from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary while minimising the time spent in the kitchen.

This is more than jjust a recipe book and readers will find information about some of the ingredients as well as some useful tips from Allyson beside the recipes. The recipes themselves start with short introductions and are easy to follow, although it may pay to read the whole recipe and particularly any notes or tips before you start cooking. Each recipe is also accompanied with a large colour photograph which doesn't look that different from what any cook could aspire to with the same recipe.

This book really does what it says on the lable. It is about good food made simple, and it shows how good food that is simple to prepare doesn't have to be boring or plain.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Good Night Sleep Tight by Kristina Andres

Author: Andres, Kristina

A beautiful read-aloud story book for all ages featuring 11½ goodnight stories from friends fox and hare who help each other get to sleep.

Reading age: 6 – 10 years and good for bedtime stories for 4 to 6 years.
RRP Hardback with jacket cover $29.99
Publisher: Gecko Press New Zealand

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Author: Favilli, Elena
Cavallo, Francesca


'The anti-princess book teaching girls to rebel' Georgina Rannard, BBC News
'Absolutely beautiful - get one for yourself and one to inspire a woman in your life' Stylist

What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

Reading age 7 to 14 years
RRP: $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Grace & Style

Author: Helbig, Grace

The Art of Pretending You Have It
By Comedian Actress Grace Helbig

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grace's Guide and the host of The Grace Helbig Show on E! comes a beautifully illustrated, tongue-in-cheek book about style that lampoons fashion and beauty guides while offering practical advice in Grace Helbig's trademark sweet and irreverent voice.

It's clear to see I'm a style icon; remember, you can't spell icon without "con."

I love clothes, accessories, and makeup as much as the next lady, man, French bulldog in a sweater, or child whose parents dressed her in a couture Halloween costume, but telling people how they should look doesn't suit me (clothes pun!). I have no authority in that department (I barely even shop in department stores). Instead this is a look at my own silly and nonsensical approach to style, and I promise only some of it is about sweatpants. This book is one part entertainment, one part irreverent fashion fun, and one part...

- My closet staples and jewelry MVPs, and what's actually in my makeup bag
- All about BLTs and BFFS…that is, Better-Looking T-Shirts and Best Feet Friends
- The bad-hair-day character wheel
- The Ten Commandments of online shopping
- A handy flowchart to help you decide "Should I actually buy this?"
- Red-carpet ridiculousness
- Grace Expectations: What your denim says about you
- And MORE!

I'm not stylish - I'm self-aware. I'm not polished - I'm perceptive. I'm not trendy - but I love trying. Because when it comes down to it, "style" is just a simple way of saying "I showered."

Adult Non-fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Grahame Sydney's Central Otago

Author: Sydney, Grahame

Grahame Sydney captures the beauty and splendour of Central Otago as only one of New Zealand's best-loved artists can. The stunning collection of photographs contained in this book provides a new perspective on this beautiful and varied region.

For more than thirty five years, Grahame Sydney has found his creative inspiration in the landscapes and people of his home province and over the last decade, since shifting to live in the heart of his beloved Central Otago, Sydney has captured the unique beauty, seductive austerity and magnificent extremes of this region of New Zealand.

While the first Otago settlers may have thought of Central as 'The Wasteland', Grahame reveals that it is a wasteland no more. It still retains a vivid sense of untouched, natural and seemingly desolate landscape that sets it apart from the rest of the nation but also is home for some and means so much to many more New Zealanders.

This is a book to be treasured for years to come and beautifully captures a unique province and its people. From sprawling landscapes and passing cloudscapes to poignant portraits, Sydney captures both the raw beauty of the area and the isolation of its inhabitants.

RRP $95.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Grandad's Wheelies by Jack Lasenby

Author: Lasenby, Jack

When Jack visits his grandparents, there's no television to entertain him. No Internet, no mobile phones, no tablets, in fact, there's no technology or modern distractions at all. But he still takes a visit, because Grandad and Granny tell him stories - each trying to outdo the other with a tale taller and wilder than the last.

Is there a bridge between the North and South islands?

Or why the beehive is round in shape - and who Really made the Marlborough Sounds?

Reading Age: 8 - 12 years
RRP: $16.99 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Grandfather Clock by Roger Hargreaves

Author: Hargreaves, Roger

Tick tock, tick tock, tell the time with Grandfather Clock!
Enjoy learning about clocks and time with a kindly and classic character.

Reading Age: 3 – 7 years old
RRP: $19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Hachette (NZ)

Grandma Meets The Queen by Helen McKinlay with illustrations by Craig Smith

Author: McKinlay, Helen

Grandma has been busy over the past few years, starring in three bestselling picture books already, and now the world’s most active grandma is off to London, with her cat, Scratch. Of course she won’t be sitting around relaxing. She instead has an action packed holiday in which she naturally meets the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. In fact it isn’t long before she is helping out around the palace.

As with the previous books, this is an entertaining and fun story that will have any young children wishing she was their grandma. Never without her supply of secret recipe marmalade, she is ready to help others and try activities that even some of the readers wouldn’t do. It also shows readers that unexpected rewards can happen if you give someone a little help.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Great Escapes: 500 Unforgettable Travel Experiences by Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith

Author: Hammond, Richard
Smith, Jeremy

You might expect that a travel book by Richard Hammond would have to be about journeys you can take by car, 500 of the world’s most scenic drives in the world perhaps, but you would be wrong. This book actually offers 500 unique experiences and ranges from the normal tourist activities like sightseeing on The Ghan train in Australia or diving in the Philippines to more unique and special experiences like teaching rugby in Fiji or staying with a Samoan family. It unearths inspiring holidays and great ways to get off the beaten track for a more authentic kind of travel.

The escapes in this book are so diverse that you can use some as your basis for an entire trip, while others could be chosen to fill in a day while in a location. Unlike most travel books which groups activities by country, this one while dividing the world into regions, groups each escape loosely into types of activity. This is great if you decide that you want to go to Western Europe on a winter holiday and were wondering where to go, but if you were going to Crete and looking for something to do, you will find yourself jumping over pieces on Croatia. Each section is introduced with a map of the region and numbers corresponding to the escape numbers marked on the map. It is best to quickly flick through the entire section though as even by using the maps it may be easy to overlook some things while others might not be marked exactly where you might think (for example The Ghan travels from Adelaide, South Australia to Alice Springs and Darwin in the Northern Territory but shares number 467 located on the map in southern Western Australia with the Indian Pacific train journey.

The index at the back is also arranged by theme so it is great if you want to go bird watching, on safari, visiting Mayan ruins or walking but not so good if you want to see what you can do in Panama. It really is a book for those with more of an idea of what they want to do or see than where they want to go. In other words it is a great book for picking a location for a holiday based on what you want to do, rather than choosing what activities to do once you have already booked your holiday. Great Escapes will ensure a unique holiday though and suggest some of the best places in the world to do what you like to do on an escape.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Rough Guides title

Green Lizards vs Red Rectangles by Steve Antony

Author: Antony, Steve

A brave and thought-provoking picture book about war and peace from the hottest new talent around.

The green lizards and the red rectangles are at war. They fight and fight and fight - can there ever be a way to live peacefully together?

A thought-provoking and visually stunning picture book about the futility of war, created by Steve Antony, winner of the Oscar's first Book Prize, nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.

Reading Age: 3 - 7 Years
RRP: $19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Green Urban Living by Janet Luke

Author: Luke, Janet

Janet Luke is a qualified landscape architect with a Masters degree in Environmental and Resource Planning from Massey University. She has a passion for sustainable design and through this book shows how easy it is to have a productive urban garden and work with nature. This book is not about hard and fast rules but about principles that anyone can follow.

Through Green Urban Living, Janet evokes some of the methods used in traditional kiwi backyards and incorporates modern concepts like recycling, organics and using water sustainably. She even shows readers how they can keep chickens and bees in an urban environment.

Green Urban Living contains practical step-by-step advice on how to create a productive garden, detailed sections on worm farming, keeping chickens and beekeeping in the urban environment, inventive and exciting garden projects for children, and top tips from the green community. Readers will find lots of creative and innovative ideas using low-cost materials.

If you are serious about more sustainable living, this book shows you what can be done, even with limited space and budget.

RRP $45.00
Publisher: New Holland

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Author: Duckworth, Angela

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit.

MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why. Based on her cutting-edge research, Duckworth shows how many people achieve remarkable things not just by relying on innate natural talent, but by practising what she calls grit. She then offers a Grit Formula to help anyone to become more gritty, focusing on six key factors: hope, effort, precision, passion, ritual and prioritisation. She reveals:

- Why people who test high for talent often fail to achieve their potential, and why people who do not test high for talent often 'overachieve' what others expect them to do
- How grit can be learned, whatever your IQ or circumstances
- Why stubbornness is a key characteristic of gritty people
- When to be stubborn and when giving up is the grittiest thing you can do
- How gritty people found their passion, and you can find yours
- How gritty experts practise, and how you can do the same in your own life
- What the people who care about you can do to boost your grit when you need it most
- How grit is cultivated in the highest-performing sports teams, companies and schools

Leaping past clichés such as 'success is all about hard work', Grit offers a fresh and motivating way to climb to heights far beyond what natural talent would predict.

Reading Age: Young Adult to Adult
RRP: $40.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Grug and his first Easter by Ted Prior

Author: Prior, Ted

One warm sunny day, Grug discovers that Easter is on its way.

Then he is visited by a mysterious creature, who leaves treats of special eggs for Grug to find.

Grug decides to hide some eggs in the forest for his bush friends to find – and delivers a special egg for a special friend.

Along the way he make some art from the shiny egg wrappers, and has a strange dream.

But will he ever find out who the mysterious creature is?

Reading Age: 2 – 6 years old
RRP: $6.99 Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Gus's Garage by Leo Timmers – Another great picture book for the littlies!

Author: Timmers, Leo

One by one Gus’s friends bring him their vehicles and Gus solves their troubles with ingenious solutions - a cooling system made with a fridge that doubles as ice-cream machine, a burst of speed from a rocket blaster.

Soon the workshop is almost empty, but the last scraps might be just enough to solve Gus’s own problem at the end of a long day.

Reading Age: 3 - 6 Years
RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Gwenda Turner's Christchurch

Author: Turner, Gwenda

This book is an enchanted look at Christchurch pre-earthquake and shows why the city was the envy of many others around the world. The wonderful photos, illustrations and accompanying text show the wonderful history and architecture that was preserved along the city's tram route.

Artist Gwenda Turner through a blend of old photographs, mementos and original paintings, has wonderfully captured the essence and charm of Christchurch. The history and famous landmarks of Christchurch have been recreated trough spectacular panoramas. The book is full of memories and helps readers to rediscover and remember the delights of the city as it was. Interactive flaps, stencils, pull out and collaged pages also help to make this a book to be treasured.

To many this book will be a treasured reminder of a city's heritage, while for many others it will be a sad reminder of what we lost since September 2010. Either way, this book is a must have keepsake for anyone with fond memories of the garden city or who wants to preserve what nature has taken away.

RRP $35.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Hair, There and Everywhere: A Book About Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey

Author: Bailey, Jacqui

Hair, There and Everywhere is a straightforward, entertaining and friendly introduction to what happens when puberty strikes. The accessible and well researched text will reassure and prepare children who are about to go through puberty. Expert consultants have been used to ensure the level of information is just right for the intended age range.

This book tackles some questions that those going through puberty may be too embarrassed to ask, and gives truthful answers to some other questions where the truth may be difficult to get if the reader searches for it in other places. Hair, There and Everywhere also does something that children going through puberty needs, it boosts their moral and explains that what they are going through is normal.

With the help of cartoon style images diagrams and a sprinkling of humour, this book not only informs teens of what they can expect, it helps to appreciate their own body more. It doesn’t just cover physical aspects of puberty either, but also the emotional aspects, how to eat properly, form relationships, stay safe and websites they can visit for further information (although they tend to be UK websites).

Teenagers may find sections on overcoming shyness, bullying, fitting in, friendships, finding out bout their sexual feelings and dating particularly useful as it may be easier to get straight answers in this book than elsewhere. Hair, There and Everywhere covers everything teenagers should know about the changes they are going through and the way these changes might not only affect themselves but those around them. It shows that these changes are normal and dispels some of the myths especially around sexuality and what is normal. It should be a must read for any child about to start puberty.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Franklin Watts title

Hairy Maclary and Friends Cuddle and Play: A crinkly cloth book

Author: Dodd, Lynley

This cloth book features rascally Hairy Maclary and his rollicking gang, as well as Slinky Malinki, the cheeky and cheerful black cat, and pittery, pattery Zachary Quack.

Babies will love playing with the crinkly pages and cuddling up the adorable characters from the bestselling Hairy Maclary and Friends™ series by Lynley Dodd.

Reading age 0-2 years
Cloth Book
RRP: $26.00
By Dame Lynley Dodd
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library by Lynley Dodd

Author: Dodd, Lynley

What do Hairy Maclary and his friends like to do? Find out in this rollicking little box of books!

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library introduces the mischievous Hairy Maclary and his gang in a set of books that are perfect for little hands. Meet bumptious and bustly Hairy Maclary, blacker than black Slinky Malinki, pittery pattery Zachary Quack and Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum! This colourful collection of four chunky, mini board books presented in a bright slipcase box will become a firm family favourite.

Reading Age: 3+years
4 little hardbacks RRP NZ$14.99
Publisher: Puffin/Penguin Randomhouse NZ

Hairy Maclary and Friends Touch and Feel Book by Lynley Dodd

Author: Dodd, Lynley

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy finally appears in an interactive touch and feel book. This attractive production has different textures on every page spread. Children can now explore the textures of Bitzer Maloney all skinny and Bony, Muffin McLay like a bundle of hay, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's dairy and the rest of the gang.

In this book, Lynley Dodd introduces her famous characters from the popular Hairy Maclary series to younger readers by way of texture and feel. Effort has gone into creating different textures on each page, while matching as much as possible the feel that each dog (or cat) would have. It isn't just the texture of the animals though that readers get to experience. They can feel the texture of a fence, garage door and even a dog's cushion. This interactive book is sure to be a best seller.

RRP $19.95
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Hairy Maclary Treasury: The Complete Adventures of Hairy Maclary by Dame Lynley Dodd

Author: Dodd, Lynley

Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy...

Ever since Hairy Maclary first trotted out of the gate and off for a walk, he has been adored by millions of children and adults all over the world. For the very first time, Lynley Dodd's ten classic stories starring Hairy Maclary are brought together in this treasury. It also includes a CD with each tale specially introduced by Lynley Dodd herself.

The Hairy Maclary Treasury is the complete collection of Hairy Maclary's mischievous and mad adventures, which children will love to read and listen to over and over.

The complete collection of Hairy Maclary stories is as follows:

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy; Hairy Maclary's Bone; Hairy Maclary Scattercat; Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper; Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet; Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness; Hairy Maclary, Sit; Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack; Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks; Hairy Maclary, Shoo.

Picture Book in Verse Ages: 2 – 7 years
Hardback cover
RRP: NZ$50.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Hairy Maclary, Hide and Seek by Lynley Dodd

Author: Dodd, Lynley

A Lift-the-Flap Book

This sturdy lift-the-flap board book stars the lovable rascal Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.

Greywacke Jones was hunting a bee.
But where was Hairy Maclary?
Hairy Maclary is playing hide and seek. Can you find him?
In this lift-the-flap board book the loveable and mischievous Hairy Maclary is hiding from the neighbourhood cats. But then he comes nose to nose with Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town.
This interactive board book is perfect for young Hairy Maclary fans. With easy to lift flaps and bouncy rhythm, it will keep young hands occupied and young minds engaged.

Reading Age 2+years RRP Hardcover NZ$17.99
Publisher: Publisher Penguin Randomhouse NZ

Hairy Maclary, Shoo and Hairy Maclary, Sit by Lynley Dodd

Author: Dodd, Lynley

For most New Zealand children, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy will need no introduction. With their delightful prose and fun illustrations, it is no wonder they remain so popular. These are Lynley Dodd’s latest two stories featuring the adventurous black dog and his friends.

In Shoo, Hairy Maclary takes a ride in a delivery van and finds himself far away from Donaldson’s Dairy. What is worse is that he seems unwanted everywhere he goes. Will he find somewhere where people don’t say shoo to him, and can he find his way back to the dairy?

In Sit, Hairy Maclary is in obedience class but refuses to obey, and leads his friends in a revolt. Where will they go, what will they do? It is sure to be fun for the dogs and for the reader too.

RRP $16.99 each
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Picture Puffin title

Hamish and the Neverpeople by Danny Wallace

Author: Wallace, Danny

Illustrated by Jamie Littler

Nobody knows it yet, but the people of Earth are in big, big trouble.
Like - HUGE trouble. Oh, come on, where's your imagination? Double what you're thinking!
And it's all got to do with a shadowy figure, an enormous tower, some sinister monsters, huge clanking and thundering metal oddballs, and people who are just like you... but not like you at all.
Luckily Hamish and the PDF are around to help save the day! Aren't they??

For Ages: 8 to 13.
Paperback RRP: NZ$17.99 Ebook NZ11.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK

Hand Me Down by Michelle Holman

Author: Holman, Michelle

When bad girl, April Ritchie returns home after a nine year absence, not too many of the townsfolk are happy to see her. Her spoilt brat behaviour has never won her many friends and her fast exit from town on the night of her seventeenth birthday left many questions.

Now daddy's little girl is reduced to working as a kiss-o-gram girl in a red rubber dress and most of the town seem to be happy about it. It seems in fact like everyone has a bone to pick with April, especially Tarn Elliott, whose reputation she unfairly ruined.

Tarn wants revenge and April has secrets she doesn't want to share, so will April's life be ruined or will the locals finally see beyond the blonde's tough exterior to the real girl inside?

While this book is set in a fictional town in Central Otago, it could be easily set in any small town. It is a romance that is sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always entertaining.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Hang In There Bozo: The Ruby Redfort Emergency Survival Guide for Some Tricky Predicaments by Lauren Child

Author: Child, Lauren

From the fictional thirteen-year-old detective and secret agent comes a not so fictional survival guide on how to survive a bunch of tricky situations. It even comes with a warning not to try the tips at home because if they are not followed correctly they can be very dangerous.

In between the situations and dangers that readers are unlikely to find themselves in like meeting the queen, encountering aliens, or being eaten by an anaconda, there is more practical advice like how to deal with bullies (by ignoring them), how to survive being caught in a rip, how to build shelter and how to make a compass.

In all, this is a very entertaining, informative and sometimes useful book that will particularly appeal to fans of Ruby Redfort or those who have a penchant for finding themselves in dangerous situations.

RRP $4.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Hannah's Night by Komako Sakai

Author: Sakai, Komako

Hannah's Night is a delightful tale for preschoolers about a young girl who wakes up in the night to find everyone else in the house asleep, but an exciting night time world. With no-one awake to tell her off, she can do just as she pleases and explore the house at night.

This book combines simple language with beautiful images to capture the innocence and wonder of children at play. It also shows young children how the night is not scary or something to fear. The beautiful story and pictures might help children to not be frightened of sleeping on their own at night.

Hannah's Night is a peaceful, meditative story with moments of humour that is a great bedtime or naptime story.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Happy Feet's Incredible Journey

Author: Various Authors

On June 21st, 2011, a lonely emperor penguin stepped onto Peka Peka beach and into stardom. He had swum further from Antarctica than any other emperor penguin in recorded history. This delightful book follows Happy Feet's incredible story from the penguin's point of view.

This is more than just a storybook for young children though, as scroll shaped boxes on every page give facts about Happy Feet and Emperor Penguins in general. Some of the facts are illustrated with photos and maps while the story is illustrated with a collage of photo and illustration.

Happy Feet's Incredible Journey is a book that requires reading twice as (particularly with younger children) it is easy to get lost if you try reading both the story in the facts in one sitting. In reality though this is a book that will be read again and again both for the delightful, unique story and the learning experience.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Parts One and Two Playscript

Author: Rowling, J.K.
Tiffany, John
Thorne, Jack

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play’s world premiere was presented in London's West End on 30th July 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Playscript Parts 1 & 2 based on the original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, now a play by Jack Thorne and winner of 9 record-breaking Olivier awards.
Reading age 10 to 15 years
RRP: NZ 21.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Harry Potter Film Wizardry from the creative team behind the celebrated movie series

Author: Various Authors

If you ever wondered how the very successful Harry Potter movies were created, this is the book for you. With contributions by various members of the cast and production crew, you will be able to find out how a bunch of muggles were able to create a magical world and bring Jo Rowling’s visions to life.

The book is presented in the form of a scrapbook and includes never before seen concept art and photos including Rowling’s own sketch to explain the layout of Hogwarts to production staff. There are also high quality close-up pictures of the props, sets, costumes and effects that bring Harry’s world to life on the screen. Some special interactive features are included such as reproductions of Harry’s letter of acceptance from Hogwarts, a Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes product catalogue, a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher training book, a Potter Stinks/ Support Cedric Diggory badge and an advanced potion making mini book.

The book explains how creatures like Dobby were created, how Hedwig was trained and how the game of Quidditch was brought to life. Readers will also find out how Hagrid was made to look larger than life and what it is like to spend over half your life on a movie set. Readers might be amazed to find how much detail goes into each set and at the amount of preparation that goes into creating each scene.

This book will be enjoyed by any fan or Harry Potter or any student wanting to enter the movie industry.

RRP $59.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers under the Collins Design title

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Author: Brown, Jennifer

Hate List is a book that really has to be set in the USA, and is rather topical of events that happen far too frequently there, where a student takes a gun and goes on a rampage at a school. This novel is written from the point of view of the girlfriend who is left behind to face problems and a mix of feelings about her by the school and wider public.

When Valerie Leftman's boyfriend Nick opened fire on the high school cafeteria, she was as surprised as everyone else. She was also lucky to be alive, being the last victim shot before Nick turned the gun on himself. But immediately afterwards questions were being asked about Valerie's involvement, questions that five months later have not been satisfactorily answered. That is because Valerie is not as blameless as she might like to think as it was a list that she created with Nick that he used to select targets, a list of people they hated at school. Then there are other students who heard her discuss suicide with Nick.

Witness accounts vary too as some say that Valerie appeared to fall before the shot, while others say she got between Nick and the rest of the students on purpose. Even the police can't work out her involvement and whether she was a victim or it was a double suicide- murder gone wrong.

Valerie doesn't even know herself whether she is a hero or a villain. She still loves Nick and was able to see the good in him where others couldn't. She does need to come to terms with the tragedy though and to find herself again in order to move on. Now she is back at her own school, five months later to do just that, but is also haunted by memories of Nick and the reasons why she had written names on the hate list.

Valerie must come to terms with her own guilt and grief if she is to move on though, and must also navigate rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved. Valerie now has to face things more terrifying than the bullet.

Hate list is a very memorable read with strong messages about bullying, taking time to find what people really are like and about the tragedies and trauma that such violence leaves behind. It is a book about changing reality and turning away from hate. It is a challenging subject and unfortunately I suspect there are some to whom this book will just confirm a view on how to in death gain fame they don't think possible while alive, which is unfortunate as the book rally shows hope and how things can change. Valerie had that opportunity to change her life and make something of it, Nick didn't.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Little Brown title

Have You Seen My Giraffe? By Michelle Robinson

Author: Robinson, Michelle

Illustrated by: Claire Powell

Did you know that they don’t give away goldfish at the fairground anymore? You can win a giraffe instead. So much better! Although, you might come across a few problems when you bring your cute new pet home. Giraffes tend to be big and clumsy, so here is a handy guide of all the best places to hide them...

In this gorgeous book by award-winning author Michelle Robinson, with illustrations from the brilliant new one-to-watch picture book talent Claire Powell, learn what to do when you find yourself with a pet giraffe in need of a hiding place!

Reading age 4+ years
RRP: Cardboard bubble feel cover NZ$28.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Healing Our History: The Challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi by Robert Consedine and Joanna Consedine

Author: Consedine, Robert
Consedine, Joanna

In this updated version, the authors explore the Treaty of Waitangi, Pakeha identity and the relevance of the Treaty today. Healing our History was first published in 2001 and written as a result of the popular Waitangi Associates treaty workshops run by Robert Consedine. Since the 1990s Robert has worked with a network of Maori and Pakeha to establish a successful workshop process that enabled Pakeha to learn about, New Zealand's colonial history and to understand its implications today.

Robert's unique take on the subject illustrates how all New Zealanders can discover a new sense of personal and national identity that respects and honours the Treaty relationship.

Healing our History offers readers a great chance to explore their own identity and to get to know the Treaty of Waitangi better. The 2012 addition also expands on curre3nt critical issues including the foreshore and seabed debate, Maori access to political power and developments in Maori education. It is a book that evokes discussion and dialogue on treaty issues.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Heart of Dread - GOLDEN by No 1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa De La Cruz

Author: De La Cruz, Melissa

In this epic conclusion to the trilogy, Nat and Wes go on a journey to find the Rift, save the source of magic and defeat the Drau, the pirates, and the RSA - but at a great sacrifice. Wes is dying, and as he's rotting the Drau will let the rot "cleanse" the source of magic, dooming Wes forever. Nat and Wes discover that the source of the magic lies in the Drakon - the key to the Blue, the protector, the soul of the world. But in order to close the Rift, a great sacrifice is needed. Nat must decide to sacrifice her beloved drakon in order to save the world, and to save Wes. In the words of the sylphs, death is life, and now the worlds can be reborn again. Reading age: 13 to young adult.

RRP: $19.99 Paperback RRP EBK $13.99 Publisher: Hachette New Zealand
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Helga's Diary by Helga Weiss translated by Neil Bermel

Author: Weiss, Helga

Helga's Diary is a riveting account of life in a concentration camp through the eyes of young Czech Jewish girl. This is more than just a diary of life in a concentration camp however.

It starts in Prague in 1938, where her father was employed by the state bank and her mother was a dressmaker. Helga was eight years old and one of 45,000 jews in Prague at that time. After the Nazi invasion things became increasingly worse as her father was denied work, schools were closed to her and her family was confined to their flat. Then the deportation began and her friends and family started to disappear.

In 1941, Helga and her parents were sent to the concentration camp of Terezin. Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezin, and later deported to Auschwitz she was one of only 100 to survive the Holocaust. During the time in these camps she documented the harsh conditions, disease and suffering along with moments of friendship, creativity and hope.

Her uncle bricked her Terezin diary into a wall to preserve it when she was sent along with her mother to Auschwitz and her father is never heard of again.Meraculously both her and her mother survive the horrors of Auschwitz and the gruelling transports of the last days of the war.

The diaries consist of two stapled school notebooks and a stack of paper that she used once the notebooks ran out. They not only include her writings but also sketches. There have been previous versions of the diaries but this current edition presents Helga's journals as a daily diary as per her wishes.

Also included in this book are maps of the places she went, and an informative interview with her.

This is a moving, memorable and touching account of life in the concentration camps. It is one of the most vivid and comprehensive testimonies written during the holocaust ever to be written and provided insight into harrowing times.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Hellfire by Ed Macy

Author: Macy, Ed

In 2006, Ed Macy was part of an elite group of pilots assigned to the controversial Apache AH Mk1 gunship programme. For a start, the monstrously expensive attack helicopters had their detractors and had done little to prove the critics wrong, but one event in the skies over the Afghan settlement of Now Zad was to change this. Under fire, and out of options, Ed had one chance to save himself and the British soldiers on the ground. It meant using a weapon in the Apache’s arsenal that had never been fired before in combat, its fearsome hellfire missile.

That one split second decision forever changed the course of the Afghan war. Overnight the Apache went from expensive liability to the British Army’s greatest asset. It was also the start of a steep learning curve for Ed and his mates, fighting missions fraught with danger against a constantly evolving enemy. Hellfire is the account of operations carried out in Afghanistan by 656 Squadron Army Air Corps over several months in 2006.

Hellfire is the second book from ex-British Army pilot Ed Macy. His first book, Apache covered the now legendary Jugroom Fort rescue in January 2007, for which Ed was awarded the Military Cross.

For anyone interested in avionics, military history or the war in Afghanistan, this is a must read. It gives good insight into what it takes to fly an Apache gunship and some of the capabilities that make it such a devastating machine. Readers will also discover some of the realities of fighting a quickly evolving enemy like the Taliban.

Through his own story of how he came to be flying Apaches, ed also gives readers important messages on setting goals, not being put off by obstacles and how by hard work and determination you can achieve them. While in 2 Para, Ed was determined to get into the SAS, but a car accident put an end to that dream and almost put an end to his career as a soldier. He then thought if he couldn’t make into the SAS regiment, at least he could fly with them, starting him on a new goal to be an army pilot and leading him to be selected as a member of another elite group.

RRP $36.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

Author: Bennett, Joe

Told as only Joe Bennett could, this is a look at Dubai, a city that has risen from virtually nothing to an awful lot in little more than thirty years. It has become a boom town, a modern marvel, a commercial and transportation hub, a playground for tourists and a point where Middle East meets wealthy west. It is filled with ex-pats, was built by Indians and is owned by the Arabs. Joe Bennet asks the questions can it go on, has it sold itself for the commercial dollar, is it any more than a mall in the desert and will the sands return? Then travels to the world’s weirdest city to get the answers.

Joe’s journey spans the elite suburban castles and golf clubs of Dubai’s nouveau (ex-patriate) riche, to the makeshift cricket pitches of the Indian construction workers who built the city. He visits places as strange as no-strip strip clubs, indoor ski hills, and watch-and-wait slaughterhouses.

In his unique cocktail of sympathy, scepticism, humour and curiosity, he extracts the stories of diverse individuals that make up Dubai’s diverse population. For Bennett it was the millions of contrasts of an apparent Western free market set in a Muslim country that piqued his interest. In this book he reveals a country that at once can be cruel and also a source of hope, free of boundaries yet highly censored, exploitative and full of opportunity.

Whether you are wanting to learn more about this interesting city, are interested in a society made up of an amalgam of different cultures or just want an entertaining and humorous read, I can recommend this book. Joe Bennett has the ability to make observations on society humorous and entertaining yet informative at the same time. The result is a very memorable book.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Hello World! Written and Illustrated by Paul Beavis

Author: Beavis, Paul

A new adventure featuring the lovable characters from Mrs Mo's Monster.

A wonderful story of adventure and friendship, and a little monster who doesn’t like to wait–so he decides to step out into the world for the first time.

Mr. and Mrs. Mo are busy painting the house, and the monster is bored ... until he gets a grand idea: he’s off to see the world! But his adventure becomes bigger than he expected, and the monster wishes Mrs. Mo had come after all - with some sandwiches.

Ages: 1 - 6 yrs
RRP: $19.99 Paperback or in Hardback $29.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

HELOISE by Mandy Hager

Author: Hager, Mandy

What happens when the 12th century's most famous French lovers are caught in the crossfire of factions, religious reform and blind ambition? Heloise is a determined young woman with an exceptional mind, longing to pursue learning rather than marriage or life as a cloistered nun. Her path inevitably crosses with Peter Abelard, the celebrity philosopher, theologian and master at Paris' famed Cathedral School. When two such brilliant minds meet and engage, sparks are likely to ignite. But theirs is an impossible love. This is a time when the Gregorian Reforms are starting to bite and celibacy among the clergy and church officials is being rigorously imposed. Based on meticulous up-to-date research and the pair's own writings, this novel offers a plausible interpretation of the known facts and a vivid imagining of the gaps in this legendary story. It shines a light on a changing world whose attitudes and politics are not so very different from our own.

RRP: $38,00
Publisher: Penguin NZ

Helper and Helper by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop

Author: Cowley, Joy
Bishop, Gavin

More funny stories and wry observations with the bestselling Snake and Lizard.
Helper and Helper is a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for children and Young Adults.

Reading age: 8 to 10 years
RRP: Hard back $NZ22.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Hene and the Burning Harbour by Paula Morris

Author: Morris, Paula

It is 1845 New Zealand. Hene and her twin brother Taehi's happy, carefree, and simple life on their Bay of Islands Pa was about to change forever. Warrior Chief, Hone Heke, was on the warpath causing havoc and burning the Queen's Flag wherever he ventured. Taehi, and many of the children at the Pa got struck down with a strange new sickness causing several to die. Hene's whanau sent her to nearby Pihia to stay at the missionary school until the sickness left the Pa. She loved her freedom at the pa, and found missionary school life, with all its rules and new customs, hard to get used to. With the arrival of a new girl, Rangi, who travelled daily from nearby Kororareka, life improved, and they soon became best friends. Rangi had confided that she was treated almost like a slave. One day Hene heard that Kororareka was under siege by Hone Heke, and when Rangi didn’t arrive at school for two days, she was worried some misfortune had struck her.

Convinced Rangi was in danger, she stowed away on a boat to try and find her.
Will Hene rescue her best friend?
Will she ever be able to return to her carefree days on the Pa?

Followers of the 'My Story' series will welcome this new series of 'New Zealand Girl'.

RRP $14.99
Publisher: Puffin Books

Henry`s Stars by David Elliot

Author: Elliot, David

If you were taken by the illustrations in "The moon & Farmer McPhee" by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by David Elliot you will love "Henry`s Stars" written and illustrated by David Elliot. "Henry`s Stars" is the companion book to "Henry`s Map" which was named one of the US School Library Journal`s Best Books of 2013.

One warm evening Henry sits on the top of his sty, gazing up at the stars. Some shine especially brightly and before his eyes, they form a picture. "I`ve found the Great Pig in the Sky!" squeals Henry. He races off at once to show all the other animals but they don’t view his exciting new constellation in quite the same way. Can Henry trust his own eyes or is he just seeing stars?

This charming new tale about Henry and his friends is all about the shiftiness of perception.

RRP: NZ$19.99
Publisher: Random House (NZ)

Here We Lie

Author: McKenzie, Sophie

On holiday with family and her adoring fiancé, Jed, Emily couldn't be happier. But overnight, the idyllic trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of the group is found dead in what appears to be a terrible accident. The devastated party returns to London to cope with their loss while trying to resume their normal lives. But new revelations shed a shocking light on the holiday tragedy and set Emily on a perilous journey to discover the truth about what happened. Soon a terrifying series of threats and lies bring her face to face with the dark truths at the heart of her family - and into life-threatening danger...

Adult Fiction
Author: Sophie McKenzie
NZ$ 32.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

If there is such a thing as a spin-off series in books, then this is possibly one. Heroes of Olympus takes us to Percy Jackson’s world minus Percy Jackson.

The story starts with Jason finding himself on a bus heading to an unknown place with some delinquents he doesn’t recognise, but who know him. He doesn’t know how he got on the bus, why he is there or even who he is. Jason even has an attractive girlfriend he can’t remember, and she is not easy to forget. The only one who doesn’t seem to know him is the coach. Leading the bus trip, now why could that be?

Jason is one of three half bloods on the trip, the only problem is, despite his strong powers, he really doesn’t know who he is and danger is on its way. He is surprised when the coach turns into a mythical creature and even more surprised when one of his classmates turns into something resembling an evil angel and hits him with a lightning bolt, but not as surprised as he should be when the gold coin in his pocket turns into a golden sword.

It doesn’t take long to find out who the lost hero might be, as after the evil monsters arrive, Annabeth arrives on a chariot looking for none other than her boyfriend Percy Jackson. She takes Jason, his girlfriend Piper and best friend Leo back to Camp Half-Blood, the only safe place for the children of the Greek gods. The camp doesn’t seem safe for the newcomers though as monsters roam the woods and demigods practice archery with explosives and flaming arrows. There are also rumours of a terrible curse.

Now the three of them seem to be the chosen ones and are sent on a quest which must be completed by Winter Solstice, in just four days time. The quest is to save Jason’s patron, Hera from the giant Porphyrion. Can the trio succeed on their deadly mission and learn to unlock their powers? Also what does the strange tattoo on Jason mean and why does he know the Roman names for things rather than the Greek god names?

Rick Riordan has started another great adventure series featuring ancient gods in a modern world. Although the book is written in third person, it alternates between the points of view of the three main characters, with each chapter headed by the name of the person whose point of view is expressed or story is told. It is an exciting fantasy, mystery – thriller for young adults and doesn’t require reading the Percy Jackson series in order to be enjoyed, although some prior knowledge of Percy Jackson’s world would be beneficial. Those who loved the Percy Jackson series will also love this book, even if the hero they are used to takes a back seat in this series.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Heroes Of Olympus: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

Fans of Rick Riordan will be pleased that the latest instalment of his Heroes of Olympus series has been released. It also sees the return of Percy Jackson as the time has come for Roman and Greek demigods to unite.

Annabeth is terrified. Just when Annabeth is about to be reunited with Percy-after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera-it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can't blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

This is only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find-and close-the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. It is a book that fans of Riordan will love, as he once again incorporates stories of ancient gods with our modern day world.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

The Son of Neptune is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series, set around special camps for children born of relationships between gods and mortals. There is a camp for the children of Greek gods and another for Roman Gods. Fans of Percy Jackson who have been left wondering what happened to him will also be left wondering no more as the son of Poseidon has found himself in the roman camp for half-bloods.

The Son of Neptune opens with Percy Jackson being chased by the Gorgon sisters who intendto kill Percy to avenge the death of their sister but Percy has amnesia and doesn't understand why they are chasing him. He barely escapes and stumbles upon an old lady named June who gives him a choice either he can carry her across the highway, through the Caldecott, and across the Little Tiber river where he will lose the Curse of Achilles, feel pain, loss, and misery beyond anything he's ever known and slowly regain his memory, or he can retreat the safety of the sea and live a long, happy life.

Percy chooses to carry her, and when he gets to Camp Jupiter, , he meets two other demigods: Hazel and Frank. Percy saves Frank from the Gorgons by creating huge hands from the water of the Little Tiber. Percy is taken to the camp, because of his age (16) he is asked if he has seen another demigod, Jason who featured in the first book of the series and who is missing, but Percy is still suffering from memory loss.

In fact there is just one name Percy remembers from the past, Annabeth.

Percy's questing days aren't over though. Percy, Hazel and Frank must face the most important quest of all, .the Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it is not only the camp that is at risk but Percy's old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed.

Rick Riordan has once again created a thrilling adventure combining ancient myths and gods with the modern day world. In this book he also has written a novel that will appeal to fans of both the Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus series.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Author: Kepnes, Caroline

A Novel

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…

Adult Fiction
RRP: $32.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Hidden Hours by Sara Foster

Author: Foster, Sara

Keeping her secret may save her family.

But telling it may save her life.

Arabella Lane, senior executive at a children’s publisher, is found dead in the Thames on a frosty winter’s morning after the office Christmas party. No one is sure whether she jumped or was pushed. The one person who may know the truth is the newest employee at Parker & Lane – the office temp, Eleanor.

Eleanor has travelled to London to escape the repercussions of her traumatic childhood in outback Australia, but now tragedy seems to follow her wherever she goes. To her horror, she has no memory of the crucial hours leading up to Arabella’s death – memory that will either incriminate or absolve her.

As Eleanor desperately tries to remember her missing hours and uncover the events of that fateful night, her own extended family is dragged further into the dark, terrifying terrain of blame, suspicion and guilt.

Caught in a crossfire of accusations, Eleanor fears she can’t even trust herself, let alone the people around her. And soon, she’ll find herself in a race against time to find out just what happened that night – and discover just how deadly some secrets can be.

Adult Fiction
NZ$ 35.00
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Hideaways by Sam Stuchbury & Hilary Ngan Kee

Author: Stuchbury, Sam
Ngan Kee, Hilar

A stunning showcase of tucked-away escape spots all over New Zealand, and a tribute to a simpler way of life.

Hideaways is a celebration of quintessential New Zealand holiday escapes: mountain huts, coastal baches, riverside cribs, converted silos, hunting shacks, and more.

Breathtaking photography and evocative text explore far-flung retreats from around the country, with a focus on the unique, secluded and romantic — each offering a change of pace, a chance to disconnect.

A beautiful tribute to getting away from it all.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP hardcover $NZ55.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House


Author: Lewis, Susan

The surprising new novel from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Moment She Left. Andee Lawrence is in heaven. Well, the South of France to be exact.
Ex-detective Andee has swapped freelance investigation and a broken marriage, for two months in Provence, renovating a beautiful villa with the new man in her life. Pottering around a small picturesque town on an early summer's day, she is at peace.
But her world is about to be shattered.
'Remember me?'

Two words spoken by a woman from the back of a car that say so much yet reveal so little.
As the car drives away Andee is left reeling, overwhelmed by shock, confusion, self-doubt and mounting trepidation.
Almost thirty years ago, fourteen year old Penny had disappeared from her family's life, never to be heard from again. It is the missing child case that has haunted Andee her whole life; And now Penny - Andee's sister - is back.
The question is: why?

Reading age: Young adult to Adult
RRP NZ$36.99
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse New Zealand

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Author: Silvera, Adam

You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you should know I’m really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn’t the first promise you’ve broken. OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means...

Praise for History is All You Left Me
"History Is All You Left Me overflows with tenderness and heartache. Even when its hero is screwing up royally, maybe especially then, Silvera's humanity and compassion carve out a space where it's not the falling that's important, it's how you pick yourself back up. There isn't a teenager alive who won't find their heart described perfectly on these pages." Patrick Ness

"Adam Silvera is a master at capturing the infinite small heartbreaks of love and loss and grief. History Is All You Left Me is a beautiful meditation on what it means to survive devastating loss. This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." Nicola Yoon

For Ages: 12 and up

RRP: $20.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Home: Civilian New Zealanders Remember the Second World War by Alison Parr

Author: Parr, Alison

While there are many books written about those who fought in the Second World War, this book tells the stories of some who for various reasons remained civilians in New Zealand during this period. It is based on frank, in-depth interviews with eighteen New Zealanders and gives readers an idea of the social, physical, financial and emotional toll on families and communities during this time.

It is written in an accessible style with honest, often surprising, personal and heartfelt recollections that are even sometimes told with humour. It gives a real feel for the thoughts and feelings of people who spent the Second World War in this country.

Home is highly illustrated with photographs, many of which have not been previously published, and reveals the reality of civilians during wartime in New Zealand. We see how the chronic uncertainty, the fear of enemy invasion, the deprivations that came with rationing, and the intensity of wartime relationships took their toll.

Readers will find out about those who took a pacifist stand against the war, and others who tried to hide their embarrassment when they were excluded from military service. There are stories of some of the many who faced anxiety of long distance separation from loved ones and the possibility of never seeing them again. Also this book covers the toll of grief felt by those left behind when they heard a person they loved died in a far-away land.

Author, Alison Parr is Senior Oral Historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. She is also a former journalist who has worked for 25 years in television and radio.

This book makes a good addition to any study of the Second World War, covering sections of society in New Zealand that are often overlooked because they were not directly involved in the conflict. Home also gives a real sense of the feelings of society during this period of turmoil.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

HOME: new writing edited by Thom Conroy

Author: Various Authors

Fine essays from twenty-two of New Zealand’s best writers.

A compendium of non-fiction pieces held together by the theme of ‘home’ and commissioned from twenty-two of New Zealand’s best writers. Strong, relevant, topical and pertinent, these essays are also compelling, provocative and affecting.

What is home when it’s a doorway on a city street because you are homeless? What is home for urban M?ori returning to their tribal lands? How do refugees make new homes while coping with the fact that their old homes are in ruins?

In this marvellous collection, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Laurence Fearnley, Elizabeth Knox, Ian Wedde, Tina Makereti, Sarah Jane Barnett, Sue Wootton, Ingrid Horrocks, Brian Turner, Helen Lehndorf, Paula Morris, Anna Gailani, Nick Allen, Diane Comer, Gina Cole, Ashleigh Young, Lloyd Jones, Thom Conroy, Jillian Sullivan, Bonnie Etherington, James George and Martin Edmond show that the art of the essay is far from dead.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: Paperback NZ39.99
Publisher: Massey University Press

Homemade Happiness by Chelsea Winter

Author: Winter, Chelsea

Join Chelsea as she shares the recipes she loves to cook for family and friends. In this much anticipated follow-up to her bestselling books Everyday Delicious and At My Table, there's a recipe to suit every occasion — from speedy weeknight dinners to special celebrations, irresistible baking, soul-warming desserts and tasty lunchbox treats to tempt even the fussiest eater. As Chelsea says, home-cooked food makes the world a better place, and with this scrumptious collection of recipes you're promised plenty of good times cooking for those you love.
Homemade Happiness is all about taking the time to make and share honest-to-goodness food. There's no fancy, hard-to-find ingredients or complicated cooking techniques — just a vast array of delicious recipes designed to make you a legend in your own kitchen.
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse NZ

House by Aleksandra Machowiak and David Mizielinski

Author: Machowiak, Aleksandra
Mizielinski, David

Have you ever seen a house without walls? Is it possible to pack a house into a suitcase? Can a house behave like a turtle? What kind of house can homeless people have? Would you prefer to live in a moon, a nut or a sewerage pipe? House shows that architecture is amazing and that the space where we live doesn’t need to be a dull cube.

House is a funky and fascinating book about contemporary architecture for children. It shows that while form is dictated in part by the needs of the inhabitants and by location, it can also be distinctive and sometimes very surprising.

House contains witty, richly coloured drawings and concise, accessible descriptions of 35 extraordinary houses designed by the most prominent architects in the world. This book is of interest to anyone over eight and shows houses from around the world. It explains the concepts and inspiration for each building, also the material used and ecological options. The book is easy to use, with helpful icons making it easy to see when a house was built, the material used and what it contains at a glance. It is a great introduction into the more avant garde forms of architecture and to architecture as art forms.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

House Of Earth by Woody Guthrie

Author: Guthrie, Woody

Tike and Ella May Hamlin struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle. Living in a precarious wooden shack, Tike yearns for a sturdy home that will protect them from the treacherous elements. Thanks to a five-cent government pamphlet, he has the know-how to build a simple adobe dwelling, a structure made from the land itself and able to withstand fire, wind and the harshness of the Dust Bowl. It is a house of earth.

Tike and Ella May are subsistence farmers under siege from duststorms, drought and debt, keeping their spirits up with high hopes, roguish banter and lots of sex. The integral explicit sex might be one reason why it has taken so long for this story to be published. It can be considered quite racy by today's standards let alone when it was written in 1947. The sex in this book are an integral part of the tale as the author combines thoughts of the new building with sex scenes. This novel also seems a bit ahead of its time from the point of ecological awareness and is written from the viewprint that everything is connected to everything.

House of Earth is American folk singer Woody Guthrie's only completed novel. In his own unmistakable voice he tells of hardship and poverty but this is seemingly more about the relationship between a couple starting a family while in poverty and struggling with life's problems. If it was ever intended as an insight into the poverty of subsistence farmers or a call to live more ecologically sustainable lives it is overly subtle in doing so, with only passing mention of the hardships that every subsistence farmer of the time would endure, and also no utopian ending where adobe houses save the entire dustbowl.

Some might also get the feeling that even though this is marketed as Guthrie's only completed novel, it is not quite finished. There will be a few too many loose ends for some, while for most of the novel, not much happens. In the introduction the book is described as 'an artefact from another era' and the text perfectly captures the language and situation of the time in this part of the States. House of Earth also reflects the author's own fixation with Adobe style houses to improve building quality and living conditions of those in poverty. But perhaps like many have also done with the department of Agriculture pamphlet, dreaming does not make way for looking at practical, pragmatic ways of achieving the dream.

Personally I think that if there is anything profound to come from this novel, it is how a husband and wife (or life partners) can rely on each other when times are tough to get them through. There is not enough on the wider poverty situation of the time to make it a sociological statement and less on the practicality of a house built of earth.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

House of Robots: Robot Revolution by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Author: Patterson, James
Grabenstein, Chris

Robots on strike! Sammy's underappreciated mechanical helpers are causing chaos in book 3 of the bestselling House of Robots series.

After a few early glitches in their relationship, Sammy and his "bro-bot" E are now fast friends. In fact, E is such a valued member of the family that the other electronic occupants of the House of Robots are feeling sorely unappreciated. And when Sammy's inventor mom becomes distracted by a top-secret project, the robots soon begin to fall into disrepair. Cue a robot revolt, with the droids wreaking harmless havoc in the house! Armed with pranks like glue in the shampoo bottles and flying toast missiles, the robots demand to be cared for. It's up to Sammy and his disabled sister Maddie to keep the peace until his mom reveals her secret project ... and why it was worth the wait.

Reading Age 8 – 12 years
RRP: $18.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

House of Robots: Robots Go Wild!

Author: Patterson, James

In book two of the House of Robots series, it's 'bot brains versus 'bot brawn in an all-out war!

Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his 'bro-bot' E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie's school proxy. But disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block – and loses his ability to help Maddie.

Now it's up to Sammy to figure out what's wrong with E and save his family!

Children’s Fiction
$18.99 RRP
by James Patterson
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

How Hard Can It Be by Jeremy Clarkson

Author: Clarkson, Jeremy

If you are expecting a book of car reviews, you will be in for a surprise, but not necessarily disappointed as Jeremy Clarkson does not discuss the attributes of cars, but in his typically witty, outspoken and sometimes controversial way discusses everything from Japanese toilets to the internet, the British health system, farming and his own views on education today.

As fans of Top Gear might expect, the views expressed in this book are entirely Clarkson’s own. They may not be PC, green, or be in tune with many of the people we see on TV telling us how to run our lives, but I suspect they are the views of many out there in the real world, those of us who select a car based on whether we can get all our family in it or whether it will fit the job we intend for it rather than if it goes around saving whales or produces nothing but fresh air. .Some of the chapters are thought provoking, some are controversial and some provide a bit of an insight into the man and the world in which he lives, but all are humorous and a very entertaining read.

The chapters are actually articles that first appeared as Clarkson’s columns in the Sunday Times. It is not therefore surprising that reading this book is a good way of relaxing on a weekend. Be warned though, you may find yourself actually agreeing with the tallest man on British television.

RRP $42.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss

Author: Furniss, Clare

Hattie's summer isn't going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to "find himself" and Kat's in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum's wedding.

Oh, and she's also just discovered that she's pregnant with Reuben's baby...

Then Gloria, Hattie's great-aunt who no one previously knew even existed comes crashing into her life. Gloria is fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia.

Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery – Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are wiped from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future.
Young Adult & Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

How Not to Fall in Love, Actually

Author: Bennetto, Catherine

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy
By Catherine Bennetto

A hilarious debut for all fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lisa Owens. The perfect antidote for Valentine's Day!

Life is 10% planning, 10% design and 80% totally winging it...

Join Emma as she guides you through How Not to become accidentally knocked up at the age of 27, How Not to unceremoniously dump the father of your child, and then How Not to lose the job that (even though you hate it) is the only thing between you and being homeless...

Hilarious and heart-warming, How Not to Fall in Love, Actually will make you laugh, make you cry, and will reassure you that perhaps your life is not that bad, actually...

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $35.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

How the Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne

Author: Byrne, Rhonda

An awe-inspiring compilation of the most uplifting and powerful real-life stories from readers of the worldwide bestseller The Secret.Discover how everyday people completely transformed their lives by applying the teachings of The Secret.

Since the very first publication of The Secret a decade ago, Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling book has brought forth an explosion of real people sharing real stories of how their real lives have miraculously changed for the better. How The Secret Changed My Life presents a selection of the most heartwarming and moving stories in one inspirational volume. Each story provides an authentic, real-life illustration of the pathway that leads to success in every area of life: money, health, relationships, love, family, and career. The people in How The Secret Changed My Life show time and again that no one is excluded from living the life of their dreams.

Reading Age: 16 years to Adult
RRP: $39.99 hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

How To Be Famous written and illustrated by Michal Shalev

Author: Shalev, Michal

Delivered with dead-pan humour that appeals to adults and children alike this is a cheeky layered story about an irrepressible pigeon whose one-eyed take on the world bewilders the other zoo animals and zoo visitors....

From the pigeon

Hi, this is me! I come from a famous family. I myself am particularly famous.

You might thing you could be famous too. But I can tell you - it's not easy being perfect like me! Take a trip through the zoo with this crazy pigeon, as she preens and poses alongside all the animals, right up to the sharp teeth of a grumpy lion...

Ages 3 - 7
$29.99 Hardback
$19.99 Paperback
Publisher: Gecko Press

How to hear classical music By Davinia Caddy

Author: Caddy, Davinia

Is classical music hopelessly outdated, elitist and irrelevant to life in the 21st century? This is the question Davinia Caddy tackles in her book How to Hear Classical Music

"Concert halls are dark," says Caddy. "They have no windows. They are designed so the audience can't see outside, can't sense the passing of time or be disturbed by any external stimuli.

"So we sit, often cramped and uncomfortable, wearing fancy outfits that weren't supposed to get creased. And for the duration of the concert we keep our natural bodily processes in check: we daren't cry, laugh, call out or mutter, and of course we don't move."

Rambunctious American novelist Henry Miller would have agreed. To him, classical music concerts were "a polite form of self-imposed torture": "Even before the music begins there is that bored look on people's faces," he wrote in Tropic of Cancer.

But wait: aren't there other ways of hearing this music, so beloved of many?

Caddy certainly thinks so. Her quest takes her around the world, from a project started by a man in the UK to provide pianos in open public spaces, where anyone and everyone can tinkle the keys, to a slum settlement in a Paraguay city, where children make instruments for their orchestra out of garbage in a landfill.

She also points out that, like it or not, classical music is now so ubiquitous it's inescapable. It's in shopping malls, restaurants, lifts, gyms, and most irritating of all, when you're on hold on a phone – and it's almost always Vivaldi.

Caddy is, of course, crazy about classical music. A senior lecturer at Auckland University's School of Music, she's also a flautist with many music scholarships to her name. And her book is inspiring:

RRP $26
Publisher: AWA Press

How To Play Cricket by Don Bradman

Author: Bradman, Don

If you are interested in cricket, here is the chance to learn about the art of playing the sport by the greatest batsman ever. Sir Don Bradman averaged 99 runs in his test career. Many top batsmen today are struggling to average just half that amount of runs. It isn't as if the game was much easier at that time either, as pitches were not as good to play on and The Don played through the infamous bodyline series. In fact the controversial Bodyline tactic was developed specifically to end his prolific scoring ability.

This book is a reprint of a classic, and while some of the gear might be a bit dated, the principals and techniques described by Sir Don have as much relevance today as they did when the book was first written. Every aspect of the game is covered and it provides essential reading for players and coaches alike.

Not surprisingly the majority of this book is on batting skill. The book is written as a friendly chat rather than dictating how a player should play as The Don recognises that individual style is important. The book was created because when he was young there were no books available on how to play the game and he wanted to pass on his knowledge to younger players. It is a book to be read at leisure with readers taking as much or as little out of it as they want. It will help improve games whether you are a coach, batsman, bowler or all rounder. Unlike other books I have seen on the subject, there are also sections on umpires and running between wickets. It is a book written by an international player with a love of the game for anyone with a love for the game and dreams of becoming an international player.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: New Holland

How To Sell Toothpaste by Leonie Thorpe

Author: Thorpe, Leoni

Dom has left school and is about to launch into the real world. All his friends have their futures mapped out, but Dom is distinctly lukewarm about the prospect of doing a degree in science. Before he has to commit, however, there is the holiday job painting his dad's offices.

Dom's father is an award-winning creative in an advertising firm. His greatest success however seems to be the ability to look younger and cooler than his 17 year old son. Annoyed that his dad is better at acting like a teenager, Dom decides to take him on in his own turf and when a marketing manager wants to make his toothpaste a best seller, he sees his chance. After all it is only selling stuff to loosers, how hard can it be?

How to sell toothpaaste is a witty and light hearted look at the worlds of advertising and consumerism. It is a book that teenagers will love and has a main character most will be able to identify with.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

How To Train Your Dragon: Book 12: How to Fight a Dragon's Fury by Cressida Cowell

Author: Cowell, Cressida

Dragons vs Humans: is this the end? Find out in the twelfth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series. Read more

It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either the humans or the dragons will face extinction. Alvin the Treacherous is about to be crowned the King of the Wilderwest on the island of Tomorrow. His reign of terror will begin with the destruction of dragons everywhere.

The fate of the dragon world lies in the hands of one young boy as he stands on the nearby isle of Hero's End with nothing to show, but everything to fight for. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third's Quest is clear. First he must defeat the Dragon Guardians of Tomorrow and prove that he is in fact the rightful king, even though Hiccup has none of the King's Things and Alvin the Treacherous has all ten of them.

And then he faces his final battle: Hiccup must fight the Dragon Furious and end the Rebellion ... ALONE.

As Doomsday draws to an end can Hiccup be the Hero of the hour? Will the dragons survive?

Reading age: 8 to 12 years
RRP: Hardback $34.99
Paperback $24.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

How To Watch The Rugby World Cup by Spiro Zavos

Author: Zavos, Spiro

Spiro Zavos is one of New Zealand's top rugby writers. He has been a rugby columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald for nearly 25 years and a contributor to influential sports website The Roar. He has also written eight acclaimed books on rugby including the best-selling 'How To Watch A Game Of Rugby'.

In this book, Zavos examines how New Zealand won the hosting rights for the Rugby World Cup, comparisons between previous winners, trends and team records before going through each pool, explaining who to look out for and why.

After looking at the current world cup and making some predictions, he explores the history of the world cup, giving an analysis of each of the previous tournaments when the Webb Ellis trophy has been on the line. The book ends with a section on how to talk about rugby in New Zealand, explaining some of the jargon, terms and peculiarities of the sport.

How To Watch The Rugby World Cup is an essential guide for anyone who plans to watch the tournament whether they are an avid fan of the game or will be seeing the spectacle for the first time. There is great information for readers to make their own informed predictions, but as the author points out ultimately the tournament is to find out who will win, therefore it is not certain that a particular team will, as All Black fans already know.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: AWA Press

Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

In a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species.

The Great War is over. The robots have won. The humans who survived have two choices: they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created, or be banished to the Reserve – a desolate and hopeless slum camp.

Now, following the orders of their soulless leader, the robots are planning to finish what the Great War started and conquer humanity's last refuge.

Six, whose family was killed with the first shots of the war, is a young woman with nothing left to lose. Escaping the Reserve with her friend Dubs, Six knows she must find a way to stop the robots, before they wipe humans off the face of the earth.

Reading age: 13 to 22 years
RRP: $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Hunting Blind by Paddy Richardson

Author: Richardson, Paddy

On a perfect summer’s day, at a school picnic, beside a lake, a little girl goes missing, leaving a family devastated and a community asking questions. Seventeen years later, her sister Stephanie is practicing as a psychiatrist. A new and difficult patient’s revelations force her to re-examine her sister’s disappearance.

The patient, Elisabeth is about the same age as Gemma would have been, and she also had a mother who was cheating on her father and having an affair with another man at the time when tragedy struck their family and her little sister went mysteriously missing. Gracie couldn’t swim, just like Stephanie’s sister Gemma, and was also presumed to have drowned. Why are their stories so similar?

Stephanie is now determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her sister and bring closure to this mystery that has haunted her family and the community of Wanaka.

Paddy Richardson has written two collections of short stories, many of which have also been broadcast on Radio New Zealand. Richardson’s work has also been highly commended in the Katherine Mansfield and Sunday Star-Times awards. Her first novel, ‘The Company of a Daughter’ was written during her year ass the Burns Fellow at Otago University in 1997. Paddy currently lives in Dunedin where she writes and teaches part-time courses in creative writing.

Hunting Blind is a moving story demonstrating how one tragedy can transform a person’s life or consume them. It also shows how sometimes it is important for people to tell someone what is troubling them, even if it seems like the most difficult thing to do at the time. Through Beth opening up to Stephanie, readers get caught in two intriguing mysteries along with the lives of the main characters. Could one man be responsible for destroying so many lives?

RRP $28.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

I Am a Dolphin by Barbara Todd with illustrations by Helen Taylor

Author: Todd, Barbara

In simple rhyme, I Am A Dolphin tells young readers about the watery world of dolphins, what makes them different from fish, what they eat and also gives some facts that even their parents might not know. There are facts at the back of the book which provide more interesting facts when the child’s vocabulary and reading skills develop further or for their parents or teachers to read to them.

I Am A Dolphin provides a good introduction to ocean life and particular some of the most popular mammals that live in it. The text is complimented not only by illustrations but by actual photographs too and is sure to spark further interest in the things that live in the sea. It also carries an environmental message, pointing out the human derived hazards that dolphins face. The book touches on some of the 36 types of dolphin including some that can be seen around New Zealand.

The rhyme makes it easy to read, learn and remember for young readers and no doubt the facts at the back will provide some useful information for projects as the children grow older making this a useful and entertaining book for young readers.

RRP $14.99
Publisher: New Holland

I Am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul

Author: Paul, Ruth

Chased to the depths of the bottomless blue; What does a tiny Jellyfish do? Jellyfish is quietly crooning in the shallows, when knife-nosed Swordfish swooshes, races and chases her, down, down, down, deep into the dark blue sea. At that moment, stealthy Squid stretches a tentacle, tussling and tossing Swordfish in the darkness. Who will help Swordfish? He makes a last wish...Then ...ON goes a light - it's Jellyfish! This delightfully funny bedtime story by an award-winning writer and illustrator has a glow-in-the-dark cover for kids to discover once the lights are turned out.

Reading age: 3 to 6 years.
RRP: Picture Book NZ$19.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House

I AM THE WOLF AND HERE I COME! By Benedicte Guettier

Author: Guettier, Benedicte

A very strong boardbook for babies and toddlers. This book has extra thick board pages, with double spread drawings and a strong cloth binding that can withstand the many reads it will definitely generate. Now translated to English this is a best-seller in France. Bold illustrations and simple text, great for reading out loud and with a fun snap ending that is guaranteed to get giggles. It's also good for discussing getting dressed and the different items of clothing.
For 0 to 2 years
RRP $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

I Can’t Sleep! By Stephanie Blake

Author: Blake, Stephanie

Illustrator: Stephanie Blake

Simon’s little brother can’t sleep without his special blanket. In this new book with the bestselling rabbit, Simon needs to show how brave he can be.

RRP Hardback NZ $29.99
Picture Book for new entrants and pre-schoolers
Publisher: Gecko Press

I Don't Know What to Call My Cat by Simon Philip

Author: Philip, Simon

Illustrated by Ella Bailey

A hilarious tale of trying to find the perfect name for a pet from a brilliant new author and a sought-after young illustrator.

Every cat needs a name. One name, one word, just a sound... It should be easy to choose one, right? WRONG!!! I just don't know what to call my cat!

Choosing the right name for a new pet is very important! Find out just what this cat’s name turns out to be in this clever and witty story from an exciting debut author and talented young illustrator.

Reading Age: 3 to 7 years
RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

I Don't Want to Go to School by Stephanie Blake

Author: Blake, Stephanie

Age 4+

Once upon a time there was a mischievous little rabbit. Maybe you know him. When his mother said: "Tomorrow is your first day of school, little rabbit." he replied: "I'm not going!"
Eyecatching cover and bold illustrations.
A great book for children about to start school

$19.99 Paperback
$34.99 Hardback
Publisher: Gecko Press

I FUNNY: SCHOOL OF LAUGHS by James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

Jamie Grimm faces his toughest gig yet in book five of the brilliant I Funny series!

Teaching other kids how to be funny is the toughest gig that Jamie Grimm has ever had, and with the highest stakes. If he fails, his school library will be shut down for good!

Even though he has a national contest trophy and a TV show under his belt, Jamie Grimm isn't one to sit back and relax. When his school has a major funding crisis, Jamie hits on a bright idea to save the day – a comedy class for the other students. Little does he know that making jokes and teaching jokes are two very different things... and he's only good at one of them.

With the fate of his school's library on his shoulders, Jamie has to dig deep to see if he has what it takes to succeed at his most difficult challenge yet.

Reading Age: 8 to 13
RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

I just get so... angry! by Timothy & Sandra Bowden

Author: Bowden, Timothy & Sandra

This book should be highly recommended for parents and teachers who have teenagers of their own.

"I just get so... angry" is a very helpful guide for modern teenagers, who suffer from problems ranging from self-image anxieties, to all the obligatory emotions hidden away under anger and depression.

Andy, the lead character is someone that most teenagers would feel comfortable in relating to.

Authors Tim and Sandra have had experience working as school counsellors therefore they possess the necessary experience in dealing with teenagers and their resulting crises on a daily basis.

RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Exisle Publishing

I Just Want To Be Me: Building resilience in young people by Timothy Bowden postgrad Dip Psych and Sandra Bowden M Ed (Couns Psych) with foreword by Dr Russ Harris

Author: Bowden, Timothy
Bowden, Sandra

Today’s children struggle with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, friendship issues and body image problems. In fact, research suggests that at any given time around 10% of students will be suffering from a mental health issue that has a direct impact on their education and health.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, also known as ACT is a form of psychotherapy pioneered by Steven C Hayes in the mid 1990’s. It has been proven to be very effective in teaching young people skills that help them cope with life’s challenges and that build mental resilience.

Through the story of Holly, this graphic novel introduces readers to ACT’s empowering principals. As she goes on a journey of self discovery, these principals are brought to life, so by the end, adolescents will feel more confident in tackling their own problems and challenges. It will help them to change their view of the world and become more resilient. The cartoon format is also helpful for those who do not like to read lengthy novels.

RRP $22.99
Publisher: Exisle Publishing

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Author: Carle, Eric

This gorgeous little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect way to say, 'I Love You, Dad!'
Dad... you're easy to talk to... even when I am feeling prickly... you are always there... that's why I love you, Dad!
Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell your dad how much you care. This lovely little book features Eric Carle's colourful artwork of animal dads and babies, with the Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. The perfect gift for Father's Day, or any day you want to say... I love you, Dad!

Reading Age: 2+ years
RRP: Hardcoverk NZ$15.99
Publisher: Publisher Penguin Randomhouse

I need a New Bum! And other stories by Dawn McMillan, illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

Author: McMillan, Dawn

This is a new release of the famous 2012 book “I Need a New Bum” along with Seagull Sid and the naughty things his seagulls did!
PLUS Doggy Doo on My Shoe. Each story in this book is great for a laugh and encourages young readers.

I need a new bum! Mine's got a crack. I can see in the mirror a crack in the back. What to do when you need a new bum? Should you get one that's blue or yellow spotted? A Chevy bum, a rocket bum that's all fire and thrust, or a robo-bum? The options are endless - but wait, Dad's bum crack is showing too? Maybe this is contagious.

Reading Age: 3 to 7 years
RRP: Paperback $NZ29.99
Publisher: Oratia Books New Zealand

I Want Spaghetti!

Author: Blake, Stephanie

Once there was a little rabbit who only wanted to eat one thing…SPAGHETTI!

From world-famous Stephanie Blake (Poo Bum) comes another picture book about the cheeky little rabbit—this one is perfect for toddlers who might recognise themselves in Simon, the fussy eater.

Author & Illustrator Stephanie Blake
1 – 4 years
RRP: 19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

I'm With The Band by Mike Chunn, Jeremy Chunn and Barney Chunn

Author: Chunn, Mike
Chunn, Jeremy
Chunn, Barney

Raucous one-night stands in sweaty pubs; snatching a few hours' sleep jammed between guitars, drums and amps in the back of a clapped-out Transit van; clubbing the paltry few dollars earned from the previous night's gig to share a feed of soggy fish and chips. That has been - and still is - the hardscrabble reality of life on the rock'n'roll highway for legions of starry-eyed teens hoping to crack the big time.

Very few hit the jackpot. The good news is avenues and outlets for musicians and songwriters today - with the advent of the Internet and social media - are more numerous than in the past. But things have also become more complicated for wannabe rockers. The days when record company talent spotters would eagerly thrust a fortune in sign-on cash at delinquent dopers and genius acid trippers have long past.

The Fun Factory has been replaced by The Music Industry. It is a business fraught with pitfalls and disappointments for naïve young musicians who just want to get on stage and play. I'm In The Band seeks to smooth the musical journey for budding rock stars; guiding them step-by-step through forming a band, songwriting, recording, choosing a manager, promotion, publishing agreements, how to get radio play and touring.

The book includes case studies, commentary and advice from experienced hands such as Supergroove, Shapeshifter, Chris Knox and Mt Eden Dubstep.

The authors are three of the well-known Chunn clan: Mike carved out his muso credentials first as a founding member of Kiwi art-rock icons Split Enz then Citizen Band. He helmed Sony Music Publishing, Mushroom Records and APRA and now heads music charity Play It Strange. Journalist Jeremy provides cautionary insights and behind-the-spotlight advice on 'the business of music' from his days playing in bands in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Barney edits Victoria's University's Salient magazine and plays with the band The Tin Soldiers.

RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Hurricane Press

If I was a Banana by Alexandra Tylee and Kieran Rynhart

Author: Tylee, Alexandra
Rynhart, Kieran

It beautifully captures the magic that a child can find in common objects and day-to-day encounters - bananas, clouds, toys, breakfast, stars.

Each of these simple things sparks a new train of thought, and the result is a gorgeous mix of the poetic and the prosaic which will touch the child - and the heart - in all of us.

Reading Age: 2 – 5
RRP: 29.99 Hardcover
Publisher: Gecko Press

Ima Cuisine by Yael Shochat with David Cohen

Author: Shochat, Yael
Cohen, David

An Israeli Mother’s Kitchen and the name of a well known Auckland deli/café.

Ima Cuisine draws on the wonderful recipes from Yael Shochat's family kitchen, both at her restaurant Ima and at home.

Celebrated Auckland personality and restaurateur Yael Shochat grew up in the Israeli portside city of Haifa, eating fresh local market foods at home and at the local Arabic and Jewish restaurants. When Yael came to New Zealand in the late 1990s the Israeli food she loved was very hard to find. Yael missed the food from Israel so much so that she opened the Lunch Box in downtown Auckland, in which to serve the food she craved. This eventually morphed into Ima, a popular restaurant and deli/cafe in Fort Street, central Auckland.

Ima (pronounced eema) means mother in Hebrew. it sums up Yael's approach to cooking and food and her generosity. Her food is fresh, honest, healthy and nurturing, and the restaurant atmosphere is warm and casual. When you go to Ima it is like entering Yael's house, guests feel immediately comfortable and at home.

Yael orginally trained as a chemist and was attending Oxford University in the UK working on her PHD when she met her husband, Andy. Cooking for Yael is something she's always loved but only started doing as a job later in life, after she moved to NZ with her young family and husband.

Explains Yael, 'Cooking has always been the focus of my life. My introduction to the kitchen, like a lot of other kids, was helping my mum make cakes and getting to lick the bowl. Then I started cooking in my early teens, and have felt at home in the kitchen ever since.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $55.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

In Love And War by Susan Jacobs

Author: Jacobs, Susan

In Love and War tells of liaisons and love affairs between New Zealand soldiers and their Italian sweethearts during World War Two. Some of these affairs resulted in marriage, leading to a new and often strained life for Italian war brides on the other side of the world.

Some of the liaisons ended when the Kiwi soldiers were posted home, although some unknowingly left behind children who would grow up without knowing their natural fathers.

While the NZ commanding officers did their best to curtail fraternisation between their charges and the civilian population, for many soldiers such a long way from home, the company of a woman was too hard to resist. The Italians in turn were eager to open their homes and hearts to the New Zealanders following the 1943Armistice and the New Zealanders found young Italian signorinas everywhere.

These are touching stories about a human side to an occupying force and the lives that can change because of wartime romance.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

In The Garden by Gillian Chandler and Ned Barraud

Author: Chandler, Gillian Barraud, Ned

In the Garden introduces children to all the common creatures they are likely to encounter in New Zealand gardens. It shows each creature in its natural habitat, but is engaging and in a storybook format making it more readable for younger readers than just a field guide. Some pages provide information covering the whole garden at a particular time, while others answer questions or provide facts and figures about some of the creatures that live in or frequent the New Zealand Garden.

Gillian chandler uses her skills as a teacher to provide an engaging yet informative book for young readers, while the wonderful illustrations of Ned Barraud reflect his passion for natural world. This book shows the garden as an accessible and complex ecosystem worth studying further either on your own or as a family.

RRP $19.99 (Paperback) or $29.99 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Craig Potton Publishing

In The Heart Of My Garden: An intimate look at Central Otago's gardens by Ian Brodie and Jill Herron

Author: Brodie, Ian
Herron, Jill

Despite the soaring heat in summer and the relentless snowfall and devastating frost of winter, beautiful gardens persist in the unique environment of Central Otago. Photographer Ian Brodie and accomplished writer, Jill Herron are passionate about gardens and Central Otago. They have combined both passions to make this splendid book and showcase some of Central Otago’s finest gardens.

In The Heart of My Garden presents original designs and planting ideas, but above all demonstrates how creating a garden, however humble can bring enormous joy and meaning to people’s lives. Every gardener has shown a spirit of determination born of a love of plants, and their tenacity is rewarded with the exquisite gardens featured in this book.

This book is not only filled with the splendour of Central Otago in bloom, but is a great source of inspiration for budding gardeners, whether it is seeing a plant that might look good in your garden or adopting a particular style or design shown. There is even a section on landscape design. The text relates specifically to Central Otago, and the efforts to produce such lovely gardens in the face of the climate extremes that the region faces. Gardeners will enjoy the photos by award-winning photographer, Ian Brodie and the efforts made by the gardeners who made this book possible.

Anyone who loves gardens will love In The Heart of My Garden.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Incredible Bakes: that just happen to be refined-sugar free! By Caroline Griffiths

Author: Griffiths, Caroline

For those looking to reduce their sugar intake, now you can have your cake and eat it too!
Get your baking fix with less of the sweet stuff. For those looking to reduce their sugar intake, now you can have your cake and eat it too!
This is a sweet baking book with a difference – all of the recipes are free from harmful sugars. Not that you’d notice it, of course – the recipes are triple-tested and completely delicious! Rather than add refined sugar, which has been shown to adversely affect health, author Caroline Griffiths has added natural sweetness using whole fruits and, sometimes, other non-fructose sweeteners, including rice malt syrup, dextrose and stevia.

Cookery for adults
RRP: NZ$46.99 Hardcover
Publisher: Smith Street Books – Released in Australia by Simon & Schuster

Inside The Medium by Kelvin Cruikshank

Author: Cruikshank, Kelvin

In his latest autobiography, Kelvin Cruikshank talks of life beyond 'Sensing Murder', about his gift and even about soul food. He talks about juggling fatherhood and a personal life with his responsibilities as a celebrity psychic medium.

Kelvin also shares extraordinary stories of channelling spirit to heal hearts, and what it is like to see dead people everywhere. For the first time, this book also introduces readers to some of his dearest friendss and family, who describe Kelvin in their own words.

This is Kelvin's most intimate book yet. It puts readers inside the mind of the medium and shows how he copes with what some see as a gift and others would see as an imposition. The book shows the real extent of his gift, what actually happens before he meets people he knows he will share information with and how accurate the spirits that converse with him are. He even talks about skeptics.

If you wanted to know about Kelvin's life, his gift and his life after 'Sensing Murder', then this is a must read. It will also appeal to all those who want to know more about mediums and the spirits who inhabit this world with us.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins

Author: Hawkins, Paula

The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon.

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now.

Reading Age: 16 years to Adult
RRP $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts

Author: Roberts, Nora

A vengeful goddess hunts for three jewels: fallen stars that will give her endless power. To save the world, six friends have joined forces to stop her. Now, on the wild and beautiful coast of County Clare, their battle reaches its dramatic climax.

Doyle - soldier and reluctant immortal - has always vowed never to return home. But when his search for the final star leads him to Ireland, it becomes clear that fate has other plans.

Solitary by inclination, Doyle is also fighting his growing attraction to archaeologist Riley Gwin. His warrior spirit is drawn to the wild - and there's no one more familiar with the wild than Riley.

As the six guardians face their final challenge, Riley and Doyle are prepared to risk their lives in battle. But without love to sustain them, the quest is doomed to failure...

Reading Age: 15 to Adult
RRP: $37.99 paperback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

It's A Metaphysical World by Marion K Williams and Elena J Michaels M. Ed edited by Lyle J Nicol

Author: Williams, Marion K
Michaels, Elena J

It's a Metaphysical World is a collection of over one hundred extraordinary short stories drawn from everyday life. Although names, locations, and incidental details have been changed, the salient facts are true. Each story deals with some aspect of metaphysical phenomena such as intuition, synchronicity, astral travel, bilocation, time warps, past lives, cell and soul memories, healings, hauntings, miracles, and sightings. Psychic sightings include everything from angels to ghosts.

The strangeness of the stories led authors Marion K. Williams and Elena J. Michaels on a fascinating journey of discovery trying to understand the world they thought they knew. All stories offer insights, and many challenge conventional scientific and religious beliefs.

If you are interested in the spiritual world, you will be fascinated by this book, although sceptics no doubt can find other explanations for each of the stories told. The authors question whether each of us has a sixth sense but some repress it more than others.
Publisher: Balboa Press

It's Not A Monster It's Me by Raymond McGrath

Author: McGrath, Raymond

This is the story of Sebastian. He just wants what all children want, to have someone sit next to him in class, to have someone to read with him, to play games and most importantly to have friends. There is however one big problem, Sebastian is a monster, and everyone runs away from him as soon as they see him.

Along comes Alex, a girl who despite her glasses can't see very well. Will she be able to look past the exterior and see the friendly side of Sebastian?

This fun story for children about feeling rejected, friendships and looking beyond a person's appearance comes with a fun, sing along CD. The fun illustrations not only add to the text but also make the text feel more like part of the picture. It is a very enjoyable picture book.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Picture Puffin title

Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush by Jack Marcotte

Author: Marcotte, Jack

Join Jack (9) and Charlie (7) as they go white baiting and fishing, panning for gold, chopping wood with their tomahawks, firing at targets with their bows and arrows, plucking ducks, camping in the bush and rafting down rivers.
Narrated by older brother Jack (with some help from his dad, the famous adventurer Josh James the Kiwi Bushman), Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush is sure to become a New Zealand family classic.

Reading Age: 10 years upwards.
RRP: $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Jack of Diamonds by Bryce Courtenay

Author: Courtenay, Brice

Born into the slums of Toronto at the end of the roaring twenties, Jack Spayd grew up with a set of rules for home, school and the street where the strong rules the weak. Guided by a teacher who believes in him, a mother who protects him from his father's drunken rages, and friend Mac, who introduces him to jazz, Jack discovers life beyond Cabbagetown.

Turning his back on a promising classical career, Jack pursues his dream of becoming a professional jazz pianist and rides the rails out west until he lands a job playing everything from Rachmaninoff to ragtime. In the dark gambling dens and honky-tonk bars in Moose Jaw, Saskatchen, Jack receives more than a musical baptism of fire as he makes a name for himself as a smart poker player.

Soon the lights of Las Vegas beckon with the promise of legal gambling and a chance for Jack to see if he can make it as a jazz piano player in the US. There is also a seedy side to Las Vegas and caught up in the world of elite poker, Jack falls under the spell of his boss, Bridgett Fuller, who has connections to the brutal Chicago Mob that run Las Vegas. When someone gets badly hurt, Jack Spayd, also known as Jack McRae or Jack Reed, ex-piano player, now jazz harmonica player and medic is forced to flee for his life.

Leaving behind the one woman he adores, Jack sets sail for Africa where he begins work at the Luswishi River Copper Mine, deep in the Belgian Congo. Soon his life-saving adventures lead to even more intrigue where he is given a rare African Grey parrot with a valuable secret, and before long Jack is drawn into a gambling ring run by ex-SS Germans.

Unfortunately for fans of Courtenay, this is his last book. He is without doubt one of Australia's best loved storytellers, but in June, 2012 doctors informed Bryce that there was no further option to cure his gastric cancer. At age 79, he made the decision not to continue with further treatment and that this would be his 21st and final book. He will be much missed in the literature world.

Jack of Diamonds is an epic tale of a man born in the slums, who becomes a talented musician, card shark, chancer, wartime medic, and miner. It is a grand and glamorous tale of a man who is neither and is sure to be yet another Courtenay bestseller. One does however get the feeling quite quickly that this was originally meant as a series, not just one book, and so this has become a condensed version of what might have been.

RRP $55.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Jackal's Revenge by Iain Gale

Author: Gale, Iain

You might get the feeling from the title that this is a sequel, and if you do, you are right. The first book was Black Jackals, where Peter Lamb and his small team of soldiers are given the job of destroying a bridge as late as possible, along the way and in the events that follow, the team face internal struggles and dilemmas.

Now, in Jackal's Revenge, Peter Lamb and his team have their retreat to England halted when they are forced to help the British forces holding the pass at Thermopylae. But their tough experiences in France have not prepared the Jackals for the savage hand to hand fighting through the mountains. Lamb's limited knowledge of command leaves him unsure about how to organise the New Zealand and Greek partisan soldiers who are added to his troop.

Once in Crete he also becomes suspicious of some of the civilians who have also fled from Greece and are taking cover with them. The bigger picture though is to defend Crete at all costs and when that means they are pitted against German Paratroopers for the first time, he must take any help he is offered, from whatever source it comes.

It is a brilliant story of a war, an inexperienced commander and the dilemmas he faces trying to pull together a variety of different elements into a powerful fighting force.

RRP $36.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke

Author: Patterson, James

James Patterson's newest hilarious heroine returns, in the sequel to the smash hit Jacky Ha-Ha.

Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she's a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer – but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere.

Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends – or will she learn that juggling isn't one of her many talents?

Reading Age: 9 to 14 years.
RRP: Paperback NZ$19.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Jade's Summer Of Horses by Amy Brown

Author: Brown, Amy

Jade's Summer of Horses is the fourth book in Amy Brown's Pony Tales series.

Jade's summer looks bleak; she has to find a home for Pip, her beautiful old mare while she has to teach the troublesome Taniwha. Then she receives some good news. Becca's Aunt Flora has a riding school by the beach in ocean bay and is looking out for a good beginner's mount. Pip would be perfect. Even better, Flora offers Jade the opportunity to come there too and learn endurance riding in return for helping out around the school.

Of course, Jade jumps at the chance and to her the riding school is heaven. A developer thinks it is heaven too, but for different reasons. He is determined to build luxury houses on the land. Jade must find a way to stop him.

Just like the previous books in the series, this book combines adventure, intrigue and horses. It is an English style equestrian novel for girls with a distinctly New Zealand flavour. This one however is less about a competition than it is about trying to stop developers from turning a riding school into apartments. It is still an excellent read that fans of Pony Tales will enjoy.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Jam by Margaret Mahy

Author: Mahy, Margaret

Meet the Castles. Mrs Castle is extremely talented, so talented in fact that she is working with scientists trying to cure sunspots. Her husband therefore stays home to look after their three small children: Clement, Clarissa and Carlo (so small they are more like cottages than castles). Mr Castle is a very good house father but one day he runs out of work so he decides to make plum jam from the plums on a tree beside their house, and that is when everything starts to go wrong.

Soon they have more jam than they know what to do with, or even have jars for. Their father is determined that no plums will be wasted. Where can he put the jam when he runs out of jars, what can they do with all the jam, and will it ever stop?

In typical Margaret Mahy style, this is a humorous book that encourages the imagination of readers. Young readers will also love the humorous and detailed illustrations. It is a very entertaining, feel good and fun story children will love.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Jamie's 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver

Author: Oliver, Jamie

With today's hectic schedules and long working days, 15-minute meals will strike a chord with many, and like you would expect if you wanted a fifteen minute meal, these recipes are straight forward and fairly easy to follow. Although they are not quite step-by-step instructions, that some might expect.

Although these recipes are relatively quick to prepare, they do not compromise on flavour or health as Jamie pushes fast, everyday food to a new level. It is designed to inspire people to cook a balanced, nutritional meal every night of the week.

All tastes are catered for as Jamie covers everything from British dishes to Mediterranean family staples as well as Thai, Chinese and Indian-inspired dishes. It is a book that is suitable for all skill levels, and also gives advice on your pantry and how to 'own' your kitchen.

It is well laid out, with good photographs of the dishes, although the photographs at the very start and end of the book, particularly those of people could do with some explaining.

RRP $65.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Janet Frame In Her Own Words selected and edited by Denis Harold and Pamela Gordon

Author: Frame, Janet

Janet Frame In Her Own Words is the first non-fiction book by this iconic author for 25 years. It is actually a collection of her published short non-fiction, including essays, reports and reviews. It also features speeches, interview extracts, published letters and extracts from her own personal correspondence along with some other previously unpublished gems.

This resulting collection gives great insight into the many different sides of Janet Frame and also challenges some long-standing myths about her. It is a great way to find out more about this extraordinary New Zealander. It reveals a woman who is sharp, affectionate, shy, mischievous, intelligent, and with a great sense of humour.

This book also gives an insightful look into how she developed her work. Some interesting pieces include a collection of hoax letters sent into a newspaper. It is clear that Janet had a passion for writing, and even though her mind was focused on fiction, her non-fiction was also very readable and entertaining.

RRP $42.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Jar Salads: 52 Happy Healthy Lunches by Alexander Hart

Author: Hart, Alexander

Who wants a healthy lunch but not a soggy salad? - Answer everyone. The trick is to place the dressing at the bottom of a jar and fill with salad ingredients, keep upright until needed then tip it into a bowl to enjoy your freshly dressed salad.

The Jar Salads recipe book contains 52 deliciously inventive salads with instructions on what order to stack the ingredients and a matching dressing for each salad.
From a simple vegetarian sweet potato, baby spinach, feta & smoked almond salad to a Vietnamese pork and noodle salad.

And the salads stay true to taste when stored in glass rather than plastic.

For cooks of all ages
RRP: Hardback NZ$35.00
Imprint: Smith Street Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Jean Dreams Of Flying by Dreydon Sobanja with illustrations and design by Terry Fitzgibbon

Author: Sobanja, Dreydon

Jean Dreams Of Flying is Dreydon Sobanja's second inspirational story about ordinary New Zealanders who have accomplished extraordinary things, written for four to seven year olds. It tells the story of Jean Batten, who ignored those who laughed at her dreams and became the first woman to fly from England to Australia and back.

This story is about being focused on your dreams and not letting yourself be put off by the comments of others. Through determination and self-belief, Jean achieved her dreams. Like Ed Climbs A Big Hill, this is an inspiring story for children with plenty of practical advice on achieving dreams. Like the other book, it also shows that to achieve dreams takes time and plenty off hard work.

The illustrations breathe life into the story with detail and a sense of how Jean was always thinking of flying and could find constant inspiration around her.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Inspired Kids Limited

Jean Prouve by Nils Peters

Author: Peters, Nils

Author Nils Peters pays tribute to the life and works of celebrated French designer and architect Jean Prouve in this stunning and informative book. Prouve was one of the most important constructors of the 20th Century. His design innovations included cleverly shaped metal parts for building prefabricated structures. He also designed buildings and furniture that could be with economy of labour and materials while providing efficiency in use and maintaining high quality standards.

Prouve's simple, elegant style, born from the desire for inexpensive production has become an imitable aesthetic and has earned him the position of being one of the century's most influential designers.

This book provides readers with an introduction to Prouve's work and gives profound insight into the variety of his portfolio pus the progression of his vision. For anyone who is interested in architecture or design, this book will provide inspiration and interest. Although some of the designs are over seventy years old, they still look fresh and modern. His use of light and curves are particularly striking, as is his use of shapes to provide interest to form.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: Taschen and distributed in New Zealand by New Holland

Jellybean by Tessa Duder

Author: Duder, Tessa

This is the re-release of one of Tessa Duder’s best-loved children’s novels. It is about a lonely girl called Geraldine and nicknamed ‘Jellybean’, who has an unconventional single mother. Her mother is uncomfortably different from all the other mothers in school because she is not only a professional musician, but instead of being in something cool like a rock band, she plays the cello for the city orchestra and also in a piano trio at restaurants.

Her mother’s music is her life, it seems to rule her life, even to the extent that she seems to sometimes forget about Jellybean. She tries to get Geraldine to learn the piano, which she hates, but although she only ever admitted it to a stranger, Geraldine secretly wants to be an orchestra conductor.

Before the stranger comes into her life, Geraldine often feels neglected by her mother’s obsession. She is often either left to her own devices or put in the care of one of the many babysitters her mother uses. Meeting the stranger was entirely by chance one evening when her mother couldn’t find a babysitter so took Geraldine to the restaurant where she was working. She then finds out that the man is someone from her mother’s past. Could he be her father?

Jellybean also learns valuable lessons. She finds out that some things are so important to who you are that you have to make challenging choices. She also learns the hardest lesson of all, that sometimes you might want to hide away, but you need to take your courage in your hands.

This is an interesting and entertaining read, hard to put down, and by a great New Zealand children’s author. It also gives readers insight into a world that many of them will not know about, the world of classical music.

RRP $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Joe Victim by Paul Cleave

Author: Cleave, Paul

Joe Middleton, aka the Christchurch Carver us in jail awaiting trial for a number of murders he claims he didn't commit. His only way to avoid jail seems to be to convince the psychiatrists assessing him that he wasn't of sound mind and can therefore not be blamed for committing murder. But that is the least of his worries because not just satisfied with seeing Joe behind bars, there are no shortage of people who would prefer to see him dead and some of those are already in prison with him.

To get himself out of the mess he is in, Joe has a desperate plan involving the disgraced ex detective who put him away and a TV psychic who is looking to get rich. It is a long shot but for Joe's sake it had better work because there is talk of bringing back the death penalty and the Christchurch Carver is just the incentive needed.

The last novel by Paul Cleave that I reviewed was Laughterhouse and I didn't like it. Perhaps part of this was that I am from Christchurch and he wrote of a Christchurch I didn't recognise, but it had more to do with the fact that I thought it was poorly written combined with trying to make a stereotypical American style dark mystery thriller set in New Zealand. It was therefore with some trepidation that I read Joe Victim.

I would like to say that my trepidation about reading this novel was unfounded and that in my opinion it is the best book he has written. Well, I enjoyed the personal account of the Christchurch earthquake in the author's note, but the author's note also confirmed that the story is set in modern day Christchurch, before the quake of February 22nd, and so begins the problem I have again with the book being so much at odds with reality.

Never since New Zealand abandoned the death penalty has there ever been any serious suggestion of bringing it back. I would like to think this is because New Zealand is a civilised, rational country that realises if you take the life of a killer, you are no better than the killer. Possibly though it is just because of the politically correct world in which we live which makes it important to consider the treatment and quality of life of prisoners.

Once again the storyline, text and this time even the title have a feel of an American book about it. These things I could overlook by trying to think of the Christchurch in this book as a fictional city, like I suggested with my review of the Laughterhouse. Unfortunately there is something worse, that is much harder to overlook – the writing. For example having three thens in quick succession or having five ands in the one sentence suggests to me that the book is either poorly written or that the author lacks any finesse in prose. Unfortunately in this case I think it is both.

Also people are never likely to warm to the main protagonist. He is evil and there doesn't appear to be any redeeming features about him. He also appears at times to be rather stupid (which can inject some humour and which I doubt is intentional). For me though the two worst things about the character are the propensity for Joe to daydream a lot, and also the ability for him to become easily sidetracked even when in a daydream. Who when caught in a dream where they are wearing a ski mask ponders if they have ever seen a skier wearing such a mask and whether it should be called a robbers mask before carrying on with the dream? Actually I think most New Zealanders would call the woollen hat he seems to be referring to as a Balaklava.

It is not just written from Joe's point of view though but also of the viewpoint of Melissa, Joe's girlfriend and another serial killer (with approximately a fifty-fifty split). Melissa is on the outside and is plotting Joe's escape but you are not quite sure whether that is simply so she can kill him herself. She does come across as being a bit smarter than Joe, but perhaps that really isn't that hard.

Then there is the plot. I criticised a previous Paul Cleave book as being like a stereotypical American crime novel. This one isn't. The plot is just too weak. It is certainly not a carefully constructed police procedural, nor is it a suspense ridden psychological thriller. As a sequel to The Cleaner, readers of the previous book will also notice many repetitions. There are also large sections that I really wanted to skim through. It seemed as if the book was far too long with large sections adding nothing to the overall story.

This book really doesn't need any prior knowledge of The Cleaner and can be read just as easily as a stand-alone novel. There will be some who will love it, but sorry, Joe Victim was not for me and I would rather Paul spent the book relaying his personal experiences of Christchurch at the time of and shortly after the series of earthquakes rather than trying to invent an implausible story of an unlikeable character in an Americanised recreation of a New Zealand city.

RRP $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Joel Serra's Modern Spanish Kitchen by Joel Serra

Author: Serra, Joel

Stunningly photographed by Mexican fashion photographer Aldo Chacon, Joel Serra's first cookbook offers a vibrant, fresh take on Catalan and Spanish cooking by a charismatic young Antipodean chef with Catalan roots.
'Food is not what you cook, but what you make others taste.'
Joel Serra Bevin was born in New Zealand and grew up in Tasmania. Inspired by his Catalan great-grandfather, Papa Serra, Joel moved to Barcelona where he has immersed himself in his much-loved Spanish food and cooking.

Joel brings a vibrant, fresh approach to traditional Spanish dishes. He is obsessed with new flavour combinations, unusual preparations and loves to create magic for whoever joins him around the table.

These eighty recipes offer both a beginner's guide to eating and drinking like a local in Barcelona and Spain, with fresh takes on Spanish favourites such as Fideua with Squid Ink, Allioli, Pulpo Gallego and Leche Merengada, as well as plenty of inspiration for those looking to experiment.

While not stinting on classic dishes for those new to Spanish food, Joel also reinvents Catalan classics such as Membrillo-Roasted Pumpkin with Almond Cream, and Green Gazpacho with Sumac Yogurt.

As Joel says, 'Food always tastes better when shared, so pull up a seat and join the feast.'

Reading Age: Adult RRP: Hardcover NZ$50
EBK: NZ$29.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand


Author: Roughan, John

An updated in-depth portrait of former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

John Roughan
New Zealand’s most popular modern day Prime Minister, John Key shocked many with his decision to step down from office less than a year out from a general election. Rather than doing what most expected and seeking an historic fourth term, Key opted to quit while his approval rating was still high and before voters tired of him.

‘I always thought leaders overstay their welcome. They just start grating with people. All the things people liked about them they start not to like,’ Key tells journalist John Roughan in this updated edition of John Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister.

A fascinating insight into Key’s early life, personality and motivations, Roughan’s account of John Key’s rise and rise examines how the twin ambitions of a boy in a state house ‘to make a million dollars and be Prime Minister’ were realised beyond his dreams. As popular as ever after eight years as Prime Minister, Key chose to leave the job he loved – and the voters who seemed certain to return him to office. But, as Roughan concludes, it’s perhaps not surprising that the instincts that served Key so well as a currency trader, and which also informed his approach to politics, ultimately fuelled his unprecedented decision to retire at the height of his power.

Reading Age: Adult and Young Adult
RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Johnny Danger: Lie Another Day by Peter Millett

Author: Millett, Peter

A riotously funny adventure featuring death-defying bungee bogeys, Big Andy the killer anaconda, despicable G.R.O.S.S. agents, and a gassy evil villain known as The Blank Space.

Jonathan Dangerfield has pulled off the ultimate prank by fooling MI6 and the entire world into believing he's super spy Johnny Danger. It's just his awful older brother Ian who keeps trying to blow his cover.

And now Johnny's friend Tim wants to join their spy team and his partner Penelope Pounds is furious – she's sure Tim will put their MI6 careers in peril.

Armed with a new set of crazy gadgets, the trio head to a remote jungle village where they go head to head with an old foe...

But will they make it out alive?

Reading age 9+ years

Publisher: Puffin Books

Johnny Danger: Spy Borg by Peter Millett

Author: Millett, Peter

A hysterical adventure featuring out-of-control Yuri-nators, gravity-defying stunts, murderous metal-mouthed monsters, and a villain who wants to become the world's greatest F.A.R.T.E.R.

Boom-Boom has created an army of Yuri-nators, cyborg clones that are so humanlike even MI6 is compromised. Their number one mission? Exterminate Johnny Danger. Number two, take over the world.

And Johnny doesn't know who to trust. And with his partner Penelope badly injured

Reading Age: 8 - 13 years
RRP: $17.99 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House


Author: O'Neill, Lisa

How to Organise Chaos

How to survive life, look good and laugh!

Modern lives are busy lives: work, family, friends, health, finance, and more. Find out how to manage it all – with gusto. Learn the art of juggling priorities with good planning, so you can feel on top of it all and can do more of what you want.

Filled with helpful tips and advice for busy women, this book will help you find your way from chaos to calm!

Reading Age: Adult
RRP $45.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Julian Corkle Is A Filthy Liar by D J Connell

Author: Connell, D J

Julian Corkle has a certain star quality and his mother is convinced that he will end up on Tasmanian television one day. His father has other ideas and thinks he should be more involved in sports. As far as he is concerned, boys should like sports and dinky toys. Julian doesn’t but knows better than to tell the truth. Anyway the family already has a sporting hero, Julian’s sister Carmel a.k.a ‘The Locomotive’. He also knows enough not to tangle with her bowling arm, which incidentally is also the one she punches with.

Julian Corkle is the hilarious story of Julian as he lies his way through school and a series of dead end jobs. His spirit and habit of telling whoppers at the wrong moment make for lively reading and a charming, feel good tale.

Author D J Connell was born in New Zealand and has also lived and worked in various countries as a writer. Julian Corkle Is A Filthy Liar reflects her background of growing up in a large, noisy family. She currently is living in London, where she writes full time. An agreement for the book to be turned into a film has also already been reached.

RRP $32.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness by Julie Israel

Author: Israel, Julie

Funny, warm, and moving, Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index is a contemporary YA novel about loss, how deeply we can know others, and making our own happiness; perfect for fans of Sara Zarr and Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere.

Sixty-five days after the death of her older sister, sixteen-year-old Juniper Lemon discovers the break-up letter addressed to “You” Camilla wrote the day she died. Juni is shocked—she knew nothing of this You, and now the gaping hole in her life that was her sister feels that much bigger. She’s determined to uncover the identity of You and deliver the letter. Maybe that would help fill the hole, even if only a bit.

But what Juniper doesn’t expect is that in searching for You she will unearth other notes and secrets—and that may be just what she needs to sort out her own mess.

Young Adult
RRP: $17.99
Category Teen Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Just Draw It by Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp

Author: Piyasena, Sam
Philp, Beverly

Just Draw It is not just a book that shows you how to draw. It is a dynamic drawing course suitable for anyone from those who have no previous experience to those aspiring artists who want to get new ideas and skills. The series of exercises in the book provide readers with essential practice for eyes, brain and hands, from trying rapid fire sketches of moving objects to detailed observations of tones and contrast.

Readers will also learn how to capture a mood of a scene, and look at its structure through the formal rules of perspective. It provides an almost foolproof way to pick up the skills and confidence to sketch and experiment.

The result is a deceptively powerful drawing course which does not feel like a course. It is designed to develop a love of drawing and sketching that will last a lifetime. Although this book is publicised as being for anyone, it is possibly more suitable for high school students, or even university students. Readers also need to know that practice makes perfect and that they can't expect their own work to look as good as the illustrations in the book the first time they try.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: New Burlington Distributed by New Holland

Just Jack by Adele Broadbent

Author: Broadbent, Adele

Napier-born author Adele Broadbent has always been interested in the 1931 Napier Earthquake. When her grandfather began sharing his memories of the event, it sparked the ideas for creating Just Jack, and the main character is loosely based on her grandfather.

The main character, Wee Jack Baines is an apprentice jockey in Hastings in the 1930’s. He never shows promise in anything apart from caring for horses and has always lived in his big brother’s shadow. He sees becoming a jockey as his chance to shine, and to be called just Jack but he soon finds his dreams shattered.

Jack soon finds that his harsh and unforgiving boss sees the apprenticeship as nothing more than a way to get a cheap stable-hand. Then there is the vindictive stable-mate and the back-breaking drudgery. There are mysteries too. Who is the mysterious William, Mr Mac mentions in his sleep and why doesn’t Mrs Davis use the front room? It is certainly not the life he was expecting. It is certainly not the life he was expecting. But then a terrible natural disaster strikes and everything is thrown into turmoil. Will Jack have the courage and the luck to survive?

Just Jack not only gives readers over nine a personal account of one of New Zealand’s worst natural disasters, but an insight into a world that most will not be familiar with, working as a farm hand for a racehorse trainer. It also shows how much different life was in the 1930’s. At an age where children are now still at school, in 1930 they were expected to be taking an apprenticeship or working also minimum wage rates didn’t apply. It is a book that once started is difficult to put down

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Just One More by Joy Cowley with illustrations by Gavin Bishop

Author: Cowley, Joy

Another book that lives up to its name, Just One More is filled with delightful stories from the pen of Joy Cowley, that will have children asking "Just one more, please?"

Whether reading the stories themselves or having these short stories read to them, these enchanting tales will delight and entertain children. The story length makes them just right for reading at bedtime, while the messages behind the story can provide worthwhile discussion at school or pre-school.

In all, Just One More contains seventeen funny and varied child centred stories accompanied by some wonderful colour illustrations. The stories will capture children's imaginations and also show them things like why it is not always a good idea to look for a bargain, why it is important to listen carefully to everything someone tells you and why it is not a good idea to keep a grumpysaurus in the house.

RRP $22.99 (Paperback) or $32.99 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Gecko Press

Just Paint It! by Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp

Author: Piyasena, Sam Philp, Beverly

Ever find yourself looking wistfully at a set of paints in an art store, and then thinking: "So what if I buy the paints: What next?" If so, then this book is for you.

Just Paint It! is based on the belief that anyone can paint. You don't need to be able to produce "a masterpiece." You don't have to make your painting look like something. You don't have to spend time worrying about composition or trying to second-guess how colours are going to mix.

Get stuck in right from the start. Pick a tube and squeeze it out. Get a brush and just paint it on. Because the more you use paint, the more used to paint you become. And along the way, while you're having a good time with the 50 or so ideas in this book, you can expect something amazing to happen: You'll learn to paint.

Points of interest:

Aimed at anyone who would like to be able to pick up a brush and just paint, this book provides a foolproof way to pick up the skills, and have a good time doing it!

It is ideal for beginners right through to more experienced artists who would like to experiment with new mediums.

Looks at a number of subjects including colour, tone, light and shade, composition, texture, patterns, surface, and paint quality.

RRP: $ 29.99
Publisher: New Burlington distributed in New Zealand by New Holland

Justice: Speaking Up For Crime's Silent Victims by Garth McVicar

Author: McVicar, Garth

Justice is Garth McVicar's own story. It explains how an ordinary farmer from Hawke's Bay became a spokesperson for the victims of violent crime. He noticed an upsurge in violent crime and what seemed to be unfair, lenient sentences that didn't take account of the victims. He took it upon himself to ask legislators hard questions and provide a voice for many silent victims of crime in New Zealand.

Journey with Garth as he reflects on 10 years of the Sensible Sentencing Trust, exploring where it has come from, where it is going and what it has achieved. You will be able to read about some of the victims the trust has helped and why this man has become one of the most recognised advocates for victims and families of violent crime in New Zealand.

Justice is not just Garth McVicar's personal story though. While it tells how he got involved and why, it also outlines the history of the Sensible Sentencing Trust. It looks at the impact the SSI has had on the NZ political landscape and contemplates its future. It also asks whether it has made any real difference and done what it set out to do.

Whether you agree with Garth or not, this book explains not only why he has taken the stance he has, but also why so many victims feel unjustly treated by our judicial system and politicians.

RRP $42.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Kangaroo: Portrait of an extraordinary marsupial by Stephen Jackson and Karl Vernes

Author: Jackson, Stephen
Vernes, Karl

This engaging book expands our knowledge of this fascinating species that has become a symbol of Australia. It describes the three types of kangaroo (kangaroos, wallabies and rat kangaroos), covering their ecology, history and behaviour.

In this book, the authors not only cover the ecological details of this fascinating marsupial and its relation to the environment. Kangaroo also provides a social commentary illustrating the interaction between Kangaroos and not only the original inhabitants of Australia but also the more recent settlers. It even looks at ways to manage the population of kangaroos.

The book looks at the amazing diversity of this group of animals covering all aspects of their natural history. In short, if you or your students ever want to know anything about the kangaroo, chances are they will find it in this book.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Kate The Royal Wedding Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Author: Meadows, Daisy

There are no prizes for guessing the inspiration behind this story, and due to the hype around certain recent events, this book is sure to be popular because of the title. The Kate in this story is a fairy from a magical land, and she is trying to make sure that all weddings are happy and magical. However trouble is afoot and when mean Jack Frost steals the True Love Crown, the Fairyland royal wedding is sure to be a disaster.

Kirsty and her friend Rachel are not fairies but have had many adventures in Fairyland as fans of the series will \already know. Kate needs their help to find the crown, so the royal couple will live happily every after.

This is a wonderful adventure for young girls based on a topical subject. The humorous illustrations and competition at the end make it even more interesting and fun to read.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Kei Hea A Spot? By Eric Hill

Author: Hill, Eric

In this te reo activity picture book Sally the dog is looking for her pup, Spot. She looks all over the house for him and young readers are able to help by looking behind a tatau or two, in a pouka, piana and even under the carpet. Where is Spot hiding?

Kei Hea A Spot provides young readers with an entertaining introduction to the Maori language. It will help them to know the Maori words for all sorts of objects around the home and is written entirely in Maori. Personally I do think it is a shame that the animals encountered in this book are not distinctly New Zealand animals and some while being recognisable through international books and television are not seen in this country. Because of the short reply by these animals, readers also don’t learn the Maori names for them.

RRP $19.95
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Picture Puffin title

Kenny Wright - Superhero

Author: Patterson, James

From the No.1 bestselling author of Middle School, James Patterson.

Kenny Wright has a very good friend who just happens to be a Superhero and they set out to save the world or at least to challenge the forces of evil attacking Kenny’s seriously underserved school in the big city. This book is mixture of classic Superhero cartoons, well drawn by Chris Tebbetts, along with complete pages of Patterson’s storytelling in large font, making it irresistible to reluctant boy readers in the 9 to 12 year old age group.

RRP: Paperback $18.99
Publisher: Penguin, Randomhouse New Zealand

Kids Can Clean by Shannon and Erin Lush with photographs by Rick Lush

Author: Lush, Shannon and Erin

This illustrated book for children makes cleaning fun. It covers everything from removing a squashed banana in a schoolbag to cleaning bedrooms and personal hygiene. It even covers cleaning up after friends. It is a book that helps children realise not only why cleaning and keeping things tidy is important but also that cleaning and tidying can be fun. The book doesn’t just cover cleaning or tidying and parents might be pleased to see there is even a short section on ‘sucking up’ to them.

The sections are short and offer good explanations for younger readers without being long enough for them to loose interest. It makes all the tasks covered seem very simple and easy to do.

The book is written by a mother and daughter duo. Shannon has had experience writing books for adults about cleaning, but when she decided to writer one for children, she thought it would be good to get her 10 year old daughter, Erin involved in the project, thus getting the point of view and ideas from someone in the book’s target reading group..

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers under the ABC Books title

King Flashypants and the Creature From Crong by Andy Riley

Author: Riley, Andy

The second book in the insanely funny debut children's series from Emmy award-winning comedy writer and cartoonist Andy Riley, scriptwriter for BBC One's Gangsta Granny and The Boy in the Dress. "Brilliantly original and hilarious. It's nearly as good as one of my books." DAVID WALLIAMS
"Two words - such fun!" MIRANDA HART
"Beautiful, inventive and laugh-out-loud funny." SUE PERKINS

When rumours of a huge and terrifying monster called the Gizimoth reach Edwinland, King Edwin Flashypants decides that, to be a proper king, he needs to go and fight it. Meanwhile, Emperor Nurbison has had a similar idea, but he has a much sneakier plan for what he can do with the Gizimoth. And it involves squishing Edwinland.

Hold tight for another thrilling Flashypants adventure, with jousting, vegetables, fire-breathing toads and plenty of FOO-HOO-HOOing.

Reading Age: 6 – 10 years
RRP: $17.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Kiwi Critters: Keri's Party and Piri's Picnic by Donna Blaber

Author: Blaber, Donna

The Kiwi Critters series is a collection of A6 size picture books for young readers. Their size makes them perfect for small hands, while quirky, bright and bold illustrations plus a humorous, engaging yet simple story will keep their attention.

The books feature two main characters, Kiri the Kiwi and Piri the Pukeko, and have a distinctly New Zealand flavour. Kiri is a young, clever kiwi with a big heart. She likes to eat broccoli, chocolate, and of course worms. Kiri loves playing hide and seek. Piri has lots of friends, fancies himself as a circus clown, and enjoys eating pineapple lumps and Brussels sprouts. Together they get up to all sorts of mischief and fun.

In Keri's Party, Keri is out for a walk when she bumps into her best friend, Piri and invites him to a party. It is a fun story that features all the things people think about when going to a party, like who will be there and what to bring.

In Piri's Picnic, Piri is wondering why his friend Kiri is searching for food during the day (after all kiwis are nocturnal birds and sleep during the day). Since he finds his friend can't sleep and is looking for food, Piri suggests that they have a picnic.

Each book features a mini glossary of uniquely New Zealand words at the back, is simple to read and told in a fun rhyme. They are inexpensive books that are easy to read.

RRP $4.99 each
Publisher: Lighthouse Media Group

Kiwi Rock Chicks, Pop Stars and Trailblazers by Ian Chapman

Author: Chapman, Ian

Kiwi Rock Chicks, Pop Stars and Trailblazers is an overdue tribute to the women of New Zealand music. It features 54 of New Zealand’s remarkable, top performing artists, spanning 50 years. Artists featured include Anika Moa, Bic and Boh Runga, Brooke Fraser, Carly Binding, Fiona McDonald, Gin Wigmore, Hera, Jenny Morris, Julia Deans, Shona Laing, Moana Maniapoto, Sharon O’Neil, When The Cat’s Away and The Topp Twins. They share their memories, hopes, dreams, triumphs and tragedies, some for the first time. They also give first hand personal insights into an industry dominated by men and by image.

Through the book, readers will learn that the music industry is not all fortune, glamour, travel and fun, but also requires a lot of hard work some luck and also sometimes heartbreak. It is an inspirational read for any young women wanting to make it in the music industry. It is also a book that Ian Chapman hopes will encourage readers to revisit the music of women artists they have enjoyed in the past and give new insight into the music of those they listen to now. Each chapter includes a discography and awards list of the artist featured.

Chapman admits that choosing the artists for this book was less than scientific. While some have cut it on the international scene, others are just famous here in NZ. The only guideline Chapman admits to was to keep the selection within the genres of rock, pop and crossover. Some were selected because their profiles and achievements were of such magnitude that they had to be included, others were selected though personal preference. The scope of the book also grew as word of mouth spread and people suggested artists who should be included.

Whether you want to learn more about some of New Zealand’s great female artists, want to learn more about your favourite singer, are interested in how the music industry works or just want inspiration to keep learning the guitar, this is an excellent read. It is truly a celebration to the women in the NZ Music industry and to Kiwi music in general.

RRP $44.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Kiwi The Real Story by Annemarie Florian with illustrations by Heather Hunt

Author: Florian, Annemarie

This uniquely illustrated book contains both poetry and non-fiction narrative to help young readers understand more about this New Zealand icon. This book is the story of a real kiwi in a real place. It is the story of a dogged survivor, a bird with resolve and shares facts through fun design.

More than just a children's picture book, Kiwi: the real story reflects the motivations of the Backyard Kiwi project. Since the project started on the Whangarei Heads Peninsula, numbers of kiwi have risen from 80 in 2001 to more than 400.

This book really contains two stories. While short sentences of fun words to describe the kiwi dance across the interestingly illustrated page, in a bottom corner of each two page spread, facts about the kiwi are contained in brief paragraphs. The illustrations themselves seem to be drawn mainly from pen, with the kiwis themselves mainly shown as loosely constructed scribble, contrasting with the filled in colour of some other subjects in the pictures and perhaps giving an impression of illusiveness.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: New Holland

Kiwiana Party Cakes: Fun cakes for fun occasions by Rob Burns

Author: Burns, Rob

This book isn’t so much about making the cake itself but creating imaginative decorations. The author, Rob Burns is a pastry chef and the owner of Rob’s Patisserie in the heart of Ponsonby. He is famous for his amazing cakes and he has teamed up with award-winning photographer Charlie Smith to share some of his inspired and witty cake designs.

His book has 33 amazing designs that are not quite as hard to do as you might imagine, thanks to Rob’s step-by-step methods. There are some fantastic designs that really have to be seen to be believed from a rugby ball to a swimming pool, from a kiwifruit to a pair of jandals and even the New Zealand flag. The designs really look good enough to eat.

At the back of the book you will find out how to make and colour some of your icing, along with eight cake recipes that you can use to create these wonderful pieces of art. If you want to make something special cake for that special occasion, this is the book for you.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Ko Wai E Huna Ana? (Who's Hiding? Te Reo Maori edition) by Satoru Onishi

Author: Onishi, Satoru

age 3+

Who’s hiding? Who’s crying? Who’s backwards? Look carefully! Is it dog, tiger, hippo, zebra, bear, reindeer, kangaroo, lion, rabbit, giraffe, monkey, bull, rhino, pig, sheep, hen, elephant, or cat? Can you tell? Look again...18 fun-loving animals can be found on each question-posing page, sending readers into an up-close, attention-to-detail discovery. This book is fantastic to read aloud, especially when you get to the final two pages: Whos who?
• Children learn the names of animals, to recognise expressions, colour, and how to count.
• Interactive fun for young children, or anyone learning to reo Maori.
• Perfect in its simplicity.
• Great lessons in counting, colours, recognising emotions, the names of animals - without being 'teachy'
• 'For the very small, the year's best book' - The Listener

$18.99 Paperback
Publisher: Gecko Press

Konstantin by Tom Bullough

Author: Bullough, Tom

It is 1867 and winter in Ryazan, a city on the banks of the Oka River in Central Russia. Konstantin is ten years old. His days are full of dreams of flight - to Moscow, even to the silent stars. But then, one day, he catches cold in the freezing woods near his home and his own world becomes silent. Left deaf by scarlet fever, his outlook is desperate. Only his fascination with a newly mechanised age and his astonishing visions of humanity's future seem to offer him any sort of hope.

To escape the earth, Konstantin learns, he must travel at 11.2 kilometres per second - ten times faster than a rifle bullet, but how to achieve such an incredible speed? Moving from wolf-infested forests to the brothels of Moscow, from the confines of village life to the wonders of the Age of Steam, from appalling tragedy to the discovery of a great love, Konstantin, tells the extraordinary story, based on a real-life character, of the first man to reveal how travel into space is possible. It is a story of man, nature, and the limitless power of the imagination.

Konstantin is also a difficult story to write as the important actions in the story are intellectual and not dramatic. It could have proved too easy for example for Konstantin's discovery to be presented as a dry essay on astrophysics, but by commenting on the affects his lectures have on others like the 'young peoples faces set with little frowns of confusion' make it more interesting and personal. It is also great to see the way Konstantin's character develops over the course of the novel.

Being a fictional work, it also offers something in the digression from fact and can show inspiration in a way a biography can't.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Kura Koiwi Bone Treasures by Brian Flintoff

Author: Flintoff, Brian

Kura Koiwi is a beautifully illustrated book looking at the traditions of bone carving. Author of Kura Koiwi, Brian Flintoff is a master carver. He has been carving for more than 35 years. His work is held in marae throughout New Zealand and in both private and public collections around the world.

Much of the book looks at how Brian's understanding grew as his skill as a carver developed. He shares his insights and illustrates them with wonderful photographs not only of his work but also the work of others. The ancient carvings held in museum collections have provided Brian with much inspiration. As Brian says, the wealth of carvings from earlier times gives us a link to our past and to other cultures.

Kura Koiwi is an engaging look at one man's career to date. The carvings pictured are wonderfully detailed and photographed in a way that shows off the carver's skill to the best advantage. This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in bone carving as a career, art form or a link to culture and history.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Craig Potton Publishing

La Latina

Author: Ramirez, Grace

How to cook fantastic, authentic Latin American food in New Zealand utilising locally available ingredients.

Miami-born, Venezuela-raised, New Zealand-based chef Grace Ramirez shares her interpretation of traditional recipes from throughout Latin America. Utilising readily available ingredients, Grace recreates the authentic tastes she grew up with in contemporary dishes full of bold flavours. With its use of fresh aromatic ingredients and exciting flavour combinations, Latin American cooking is set to become an exciting new food trend. In this unique cookbook Grace shares inspirational recipes for every meal as well as fascinating titbits of information about each Latin American country's culinary history.

Hardback/ Cookery
$60.00 RRP
by Grace Ramirez
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Landmarks of New Zealand by Matt Turner with photography by Rob Suisted

Author: Turner, Matt

This book, like Wildflowers of New Zealand is really a showcase of Rob Suisted's stunning photography, with the text acting as mere captions or one-paragraph introductions to each section. The book is actually divided into provinces, making it easy to find the notable landmarks in your particular area (or an area you may be visiting.

Rob's photos showcase the beauty of New Zealand's landmarks, whether they are natural, man made or a mix of both. Obviously with the size of the book, not all the landmarks in New Zealand are covered, but instead stunning photographs of a few at their best have been selected. Some will look the same if you visit them yourself, while others are those one in a million shots where the subject, lighting and background are just right.

If you want to explore New Zealand's landscapes and landmarks, this book provides dramatic inspiration.

RRP $ 19.99
Publisher: New Holland

Landscapes of New Zealand

Author: Worrall, Jill
Jacobs, Warren

Arranged according to region, with introductory essays to describe geology, landmarks and history of each area, short captions identify places of interest shown in Warren Jacob’s award-winning photographs.

A full page map of the country is included at the front of the book and smaller maps locate the extent of each regional chapter.

Warren Jacobs is an a successful and well known travel photographer whose work has been published in New Zealand and international publications for many years.

Travel-writer Jill Worrall has written the text for Landscapes of New Zealand. Jill is a published author and New Zealand feature writer who works as a tour operator leading small groups on international tours to Asia and the Middle East.

Type – Landscapes / Coffee Table Interest Book
By Warren Jacobs and Jill Worrall
RRP: $24.99
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz

Author: Hurwitz, Gregg

The hatching has begun - and the end of humanity is near.

Phase one of the invasion began with spores that turned everyone over the age of eighteen into vicious, unhuman beings, unrecognizable as the trusted adults they once were. These Hosts paved the way for the invaders and transformed the small town of Creek’s Cause into a war zone. Holed up in the local high school, frightened kids and teenagers struggle to survive - at least until their eighteenth birthdays.

Now, a new breed of predatory creatures has been spawned and is spreading across the world, devouring everything in its path. Earth’s only hope is two overwhelmed teenage brothers - and their closest friend, Alexandra - who may hold the key to humanity’s survival. But how far will they have to go to save everyone and everything they care about?

Reading Age: 15 years to adult.
RRP: Paperback NZ$24.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Author: Patterson, James
Grabenstein, Chris

Get ready to Laugh Out Loud (a lot!) with James Patterson's newest illustrated middle grade story!

Jimmy loves reading so much that he's inspired to start a book company for kids – run by kids. It's a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy – some would even say it's laugh-out-loud ridiculous!

But that doesn't stop Jimmy from dreaming even bigger! His company will be as imaginative and fun as Willy Wonka's chocolate factory... with a Ferris wheel instead of an elevator, a bowling alley in the break room, and a river filled with floating books! He just has to believe in himself and his idea. And maybe win the Lottery.

In this hilarious story filled with clever references to children's book favourites, James Patterson shows young readers that anything can be achieved if you believe in yourself no matter what!

Reading Age: 9 to 13 years.
RRP: NZ$19.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Le Quesnoy: The Story of the Town New Zealand Saved

Author: Harper, Glyn

Le Quesnoy is the touching story of how New Zealand soldiers liberated a French town from unwelcome German occupation during the First World War. It is told through the eyes of a woman who was a little girl at the time so is a sanitary look at events, perfectly suitable for young children.

The town of Le Quesnoy (pronounced Ler kay nwah) is an old town on high ground surrounded by high walls and deep trenches. Remarkably, the New Zealand army took the town from the Germans in 1918 without a single civilian life being lost due to the ingenious way it was captured.

It is a very readable story of the connection New Zealand has to a small town half a world away and why a town in France has avenues named after New Zealand and its soldiers.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title


Author: Jones, Diana


Viewing them as 'touchy feely', intangible and invisible, most leaders separate their personal lives from their professional lives. Diana Jones, an executive coach for 30-years, argues that this is unwise. In fact, the 'soft side' of leadership - empathy, compassion, and authentic communication derived from personal experience - is both powerful and essential to enhancing executive presence, influencing others and achieving results.

Through compelling stories and examples taken directly from Jones's coaching sessions with experienced leaders, readers will learn how to make enduring behavioural changes that will produce better business results and create alignment among disparate groups using empathy and leadership language.

RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Leap of Faith by Jenny Pattrick

Author: Pattrick, Jenny

A vivid novel about ingenuity and hard slog, crooks and dreamers, bootleggers and love.

Billy is a young, impressionable dreamer. In 1907, he strikes off on his own, keen to prove himself an able worker on the new railroad. It’s being cut through steep mountainsides and across deep gullies to join the two ends of the Main Trunk Line. Also drawn to the remote worker settlements are miners from Denniston, young men fresh off the boat, sly-groggers, temperance campaigners, women following their menfolk, local Maori and a varied assortment of people after a new life or a quick buck.

Among them is a preacher, Gabriel Locke, who is running from a shady past and determined to avoid the daily grind. With untimely and suspicious deaths, the horrendous weather, impossible deadlines, the rugged landscape and a blossoming romance, it will take a lot more than a leap of faith for this disparate group to complete the railroad and build the magnificent Makatote viaduct . . .

Reading age: 16 years+
RRP $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Legends Of The Cook Islands by Shona Hopkins with illustrations by Bruce Potter

Author: Hopkins, Shona

From the first look at the size of this book, it seems unlikely that it contains any more than a couple of legends, let alone eight, but don’t be confused by it’s appearance. From the cover, size and shape it might look like a normal picture book, but once you open it, you will find more words than a picture book usually contains and some pages filled with text and little more than a small design as illustration. It is therefore a book that either adults read to children or older, more accomplished readers can read, but it is not a book where young children can read along and follow the story with the pictures.

This book does however show the Cook Islanders’ rich history for telling amazing and captivating oral legends. Some of these legends explain why some things are the way they are, some explain aspects of the Cook Islands culture and some give good morals, but all are interesting. It is a great way to learn about some of the culture of the Cook Islands, and a glossary at the back translates some of the words into English. It is a book to treasure.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Picture Puffin title

Lessons (The) by Naomi Alderman

Author: Alderman, Naomi

Hidden away in an Oxford back street is a crumbling Georgian mansion. It remains unknown to any but a few who possess a key to its unassuming front gate. It is owned by the mercurial and charismatic Mark Winters, whose trust fund upbringing has left him as troubled and unpredictable as he is wildly promiscuous.

Mark gathers an impressive group of students around him. There is glamorous Emmanuella, who always has a new boyfriend in tow, Franny and Simon who are best friends and occasional lovers, Jess, a musician whose calm exterior hides passionate depths and James who is already damaged by Oxford and is looking for a group to belong to.

For a time the group live in a charmed world of learning, parties and love affairs. They find though that university is no grounding for real life, and the story picks up again years later when tragedy strikes, hopes have been shattered also friends and lovers have been betrayed.

It is a story of shattered hopes, destructive affairs and dark secrets with themes of ambition, desire and betrayal. The Lessons is at times funny and moving but with its characters and events is always entertaining.

RRP $39.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Viking title

Let Me Whisper You My Story by Moya Simons

Author: Simons, Moya

Rachel is German and Jewish, living in the German city of Leipzig. Life is good and revolves around Sabbath meals shared with her happy family. With the outbreak of World War Two, their lives are changed.

The family is forced to move from their comfortable home into cramped housing. Then when the Nazi soldiers arrive to take the family away, they don’t know what is to become of them.

Rachel’s father gives her instructions that save her life. He also tells her not to speak, so she remains quiet for the rest of the war. What happens to her family? Will Rachel regain her voice when she really needs to use it? Will the family ever be reunited again? You will have to read this moving story to find out.

Moya wrote Let Me Whisper You My Story in commemoration of Anna Parnas, the mother of one of Moya’s friends and one of the many who died in the Holocaust. It tells of the war from the point of view of a German Jewish girl and show’s its impact on ordinary people. It is a story of human kindness and self-sacrifice, of despair and hope. It gives today’s nine to thirteen year-olds a sense of the social injustice that occurred at the hands of the Nazis in Germany and of the persecution of innocent and ordinary citizens. It is a powerful read.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Letters Form The Bay Of Islands: The story of Marianne Williams edited by Caroline Fitzgerald

Author: Williams, Marianne

As the title of the book suggests, it is the story of Marianne Williams told through her letters. The personal letters of Marianne Williams provide readers with an important account of the interaction between Maori and early European arrivals to New Zealand. They were written at a time of great transition for Maori and provides a interesting insight into the lives of the European missionaries in this new colony.

The letters also tell of a more personal story and what it is like to be a long way away from loved ones for a long time. It tells of her fears for her family at times of intertribal conflict, and of the demands placed on missionaries at that time.

Marianne Williams was the first substantial witness to record, from a woman’s point of view, early domestic interaction among Maori and the newly arrived Europeans. The letters contained in this book cover a period between 1822 and 1838. They document her life and the lives of close relatives and companions before British colonisation of New Zealand.

If you are interested in the early history of New Zealand and in particular the social interaction and other sociological aspects of life before the Treaty of Waitangi arrived, Letters from the Bay of Islands is a must read. This book tells a different story from what many believe occurred in New Zealand before the treaty arrived but are written at the time and tell what was occurring. It is a valuable insight into the life and times of pre-1840 New Zealand.

RRP $31.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Lewisville by Alexandra Tidswell

Author: Tidswell, Alexandra

Martha Grimm escapes to New Zealand with her daughter Mary Ann from Warwickshire in 1814. She left behind parents, other children and a husband, who had been transported to Australia. She leaves to follow her dream of escaping poverty and make a new life. While the novel is based on true events, the setting and characters are beautifully rounded and add real depth to the story. This is not a poetic foray into the beauties of the New Zealand landscape. At no time was I bogged down in treacle description. Rather, the storyline is strong and urgent. Martha has a determined and ambitious plan which she works hard to bring about. The tension in the story arises with the tale of her husband, as he too tries to escape the poverty and injustice of convict life in Australia. As his wife has remarried and become something of a society lady in Wellington, will her past catch up with her?

Reading Age: Young Adult to Adult
RRP: $35
Publisher: Submarine and available from Makaro Press online shop.

Life According to Dani by Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson

Author: Lagercrantz, Rose
Eriksson, Eva

It’s Dani’s first summer vacation - and the best ever! She is staying on an island with Ella, her best friend in the world. Dad is still in hospital but he calls every day, and Ella and Dani stay busy building huts, fishing, exploring, and swimming.
Then Dad turns up, but with his nurse too! This is not the visit anyone had imagined.
This warm, funny story allows space for strong emotions, as Dani struggles with the idea of her father’s new girlfriend, but does so with a light touch.

Reading Age: 5 - 7 Years
RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Light Touch by Stephen Leather

Author: Leather, Stephen

Working undercover is all about trust - getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice.
But what do you do when you believe an undercover cop has crossed the line and aligned herself with the international drugs smuggler she was supposed to be targeting?
When a deep-undercover cop stops passing on intelligence about her target, MI5 sends in Dan 'Spider' Shepherd to check that she is on the straight and narrow.
Now two lives are on the line - and Shepherd discovers that the real danger is closer to home than he realised.
As Spider finds his loyalties being tested to the limit, an SAS killer is on a revenge mission in London and only Spider can stop him.
'[Leather] has the uncanny knack of producing plots that are all too real' Daily Mail
'Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it' - Sun

Adult fiction
RRP Paperback NZ$29.99
Reading Age: Adult
Publisher: Publisher Hachette

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Author: Rowley, Steven

Remember the last book you told someone they had to read? Lily and the Octopus is the next one.

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.

The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.

We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

Reading Age: Young adult to Adult
RRP: $35.00 Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Line Of Fire: True stories from the New Zealand Armed Offenders Squads by John Lockyer

Author: Lockyer, John

Line Of Fire tells the story of the Armed Offenders Squads from the officers themselves. The book has been developed in conjunction with TV One’s documentary series of the same name. It gives the general public the chance to find out about the people that are called out to the worst case scenario situations in New Zealand and often appear in the headlines.

This book contains the stories and accounts of events from those officers who were either in or had dealings with the AOS, giving the book a real personal feel, and showing that this group is just made up of normal police officers doing an extra-ordinary and difficult job. It shows the pressures faced by the individuals in the squad and how the job has changed over the years, while still keeping true to the ideals of cordon, contain and appeal.

It might surprise many readers to know that there was no such thing as an armed offenders squad until 1964. In the previous year, four serving police officers lost their lives to armed offenders in the space of four weeks showing the need for a squad of armed officers trained to deal with armed offenders. If you are interested in the history of the New Zealand Police or criminal investigation will love this book. It will also be an enjoyable read for those who are interested in what happened during some of the most high profile cases during recent years.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Line Up, Please! By Tomoko Ohmura

Author: Ohmura, Tomoko

For ages 3+

Standing in line can be dull, but not when you mix tigers and frogs, sheep and skunks. But what could be worth waiting for...?

This whimsical and witty picture book about the animal kingdom has several themes.
The themes of fun, entertainment and joy are all evident. Animals of all descriptions
are lined up in a queue waiting to participate in a fun activity that they hope will entertain them and bring them joy. While they wait, the bird acting as the guide, attempts to keep them all entertained and happy until the main attraction starts when finally the surprise climax unfolds in a fun gatefold.

Teaching Aid for counting,animal names,size comparison and identification.
Other themes illustrated are patience, good manners and order.

36 pages
$19.99 Paperback
$34.99 Hardback
Publisher: Gecko Press

Listener (The) by Shira Nayman

Author: Nayman, Shira

The Listener is set in a mental hospital just after the Second World War and focuses on the interaction between the director and one of the patients, a man called Bertram Reiner, who admitted himself with a severe case of battle fatigue. He is charismatic and brilliant, sometimes seeming more like the doctors than the patients, and in him, Dr Harrison finds the most challenging patient of his career. His sessions with Reiner leave the doctor slipping into a frightening but also strangely enlivening existence that blurs the boundaries between sanity and insanity.

Dr Harrison’s own personal live is not idyllic either and he has his own inner demons to fight. As the story unfolds, not only does Bertram’s history become clearer, so does the doctor’s. In his sessions, Bertram also uses metaphors and contradicts himself making it hard to determine what actually occurred in his life before he came to the hospital. It is clear though that he appears to be afraid of his brother, who he insists is a murderer. When a package then arrives from his brother’s wife in Denmark, it shows that Bertram may have some cause to be concerned about his brother’s intentions.

The Listener is a riveting tale of madness and passion. Shira Nayman slowly reveals mysteries in both men’s lives, drawing readers into this intriguing tale of two men whose lives were both changed forever because of world wars. Shira Nayman also describes the incredible cruelty that Nazi German police dished out to Jewish civilians in occupied Denmark. She uses her background as a clinical psychologist to great effect adding realism to the treatments of the day mentioned in the book, and giving the reader good insight into the psyche of the various characters.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Little and Friday Every Meal by Kim Evans and Sophie Beck

Author: Beck, Sophie
Evans, Kim

There is nothing little about Kim Evans' Little & Friday empire. From the size of her mouth-watering cream donuts, the endless weekend queues outside her cafes, the 10.000 free-range eggs used every week, an impressive annual turnover employing over 70 staff and two phenomenally selling eponymous cookbooks, Kim's Little & Friday story is, without a doubt, a big deal.

From small beginnings - originally working at the Takapuna Beach Café during the week - solo mum Kim sold home-made fudge at the local market on Sundays to supplement her income; Her fudge was so popular she decided to extend her repertoire to include baking. And, as the demand continued to grow, Kim was eventually forced to look for a commercial kitchen. She found a vacent shop, where she set up her kitchen and cooked for the market. With the help of friends and family, she would prep all week, bake up a storm on Thursday and throw open the doors to her kitchen on Fridays, still continuing to sell at the market. These premises were to become her first cafe, which she set up with just $2000, kitting it out with mostly TradeMe purchases.

The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Little & Friday has grown to four sites, open seven days a week, and offering breakfast and lunch dishes to complement a legendary array of savoury and sweet baked treats, a tantalising-magnet for fans from all over the country.

Seven years on, Kim continues to ensure that Little & Friday doesn't lose its original charm and the business stays true to its roots: a sustainable, family-based food operation that nurtures a community of staff, suppliers and customers who share common beliefs around a respect for food. They may not have created the most efficient business model, which probably frustrates her accountant, but it's one that works for them.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $50.00
Publisher: Penguin

Little Elephants by Graeme Base

Author: Base, Graeme

The story starts with Jim having to let his pet mouse go, because he lives on a farm with his mother and one mouse will attract others which will destroy their wheat crop. He returns home after releasing the mouse only to find that their harvester is broken. It looks like a bad year. Then the next day Jim sees a strange man collecting wheat in their fields. Jim could tell the man to leave but instead tells him he is welcome to take some.

Jim's kindness is rewarded later that afternoon when he finds an unusual and magical horn sitting on the gatepost. Then his mouse returns with some friends, but it isn't a plague of mice. Instead it is a plague of very small elephants. More bad news is to come however as a swarm of locusts is heading to the farm to destroy the crops. Can the little elephants help? Or will they just escalate the problems?

This picture book vividly captures this wonderful tale of magic, inventive creatures and of helping others. It shows young readers how being helpful and thoughtful of others can not only be rewarding but also ensure they receive help too.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Penguin Viking title

Little Kiwi and the Noisy Morning by Bob Darroch

Author: Darroch, Bob

In this delightful picture book, young readers join Little Kiwi and Little Sister as they take a walk through the bush. Morning in the bush can be very noisy and very surprising as many birds add their voices to the dawn chorus.

Readers explore with Little Kiwi and Little Sister to find out who makes the sounds of the dawn chorus by lifting up flaps in the book to see who is hiding in the bush. It is an enjoyable and sometimes humorous way for young children to learn about the calls of our native birds and to recognise them. Also watch out for the ladybug on each double page spread. The dawn chorus seems to be too noisy for her.

RRP $15.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Little Kiwi Counts the Chicks from the Little Kiwi Series by BOB DARROCH

Author: Darroch, Bob

Join Little Kiwi on a counting adventure from 1 to 10 and meet all the cheeping chicks of different birds as they hatch from their eggs!

In the silence they heard a faint cheep cheep. Then a tweet tweet. And suddenly there was bird talk everywhere as all the mothers welcomed their new chicks!

'There must be hundreds,' cried Little Sister. 'Let's go and count them!' It's spring and the forest is full of nesting birds. Little Kiwi and Little Sister have never seen so many chicks. They decide to count them all.

A counting reader for 3 to 5 yrs.

Format: Paperback, 24 pages
Publisher: Penguin NZ

Little Kiwi Has a Forest Feast by Bob Darroch

Author: Darroch, Bob

Little Kiwi has a cold and is starving. What better way for his friends to cheer him up than by having a party? A fun new story in Bob Darroch's bestselling Little Kiwi series.

Poor Little Kiwi. He has caught a cold, and all he wants to do is snuggle in his burrow and eat worms.
But words don't quite sound the same when you're all blocked up, and Little Sister gets confused. Is Little Kiwi getting a colt, or has he got a cold? And is he hungry ... or ugly?
Soon all the forest friends have gathered to see what is going on. When they discover he's sick and hungry, they decide to cheer him up with a wonderful feast!
But will the treats they bring him be what he really wants?

Reading Age: 4+years
RRP Paperback NZ$18.99
Publisher: Puffin Randomhouse

Little Kiwi, Whose Nest is Best? By Bob Darroch

Author: Darroch, Bob

The release of this book celebrates the 15th Birthday of the Little Kiwi series
Little Kiwi can't sleep — Little Sister keeps kicking and Dad is snoring! Little Kiwi decides to find himself a better nest. It's too lonesome by himself so Little Kiwi joins Kaka — but the Kaka chicks are far too noisy. The Keas' mountain nest is too cold, Morepork's is too high, Blue Duck's is too damp and Little Kiwi can't even squeeze into Fantail's tiny nest.

For Ages 2 to 8 years.
Paperback RRP $18.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Little Manfred by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Morpurgo, Michael

Little Manfred is the little wooden dachshund that has been passed on from Charlie's mum to her and then to Alex. It now sits on a windowsill, broken, but Charlie used its name to call the family's border collie. However Little Manfred means a lot more to their mother than either of the children, and they don't know why, not until one day when they are at the beach with Mannie.

The year is 1966, the day after England won the World Cup, and Charlie is with Alex and Mannie at the beach when two strange men come walking along. One of them has a definite German accent and they start taking about boats and removing barbed wire. When they hear the dog's name, they suddenly fire questions at the two children, indicating that they have been there and to the farm where Charlie's family live, although he has never met them. It turns out that in 1945 their farmstead home was also a posting for German prisoners of war, and the German man, Walter stayed there.

He tells the children not only of their mother's past when she was a little girl but also of the war. He also explains why the toy dog is called little Manfred.

This book is split into four parts rather than chapters and has enough intrigue to be hard to put down. It also tells of World War Two from a different perspective, one which I would imagine would have been difficult to tell ten or twenty years ago. Some still might be a bit sensitive about what Walter says about the British Navy in particular but actually it is a balanced book, and Walter points out that both sides were to blame. It shows the Germans in World War Two not as enemies but people, some good people and is a thought provoking story.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Little Stars by Jacqueline Wilson

Author: Wilson, Jacqueline

The 5th Hetty Feather Adventure.
Hetty Feather has begun a new chapter in her life story. Escaping from Tanglefield's Travelling Circus with her dearest friend Diamond, Hetty is determined to find them positions as glamorous music hall artistes.

Hetty and Diamond quickly become the Little Stars of Mrs Ruby's show, alongside many colourful acts – including an old friend from Hetty's past, Flirty Bertie. But the Cavalcade proves a dangerous place, and Hetty must fight to protect her darling Diamond who longs for a normal childhood. Meanwhile, Hetty struggles to understand her feelings for Bertie – and for Jem, whom she has never forgotten.

Hetty dreams of a glittering future for herself and Diamond. The bright lights of the London theatre world beckon – will Hetty become a true star?

Starring a cast of wonderful characters, both old favourites and new, this is the fifth fabulous Hetty Feather story.

Reading Age: 8 to 14 years
Paperback RRPNZ$35.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Little Truff and the Whales by Ann Russell & Lara Frizzell

Author: Russell, Ann
Frizzell, Lara

Beautifully written and illustrated this is a warm and inspiring book which includes conservation messages to grip the reader as the well illustrated story unfolds. At the back of the book extra information is included on what to do if you find a stranded whale or a whale in distress. There is also information on how DOC saves Whales entangled in fishing nets plus information on the caring for the Whales volunteer organisation Project Jonah New Zealand. Reading Age: Main story is for 5 to 8 years but the invaluable information in the back of the book is for all ages.

RRP NZ$21.50
Publisher: Ann Russell Books – Publicity Lighthouse PR

Lively Elizabeth by Mara Bergman and illustrated by Cassia Thomas

Author: Bergman, Mara

Lively Elizabeth is a girl who is always running around and causing trouble, but in this story learns her lesson when a push from her starts a chain reaction. The result is that she learns that there are consequences to her actions, but what will happen when the class learns that she is responsible for the disaster that ensues?

The illustrations are wonderfully detailed and really show the mayhem that one small girl can cause. The rhyming text also lends itself to being read aloud, while the story itself might prove very apt for some early learning centres and primary schools.. It really is a great example of what can happen if you push and shove and don't think of the consequences of your actions.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Lives We Leave Behind by Maxine Alterio

Author: Alterio, Maxine

The legacy of World War One has been profound on those who fought, their loved ones and also the nurses and doctors who treated and cared for them when they became sick or injured. Lives We Leave Behind follows the lives of kiwi nursing sisters Meg Dutton and Addie Harrington as they depart Wellington for Egypt along with 70 other nurses.

Meg and Addie couldn't be more different. Meg is a lively spontaneous and fun woman while Addie is quiet, studious and diligent. Thrown together by war torn circumstances, the two form an unlikely alliance as they work first in Egypt and then in France. Together they care for young soldiers injured by bombs, shrapnel, bullets, and bayonets. They also attend to the medical problems associated with trench warfare: frostbite, dysentery, tetanus, typhoid and gas attacks.

Amid the turmoil of working in makeshift hospitals, casualty-clearing stations, trains and barges while ever alert for the next evacuation order, love flourishes. Meg falls in love with Wallace Madison, a brilliant surgeon, while Addie forms an attachment to soldier and artist, Hugh Phillips. As with many wartime romances, both of their relationships are set for turmoil, one due to the conflict around them, and the other due to a dark past that at first is kept hidden.

Meg and Addie's lives are further complicated, when in 1918 large numbers of soldiers who survived the horrors of the trenches are annihilated by the Spanish influenza Epidemic. The two women spend their last months of military service caring for these men while the same strain of influenza reaches New Zealand, causing illness and health problems throughout the country.

Later events in the novel are inspired by the true story of the torpedoing of the British troopship Marquette in 1915. In this tragedy many lives were lost including ten New Zealand nurses.

In this novel Maxine Alterio recreates the stench of the battlefield and the drama of the wartime medical room thanks to meticulous research. The characters in this book reflect the emotional and physical legacies of war. The book also carries themes of risk, love, friendship, disorder, and duty. It throws readers back to a time before many of the modern medical advancements and into situations of extreme pressure and anxiety. It is the startling story of New Zealand's first war nurses told in dramatic novel form.

RRP $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Loki's Wolves: The Blackwell Pages by K L Armstrong and M A Marr

Author: Armstrong, K L
Marr, M A

This is the start of a new and exciting adventure series for nine to twelve year olds that delves into the wold of Norse mythology.

In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop, but now those gods are gone.

Matt Thorsen knows everything there is to know about Norse gods, myth, saga and legend as if it was a part of his own family history. There might be good reason for this, as like most people in the modern day South Dakota town of Blackwell, he and his friends Fen and Laurie are in fact direct decendants of Norse gods Thor or Loki.

When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids - led by Matt - will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt and his friends lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.

Perhaps it is because I am not American but I find it strange how in books of this genre descendants of European gods somehow find themselves living in the U.S. I find it particularly strange with this book, where almost the entire population of an American town with a decidedly English sounding name are supposedly descended from Scandinavian gods. Perhaps I would have found this part of the story more believable if it was set in the New Zealand town of Norsewood, if not actually set in Scandanavia itself.

For those who don't know, about 15% of the population in the Mid-Western state of South Dakota identify themselves as of Norwegan descent and the majority in the state are of German ancestry. I therefore wonder how the writers chose the location for this series. I also wonder why American writers don't seem to choose some of the great Native American myths for basing a novel series blending myth and the present day, set in America.

Now I have voiced my own personal thoughts on this genre, I will tell you what I thought of the book once I got past the setting. When thinking of this type of plotline, obviously Percy Jackson comes to mind, and this does seem to follow a Percy Jackson plot. Readers of my reviews will also know that I am not a big fan of Melissa Marr, although I do respect her for trying to push boundaries and keep to her own style. Unfortunitely, with this book her style has been toned down dramatically, firstly because this is not a book for teenagers, and secondly I suspect due to the influence of K L Armstrong. The result seems to be a cross between Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, not designed to be particularly innovative or different but to be popular and sell.

It is a fun read and explains a lot about Norse mythology. The plot is uncomplicated and the characters are easy to understand, although I hope they gain more depth in the upcoming novels. It is good to see however a book that focuses on friendships while talking about insecurities, longings, disappointments and finding a place where you belong. Illustrations also help to capture some of the fun and excitement of the story while still leaving details for the imagination.

Unlike any of Marr's other work I have read, there is no questionable content and this is perfectly suitable for the intended age group, perhaps so much that adults might find it a little shallow and thin. Overall though children will find this a fun, easy to follow and exciting book, that leads readers to the next chapter in the series with an abrupt and unexpected ending.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Little Brown books title

Long Shot: My bipolar life and the horses who saved me by Sylvia Harris with Eunetta T Boone and Bill Boulware

Author: Harris, Sylvia

At 40, Sylvia Harris became one of the first African American women in US history to win a major horse race. She is also a devoted mother, but her most remarkable story is how she overcame her bipolar disorder with the help of horses.

For years Sylvia struggled with the manic highs and crippling lows of her bipolar disorder, making it difficult to parent her children or even hold down a steady job. After years of trying every known treatment, she managed to find solace and a better equilibrium through a powerful friendship with horses.

Long Shot examines the ravages of Sylvia's bipolar behaviour and the magical power horses seem to have. It also tells us what it is like to be the oldest rookie jockey in the US, the thrill she had in achieving her dreams and to overcome twenty years of adversity.

Long Shot is a truly inspiring book, showing us how the mythic interspecies connection between humans and horses continues to astonish and inspire. It also shows how you are never too old to strive for your dreams. Most importantly it is the story of how one woman had the strength and courage to change her life.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers under the Harper True title

Look Out, Pink Piglet! By Phil Cummings and Sarah Davis

Author: Cummings, Phil
Davis, Sara

Tiny-yet-courageous Pink Piglet helps his friends and faces up to a monster - that turns out to not be scary at all.
Pink Piglet may be the littlest animal in the barn, but his friends know that he is also the bravest. So when a strange new sound frightens Cow, Rooster and Dog, it's up to Pink Piglet to find out what kind of creature it's coming from. A beautifully simple text, with great repetition and rhythm that make it an ideal read-aloud story.

RRP: Paperback NZ$14.99
Picture Book for new entrants and pre-schoolers
Publisher: Publisher Hachette

Lost Empire by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood

Author: Cussler, Clive
Blackwood, Grant

An ancient relic belonging to a long-lost Confederate ship named the Shenandoah finds itself in the hands if treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo. There is something strange about this artefact though, so Sam and Remi set off to uncover the mysterious wreck and its secrets.

Unknown to them, a much more powerful force is engaged in the same chase, a fast-rising Mexican political party, whose members are directly descended from Aztec royalty. Legend has it that a secret onboard will either guarantee their success or destroy them forever, and they will stop at nothing to find the secret first.

From Africa to England, the rainforests of New Guinea, the windswept Kuril Islands, the site of the 1883 Krakatoa explosion and even the Mexico jungle, the search takes the Fargos and their opponents around the world. What secret does the Shenandoah really hold? Will the Fargos find out or will they die in the attempt?

Lost empire is yet another Clive Cussler classic with the heroes of Spartan Gold. With Cussler’s trademarks of suspense, breathtaking action and a story interwoven with mysteries of the deep, this is a book that is hard to put down.

RRP $39.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Lost In The Bush: Keeping yourself safe in New Zealand’s great outdoors by Lindy Kelly with illustrations by Pauline Wimp

Author: Kelly, Lindy

This book has two parts to it. The first is the story of Sam, who lives with his grandfather near the bush. He knows he isn’t to go into the bush, but his grandfather has also told him some tips for surviving if you do get lost in the bush. When out picking plums with his grandfather’s dog Tuffy, Tuffy runs into the bush after a hare. It leaves Sam in a dilemma, does he stay where he is and loose his grandfather’s dog or follow it into the bush? He decided to follow Tuffy, and soon finds that he is lost. Will he able to remember all that his grandfather taught him and will he be found?

The second part of this book gives young readers tips on travelling safely in the New Zealand bush. There is also some very helpful advice on what to do if you get lost in the bush. This section also has some fun activities that children can do to reinforce the messages provided.

The illustrations depict New Zealand’s bush and rural areas well. They combine well with the story making it a book that children will want to read. It is a fun and informative book. The story at the start of the book will also help children remember what they should do if they become lost.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Lost Ocean An Inky Adventure and Colouring Book

Author: Basford, Johanna

A beautiful new colouring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves, from the creator of the worldwide bestsellers, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. Also features a large double-sided pull-out poster to colour and keep.

With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites colour-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea.

With intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, colour and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses and delicately penned seahorses, visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, and discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will delight in this creative journey into an inky new world.

For Lost Ocean Johanna picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and complements your chosen colour palette. The smooth, untextured pages allows for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with coloured pencils, or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.

Created by Johanna Basford
All ages but more suitable for 10yrs+
RRP: $25.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author: Eric, Carle


A picture book for 2+ and also a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, or any day you want to say I LOVE YOU!

You are . . . the cherry on my cake . . . the apple of my eye. You make . . . the sun shine brighter . . . my heart flutter . . .

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell that special someone how much you care. This delightful little book features Eric Carle's bright and distinctive artwork of favourite things, from pretty sweets to sparkling stars, with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one.

Ages 2+
Format: Hardback, 26 pages
RRP: $15.99
Publisher: Puffin

Love You: Be Your Best and Live Your Dreams by Kimberley Crossman

Author: Crossman, Kimberley

Love You is a self help book for young woman. It works on the premise that if you love yourself, you can achieve your dreams. In it, successful actress and TV host, Kimberley Crossman shares her life lessons and tools for building confidence, which will make positive changes and enable women to attain their goals. She reflects on the important influences in her life and shares how she overcame challenges in order to obtain her dream.

Readers will find this book full of practical advice and exercises that will help with goal setting, relationship building and obtaining a positive self-image. It also includes chapters on self-confidence, family, friendships, travel exercise, jealousy, money, social media advice and beauty tips making it much more than just a motivational guide to help women obtain their dream career.

It has been designed with 16 to 24 year olds in mind and is written not only in a way that makes it interesting and entertaining but will also appeal to this readership. While finding some gossip about a successful New Zealand actress and her life, readers will become motivated and inspired to love themselves and achieve their goals.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Luigi's Freedom Ride By Alan Murray

Author: Murray, Alan

A wholly charming, sweetly funny story of one young good-hearted Italian man.

It's about life, bicycles, the joy of the journey and the simple beauty of a life well-lived.
'It is the small lives, tucked away, that reveal humanity in all its bigness.' A charming treat of a novel as sunny, light and enjoyable as a strawberry gelato eaten in an Italian piazza on a summer's day.
Luigi is a young Italian boy growing up in Tuscany in the 1920s, dreaming of cowboys and adventure, when a young Englishman, passing through on his way to Rome, gives him his first bicycle, thus sparking a lifelong passion.
When World War II begins, Luigi enlists with the Bersaglieri, the Italian Army Cycling Corps (naturally), before unexpectedly finding himself fighting alongside the Partisans.
Despite encountering great sorrow and tragedy, Luigi's zest for life remains undiminished and his next adventure sees him cycling through the Holy Land, Turkey and Sri Lanka before finding an unexpected home and an extraordinary surprise in Australia.
An irrepressibly optimistic, sweetly funny story, Luigi's Freedom Ride is about life, bicycles and the joy of the journey, showing how even a small life, lived in the shadow of great events, can be rich in contentment and spirit.

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross

Author: Cross, Neil

DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands loyalty from his friends and colleagues and nobody who has stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. However there is a dark side to him. He is not corrupt but tormented. He seethes with a hidden fury that he battles to control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things way beyond the limits of the law to bring about justice.

The Calling is the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI Luther. It takes us into Luther's past and into his dark, tormented mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart. It is the case that first propelled him over the precipice, beyond fury, beyond rage, beyond vengeance and all the way to murder.

Only once in a while an iconic detective is creates, and since the creation of CSI, it seems to be happening less and less, but Luther is one of them. John Luther is a man who will stop at nothing to see justice served. He is unforgettable. If you love thrilling detective series, featuring iconic detectives, you will love Luther: The Calling

RRP $35.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Machine Wars by Michael Pryor

Author: Pryor, Michael

A fast paced book on end of world survival for 10+ years and especially for reluctant readers as the telling of the story by a young boy inexorably pulls them in. This book doesn’t pull any punches in describing what happens when soul-less machines attempt to take over the planet.

Everyone knew it was just a matter of time but Bram and his family weren’t expecting it to be today! On every corner machines are waiting to kill everyone including our hero Bram who uses his own machine the wise cracking Roboduck to help him save the world.
Age group 11+ years
RRP: 21.99
Publisher: Random House

MAD by Chloe Esposito

Author: Esposito, Chloe

The first in a series of dark, sexy thrillers set across London and Sicily.

Alvie Knightly's heart is on the wrong side of her body. Perhaps that's why nothing in her life has ever gone right. Unlike her twin sister Beth. Beth is the mirror Alvie cannot bear to look into. She has a villa in Sicily and is married to a fabulously rich art-dealer, while Alvie lives in a bedsit and works in telesales. Tinder is her only friend. Then out of the blue she gets a message from a desperate Beth: please come to Italy, I need to ask you something . . .

It's seven days that will change everything, when Alvie realizes that the perfect life is suddenly within her grasp. But to keep it she might have to break a few rules . . .

Set over over one wild week in the dead of summer, Mad is the sexy, hilarious and unexpectedly violent tale of two sisters fighting over one destiny.

Reading age: Adult
RRP: RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

Made By Hand: Natural foods to nourish and delight by Julie Le Clerc

Author: Le Clerc, Julie

Julie Le Clerc is well known for creating innovative flavours and trusted recipes that you can rely on. As a former café owner, caterer and chef, Julie was able to develop and express her own recipe style before turning her talents to food writing. This award-winning writer is now dedicated to the pursuit of good food. Her cookbooks reflect her background and influences but are filled with uncomplicated yet clever recipes that encourage keen home cooks.

The book starts off with some handy conversion charts and essential natural ingredients to have in your pantry, before going through a glossary of terms to make it easier for those relatively new to cooking or to some of the ingredients used.

Each recipe starts with a note from Julie about the dish then gives the amount of people it serves, and the coding for the particular dietary requirements before giving you the ingredients and method. Unfortunately the dietary requirements part I don’t like as until you become familiar with the book you have to keep flicking back to the contents page to see what they mean. Maybe that is why the back cover flips over, so you can fold it onto the recipe you are reading while you look up the terms you don’t know and the key.

The book starts with Break of Day, which of course is breakfast, then goes to Kitchen Garden including how to make a kitchen garden, Market Fresh including a section on recycling, Go With The Grain including being organic savvy, Light and Fragrant including a piece on oils, Natural Baking and Happy Family Food before finishing with Pure Puddings and a section on eco-cleaning. You will notice that the pages are rather stiff and the book has a tendency to close prematurely when you first get it which is another reason for the unusual back cover no doubt. Also the page numbers are a bit small and being at the top of the page, not the bottom can be a bit hard to find. These minor problems should not detract from wonderful recipes however.

The recipes are simply set out with easy to follow steps and are illustrated with Julie’s own photographs. The recipes use fresh, healthy ingredients. Julie says the book is all about flavour not sacrifice, it is about having your cake and eating it too. The recipes show that healthy meals can be easy to create and delicious to taste.

RRP $52.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Madoff: The Man Who Stole $65 Billion by Erin Arvedlund

Author: Arvedlund, Erin

It might be hard to imagine how anyone could in reality steal $65 Billion especially when you think of what the New Zealand government could do with the money and how quickly fraud is spotted when it is only a mere fraction of that amount. To give you an idea of how much money it is, it would be the entire fortunes of Bill Gates, Roman Abramovich and Tiger Woods combined. It really did happen though, and the man, Bernard Madoff was hailed as a financial genius.

Backed by governments and global banks, Madoff defrauded $65 billion from charities and individual investors including Stephen Spielberg before being turned in by his own sons. He faced eleven charges and received eleven guilty verdicts, swapping his penthouse for a prison cell, but only $1 billion was left.

This book is the definitive account of the rise and fall of the biggest fraudster ever. It is a story of greed, betrayal and lies, of remorseless risk taking, family tragedy and financial disaster. It is a true story that has all the makings of a great novel.

Investigative reporter Erin Arvedlund was among the first to expose Madoff back in 2001, but Wall Street and the financial world didn’t listen. In this book she answers the crucial unanswered questions including why and when Madoff turned his business into a massive fraud, how he fooled so many investors for so long, who knew the truth and most importantly who is Bernard Madoff.

If you are a person that likes to stop at the end of chapters, a glimpse inside the front cover will have you thinking this book is not for you as despite it being over 300 pages long, only six titles make up the index, with the body of the story contained apparently in one very long chapter. However if you take the time to start the book you will notice that there are actually chapters although they are still quite long. For those who are interested in financial markets or true crime stories though the story is an enthralling and thought provoking read.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Mafia Princess by Marisa Merico

Author: Merico, Marisa

Mafia Princess is the autobiography of the daughter of one of Italy’s most notorious Mafia Godfathers. Born to an English mother, Marisa turned her back on the quiet life living in Blackpool, England to join her father who had spent years trying to tempt her to Italy. Arriving in Milan, Marisa had no idea that she was returning to the heart of one of the most notorious drugs, arms and money laundering empires in the world.

At first her father shielded her from the family operations and Marisa was overwhelmed by the attention and gifts he lavished on her. To her, he was all powerful, sophisticated and loving. She was dazzled by him and knew he would do anything for her. Then, the temptation of a new recruit proved too great and she was drawn ever deeper in the family’s brutal regime, witnessing things she was to scared to believe.

Then when she fell in love with and eloped with her father’s chief henchman, her father decided she was ready to be initiated into the true nature of the family business. Suddenly, Marisa knew that there was also no limit to what her father would expect her to do for him. She knew it was wrong and wanted to get out but had no idea how to break the sacred Cosa Nostra.

Suddenly, when it seemed she was trapped in a life of crime, her aunt revealed everything to the authorities and Marisa, her father and 90 other members of the DiGiovine family were imprisoned and caught up in a six month trial that gripped Italy.

Marisa’s extraordinary story gives readers insight into the world of a mafia family in a powerful account of one woman’s life. It is the story of shocking violence, dangerous betrayals and enduring love.

Marisa is now out of prison and lives in Blackpool, England while awaiting the outcome of her extradition hearing which could result in her returning to Italy to serve the remainder of her sentence.

This is an excellent read for anyone who is interested in true crime drama and finding out what La Cosa Nostra is really like.

RRP $36.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Magic (The) by Rhonda Byrne

Author: Byrne, Rhonda

In The Secret, Rhonda Byrne revealed the law of attraction, in The Power she uncovered the single greatest force in the universe, now in The Magic, Rhonda reveals life-changing knowledge concealed within a two thousand year old sacred text. From there she takes readers on an unforgettable journey teaching them how to apply this knowledge in every area of their life and to get the magic back in their lives.

No matter who you are or what your circumstances are, The Magic can change your entire life. She points out that magic does really exist and that it is the disillusioned adult perspective of life that is false. In the book there are 28 magical practices designed for readers to develop and use their gratitude to improve their lives.

This book has the power to change and to improve lives although there will also be some who will be sceptical. Although this book does quote religious texts it is more about spirituality than championing a particular religion.

RRP $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Magic and Makutu by David Hair

Author: Hair, David

The sixth title in the Aotearoa series For Matiu Douglas, apprentice tohunga, the ultimate test of his skill, courage and magical prowess awaits. Hine-nui-te-po, Goddess of Death, is calling and from all across Aotearoa, those who dream of power and immortality are gathering for the struggle. Mat and his friends must face old enemies and new as they seek to prevent the destruction of a city and the inexorable rise of evil. To succeed will bring immortality, power and the love of the goddess. To fail is to die, and doom the land. Return to Aotearoa, where past, present, myth and magic dwell together in one timeless, unforgettable place.
For Age group 12+
rrp: $24.99
Publisher: Harper Collins

Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga No 3) by Raymond E. Feist

Author: Feist, Raymond E.

The final volume in the epic Riftwar Cycle.

Civil war is tearing apart the Kingdom of the Isles, for the throne lies empty and rivals are converging. Having spirited his beloved Princess Stephanie safely out of Roldem, Hal -now Duke of Crydee- must turn his attention to the defence of the ancient realm so that a king can be anointed by the Congress of Lords, rather than by right of might.

But the greatest threat may well lie out of the hands of men. Somewhere in the Grey Towers Mountains something not of this world is emerging. It will require that alliances be made between mortal enemies if disaster is to be averted.

Elves and men must stand together, ancient heroes must rise again, dragons must fly and Pug, Magnus and the other magic-users of Midkemia must be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice if the whole world is to be saved.

Fantasy for both young and old.

RRP $44.99
Publisher: Harper Voyager

Magnus Chase And The Hammer Of Thor by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

My name is Magnus Chase. Two months ago I died fighting a Fire Giant and woke up in Hotel Valhalla as one of Odin’s warriors. Time for a rest? I wish.

When I meet Otis, an informant with a lead on Thor’s missing hammer, all I get is the name ‘Provincetown’ before a wolf-masked assassin takes him out and warns me to stay away.

Someone really doesn’t want me to find the hammer, and even if I could it’s rumoured to be underground, guarded by powerful magic.

But the giant armies are on the move, preparing to invade. If I don’t find it, they’ll ravage the Nine Worlds, starting with the streets of Boston.

There’s just one person who could help. Someone who demands a very high price: the gods’ worst enemy, Loki.

Reading Age: 12 - 18 years
RRP: $26.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random house New Zealand

Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead (Book 3) by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

Rick Riordan's Norse hero faces his greatest challenge yet in the final instalment of the series.

Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now he's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki's plans, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail on Midsummer's Day.
Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon who happens to be a former acquaintance. But Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. To defeat Loki, Magnus will need to use words, not force. This will require finding a magical elixir so deadly that it will either make Magnus Chase powerful enough to out-talk the silver-tongued Loki, or destroy Magnus utterly.

Reading age: 13 to 19 years.
RRP: Paperback NZ$26.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer (Book 1) by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer (Book 1) by Rick Riordan My name is Magnus Chase. I'm orphaned and living rough on the streets of Boston. And things are about to get much worse.

My day started out normally enough. I was sleeping under a bridge when some guy kicked me awake and said, 'They're after you.' Next thing I know, I'm reunited with my obnoxious uncle, who casually informs me that my long-lost father is a Norse god.

Nothing normal about that. And it turns out the gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Apparently, if I can't find the sword my father lost two thousand years ago, there will be doom. Doomsday, to be precise.

A fire giant attacking the city?
Immortal warriors hacking each other to pieces?
Unkillable wolves with glowing eyes?
It's all coming up.

But first I'm going to die.

This is the story of how my life goes downhill from there . . .

Reading Age 14 – 19 years
RRP NZ$26.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Make Me: (Jack Reacher 20) by Lee Child

Author: Child, Lee

This pacy, nailbiting new Jack Reacher thriller is sure to be one of Lee Child’s most addictive reads yet.

Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover.

He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat... but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

Reacher's one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest...into the heart of darkness. Prepare to be nailed to your seat by another hair-raising, heart-pounding adventure from the kick ass master of the thriller genre!

Adult & Young Adult Fiction
RRP: Paperback $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Make Your Database Your Goldmine by Debbie Mayo-Smith

Author: Mayo-Smith, Debbie

Productivity expert Debbie Mayo-smith claims she has the answers to increasing sales, improving customer service, improving business value and saving a company time in this new book. In it she shows readers how they can use their existing customer information for profitable marketing, customer service and reporting initiatives.

It takes readers through everything they need to know about using a database effectively for business using readily available and common computer programmes. There are even screen shots to help the reader know what is being said in the text. It is written to be easily understood and there are also real life examples to show how effective the things mentioned in this book are. It opens with strategies and tips for improving existing data collection and usage, then moves on to how you can save time working with the data before finally concluding with how you can get the information you want immediately and use it to your company’s best advantage.

Although this book is targeted primarily at commercial businesses, schools may also find it useful (with some adaptation of ideas) to better inform parents of what is happening in the school, keep in tough with ex students, and for targeting parents of prospective students. It is also a useful book for those interested in business studies or Information Technology as it shows how programmes like excel can be used in a real world business model to improve productivity and marketing potential.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Making A World Of Difference by Miles Roston

Author: Roston, Miles

Making A World Of Difference is filled with inspiring stories of heroic individuals from around the world who solve problems and save lives. Within each of their communities, the people featured in this book saw a problem and set about solving it.

This is a book about ordinary people whose selfless acts of giving make the world a better place for those less fortunate than themselves. It shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of sometimes thousands of people, not with millions of dollars but with a little kindness and thinking outside the square.

The things that unite all the people featured in Making A World Of Difference are their passion, compassion and integrity. They are problem solvers, revolutionaries and creatives but they are also just people like the rest of us. This is a truly inspirational book showing how ordinary people can make a difference and make the world a better place through their actions. Some of the stories will have you laughing, others will have you crying, but all are thought provoking.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Exisle Publishing

Making Champion Men by Billy Graham with Phil Gifford

Author: Graham, Billy
Gifford, Phil

Billy Graham says that he would have been born on the wrong side of of the tracks in Naenae if his mates hadn’t already stolen them. From lessons learned the hard way, he as able to create one of the remarkable success stories in New Zealand youth work, the Naenae Boxing Academy. His own history and background helped make the adademy what it is today, as readers will find out.

Billy has been a national boxing champion and globally recognised motivational speaker, but since he was twelve had always wanted to own a gym and came home to Naenae six years ago to start the academy.

This is not an ordinary boxing gym though as even the bright décor and posters reveal It takes troubled boys and turns them into good young men. And it is very successful. Local police say crime is down 30% since the Academy started and a Massey University study confirmed the academy’s ability to turn the lives around of troubled youths. The study went for six months and Billy wasn’t aware of it until the last week.

It might seem strange that a sport seen by many as thuggish and promoting violent behavour could bring about change, but the sport is about discipline and respect. Both can be lacking from the lives of some of our problem youths. Also boys need heroes and the boxing academy gives them people to look up to.

I caught up with Billy after reading the book and asked him about the success of the academy. He said that many of the boys coming throught the academy do not have dads around and the instructors fill the role (athough by their age, they are probibly more like granddads). Also there are clear rules in the gym. Everyone has to shake hands , there is no swearing and no alcohol. There are posters around the gym and each member gets a smal book which he calls a passport. They contain what Billy calls cornerstones to success and if the boys learn them, they have free lifetime membership.

It is a fun place and boys want to be there, therefore they keep to the rules knowing that if they disobey, they will be out. Billy also tends to work on a two strikes method as he proved recently with a young offender caught for graffiti. Billy made him go around cleaning graffiti off walls to learn there are consequences to his actions and the boy also knows if he ever breaks one of the cornerstones again he will be out.

Billy also says one of the things he teaches is that you don’t need alcohol to have fun. There is no alcohol allowed at his boxing tournaments or in the gym, but the boys still have fun and enjoy themselves.

Either speaking to Billy or by reading this book, you quickly discover that he is a likeable person who is passionate about what he does and about the need to give boys guidance on what is right. Making Champion Men will also give readers valuable insight into how they can create the same miracles in their home or community. The book is made easier to read through Billy’s sense of humour and some great anecdotes.

If you are an intermediate or high school, it might also interest you to know that Xerox also sponsor Billy to do school visits.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Manners Magic For Children: A Guide to Popularity and Success by Patsy Rowe

Author: Rowe, Patsy

Manners Magic For Children is written for seven to ten year olds to help them develop good personal skills. Patsy Rowe believes that having good personal skills is the magic key that opens many doors throughout life.

If a child has left you annoyed ir frustrated by their reaction to some everyday social reactions, then they need to read this book. It will teach them what to do and when to do it plus help to navigate them through society’s do’s and don’ts. It helps them to put their best foot forward and be confident in any social situation.

Manners Magic will show children how to make a good impression, how to make good introductions, how to be a good sport, how to be a good host, about manners at the dinner table plus tips for tackling tricky food, telephone plus texting manners and internet safety plus etiquette. It even covers when to use words like please, thank you, excuse me, I’m sorry and pardon.

Patsy Rowe is the best-selling author of nine books, three of which are on etiquette. This book has a light hearted tone, yet offers valuable advice which will help children through life’s journey.

RRP $14.99
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand:
Understanding the culture, protocols and customs by Buddy Mikaere

Author: Mikaere, Buddy

In this book, Buddy Mikaere recounts the origins and journeys of the Maori ancestors, how they travelled great distances from their place of origin, through the Polynesian islands and finally to the land now known as New Zealand.

This book is unique in the fact that it is written from a wholly Maori perspective regarding the history of Aotearoa, as opposed to the Pakeha perspective. It explains in great detail not only the aspects of everyday Maori life, but also how the European people and their arrival irrevocably altered the lives and history of the country.

It's indeed fascinating to learn about the history of the country from a Maori perspective, and this book would be recommended for anyone wanting to learn about the Maori culture, their way of life, their arts and crafts as well as their language.

RRP: $29.99
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Maori Patterns - Colour Your World

Author: Manuel, Mitch

A beautiful book filled with M?ori patterns and symbols to colour in! A good classroom resource and also for all the family 6 years and upwards.

Lose yourself in the patterns found on these pages and bring the beauty of Maori design to life with this contemporary colouring book of pattern and illustration.

Put together and drawn by Mitch Manuel a tutor at the Maori University Te Wananaga O Raukawa in Otaki Wellington. He has trained in Maori motif, meanings and stories and draws on this knowledge for the Vector based pattern work displayed in the images in this book.

Created by Mitch Manuel.
For 6+yrs to Adult.
RRP: NZ$19.99
Publisher: New Holland Publishers Pty Limited

Maori Tales of Long Ago by A W Reed with illustrations by A S Paterson

Author: Reed, A W

Maori Tales of Long Ago contains some of the best loved Maori myths and legends presented in the traditional manner of a Maori elder telling village children. In this case, the Maori storyteller is genial old Popo and he is telling these stories to Rata and Hine, the chief’s son and daughter. The writer brings the stories alive with the help of illustrator, Alan Stuart Paterson’s eight colour plates and charming drawings.

If you are wondering why Maori Tales of Long ago has the feel of an older style children’s book, it is because it is a facsimile edition of a classic collection of stories originally compiled in two hardcover volumes, ‘Maori Tales of Long Ago’ and ‘Wonder Tales of Maoriland’ published by A W and A H Reed during the late 1940’s. These volumes were best-sellers of their time, and now re-released in a complete volume of 16 stories, they give a new generation of New Zealand children a lyrical introduction to the world of Maori mythology.

The only thing added to the original stories is a new foreword from David Simmons, a distinguished ethnologist, former assistant director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and author of several books on Maoritanga.

Alexander Wyclif (Clif) Reed was born a century ago and with his uncle A H (Alf) Reed ran a publishing business that would play a central role in New Zealand publishing. Clif was the author of over 200 books and is remembered most for his children’s tales. He died in 1979. Alan Stuart Paterson was born in 1902 and worked as staff illustrator for the dominion newspaper for 25 years, as well as illustrating several books. He died in 1968.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: New Holland

Margherita's Recipes for Love by Elisabetta Flumeri and Gabriella Giacometti

Author: Flumeri, Elisabetta
Giacometti, Gabriella

Escape to the winding cobblestone streets and rolling hills of Tuscany in this delicious, romantic and charming tale perfect for fans of Chocolat and Under the Tuscan Sun.

Margherita is a spirited young woman with a passion for cooking. When her heart is broken in Rome, she returns to her hometown of Roccafitta, a small Tuscan village filled with lovable eccentrics and beautiful vineyards. She dreams of saving enough money to reopen her late mother’s restaurant and hopes she may find help from the handsome stranger in town, Nicola Ravelli. An aloof and ambitious businessman, Nicola is buying up the village’s vineyards and is also on the lookout for a personal chef. Though the two dislike one another immediately, Nicola agrees to pay Margherita well for each delicious meal she prepares for his various business meetings. But with each new dish, Nicola discovers that he is the one being seduced and Margherita realizes that she is expressing much more through her cooking than she cares to admit. Featuring the recipes for the seductive Italian dishes described in the story, including roast duck and the delectable pastry, baci di dama (a lady’s kiss), Margherita’s Recipes for Love is an engaging and warm celebration of the power of food and its ability to nourish, stimulate, and express emotion - a satisfying read for every season.

RRP: $35
Adult Fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our School by David Mackintosh

Author: Mackintosh, David

This book starts off reflecting the feelings that many students have when someone new joins the class. The narrator looks for all the things that make that new person (Marshall Armstrong) different, without really getting to know him.

When he is invited to Marshall's birthday party, he dreads going because of all the things that makes him different. He suspects that they won't be allowed to play and that the party will be really boring. He finds instead that first impressions are not always accurate and differences can be fun.

This is a great book for showing children that they shouldn't have preconceptions about new classmates because of what they might look like, but should get to know them before they judge them. The large book with its humour and large pictures make it a good choice for reading and discussion in front of a class of young readers.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Matched by Ally Condie

Author: Condie, Ally

Set in the future, Matched occurs in a culture and civilisation that seems possibly as alien to us as things from our world seem to the inhabitants of Ally Condie’s creation. It is a world where cufflinks and compacts are treated as treasures though people don’t seem to know the exact purpose of them. It is also a civilisation where marriages are arranged by the local authority and where teenagers are matched at a ceremony at City Hall some time during their seventeenth year.

The society in Matched is a bit reminiscent of the one in George Orwell’s 1984 in that everyone lives in a very controlled society. There are curfews, people’s sleep and dreams are monitored, and the days are carefully mapped out with rules on what you can and cannot do with your time. Even things like music, poems, paintings and stories have been whittled down by committee to the best 100. It is even a society when death is pre decided by society. It is a society lacking freedoms, and for what purpose? Is it really a better society? Are people really happy living under the controls placed upon them?

It is also a society where people learn only what they need to and one that holds a mistrust of technology because it is apparently what failed the last society.

Enter Cassia Maria Reyes. On her seventeenth birthday she has been selected to attend her Match Banquet and also attending is her good friend Xander. While Xander is calm about the process, she is both nervous and happy. Neither will have met their match before, and their matches will also be waiting with no doubt some interpretation in another City Hall. The pictures of matches appear on a screen and each match is given a box giving information about the person they have been matched with. The boxes will later house their marriage contracts. It may not seem very romantic to us, but Cassia finds it very romantic. Then again, a lot about this society doesn’t seem romantic, the way matches are chosen, the way they get married at 21 so they can have children near the age of 24, the optimum age for fertility and the way most get to know their matches by memory cards.

It is unlikely that a perfect match is ever found in the same city, but For Cassia, he is. Her perfect match is selected to be Xander. She is the only one that has a selection from the same town. She is a bit distressed by a comment someone makes to her father though. Also she has the sense of loss in her heart because some of the anticipated mystery is taken away because they already know each other.

When Cassia puts the card in the port to read it though, something strange happens. At first it shows Xander as her match, but then the screen goes blank and it shows someone else. What could it mean? She has been led to believe society doesn’t make mistakes but how could she have two matches? She then finds out that the other boy, Ky should never been in the system. He is an Aberration and not eligible to be a match.

Cassia can’t help but think of the mysterious Ky, then when Ky sees Cassia reading forbidden poems her grandfather gave her on the night of his death, the two share a secret and are drawn closer together. Was the card right after all? Is Ky her match?

As can be expected with this type of novel, it takes a while to get into as not only characters but the civilisation and its rules must also be set up. It is well worth the wait though as it is a thought provoking novel about social engineering wrapped up in an intriguing love story. Some will see that many of the controls that form the basis for the society in this book are actually themselves based on and extrapolated from ideas expressed by some now. It makes the reader appreciate freedoms and the world we live in. Everything might not be planned for us but that is the enjoyment of life, to make your own way. Can Cassia make her own way in such a controlling and controlled society? As the poem she read asks, will she ‘rage against the dying of the light’ or will her words fork no lightning?

Matched is also a love story about a girl torn between two men she loves in different ways. Xander is her match, the one she is supposed to be with, the one she has known for-ever and the one she knows as well as she knows herself. Ky, however is mysterious. Before the mistake with the card, she hardly knew him at all. Now Ky reveals his story she finds herself falling for Ky too and longing for his touch. It is more thought provoking than a normal love story and readers will find themselves asking many questions about freedom and choice. It is an excellent, intelligent read.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Razorbill title

Maui - Sun Catcher by Tim Tipene

Author: Tipene, Tim

A new telling of the Maui catching the sun myth is set to connect with young readers in English and Maori.

Award-winning author and illustrator team Tim Tipene and Zak Waipara set the modern Maui as a schoolboy who lives with his mother and four older brothers in a city where the day is never long enough to get things done.
Maui grasps the mantle:
Mum, I'm gonna catch that Sun for you.
That Sun who's always on the run.

With their woven flax net, the brothers drive to the pit where the Sun lives, and make their play to slow the day.

Reading Age: Children's Fiction
RRP: $24.99 hardcover
Publisher: Oratia Books

Maui and Other Maori legends by Peter Gossage

Author: Gossage, Peter

A beautiful hardback collection of storyteller and illustrator Peter Gossage's beloved Maori myths, in one stunning volume.

Peter Gossage's memorable retellings of Maori oral myths have captivated the childen of New Zealand for generations. Their dramatic and distinctive illustrations with minimal yet evocative language from a powerful combination, and each has earned its place among the beloved classics of our literature.

These are exciting, magical tales of adventure and intrigue. Several feature the remarkable culture hero Maui - the quick-witted and trickster - whose exploits include slowing the sun in its course across the sky, fishing up the North Island/Te lka a Maui, discovering the secret of fire and his attempt to trick the goddess of death and become immortal.

Maui and Other Maori Legends contains eight essential legends. In this volume you will find timeless favourites such as How Maui Found his MOther, Battle of the Mountains, Pania of the Reef and many more.

Reading Age: 7 to 12
RRP: $40.00 hardback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

MAX PERKINS: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg

Author: Berg, A. Scott

Biography of A. Scott Berg now a cinematic event...

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage bring to life a cinematic version of the National Book Award winning biography MAX PERKINS: Editor of Genius.

MAX PERKINS: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg took the literary world by storm upon its publication in 1978, garnering rave reviews and winning the National Book Award. A meticulously-researched and engaging portrait of the man who introduced the public to the greatest writers of this century, Berg's biography stands as one of the finest books on the publishing industry ever written.

Given unprecedented access to the correspondence between Perkins and his writers, Berg has fashioned a compellingly thorough biography that is as entertaining as it is informative.

Reading Age: Adult
Paperback NZ $28.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Max Your Marks by Rowena Austin and Annie Hastwell with Dorothy Vinicombe

Author: Austin, Rowena
Hastwell, Annie
Vinicombe, Dorothy

The title alone will probably put this book on the must read list for any student serious about study. Like the title says, this books gives tips from top New Zealand students on how they blitzed year 13. It is packed with all sorts of practical and inventive suggestions straight from the mouths of top students from here and across the Tasman.

Max Your Marks is not just a suggestion on how to study for a particular test or final exams but covers all areas of a student’s life from study routines and managing stress to how to fit in a social life and where to study.

This helpful book features concise and well organised ideas from top students as well as some anecdotes from them, practical tips on how to maximise study skills while maintaining a healthy life balance, how to excel at skill and still balance time with friends family and fun. There is also some good advice on how to cope with stress and pressure from parents, peers and teachers.

Since this book not only gives actual tried and tested tips from top students but covers all aspects of a student’s life, there is no better book around to help students cope with the pressures of Year 13. It is the best way for New Zealand students to get the best tips and advice from senior students. Some of the advice will be able to also be used well beyond completion of High School.

RRP $23.99
Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Max`s Bath by Barbro Lindgren & illustrated by Eva Eriksson

Author: Lindgren, Barbro

This much-loved tale is now available as a board-book—perfect for being held by little hands & great for reading out loud.

Max is an independent little character, bursting with energy and ideas. Young readers will be thrilled by his everyday play and his friendship with the faithful, but not always willing, Dog.

This is a wonderful first book for toddlers that perfectly captures the play world of children and the delight and frustration of Max's Bath time adventures: splashing about, submerging every toy—including his cookie—in the water, and generally having as much fun as possible!

Suitable for 0 to 5 years.
Extent: 24 pages
$14.99 RRP
Publisher: Gecko Press

Max`s Bear by Barbro Lindgren & illustrated by Eva Eriksson

Author: Lindgren, Barbro

Max has a new adventure with his faithful companions bear and dog.

This is a wonderful first book for toddlers that perfectly captures the play world of children.Perfect for being held by little hands & great for reading out loud.

Max, Dog and bear are playing in bed when bear takes a tumble into the potty.

Here comes Dog to the rescue! -

Suitable for 0 to 5 years.
Extent: 26 pages
$14.99 RRP
Publisher: Gecko Press

Max`s Wagon by Barbro Lindgren & illustrated by Eva Eriksson

Author: Lindgren, Barbro

This much-loved tale is now available as a boardbook—perfect for being held by little hands & great for reading out loud.

Max takes Dog, bear and all his toys on a wagon ride—but he's in for a big surprise!

This is a wonderful first book for toddlers that perfectly captures the play world of children and the delight and frustration as Max attempts to get through the house and out into the garden without losing any of the toys loaded into his wagon. Dog is there to help—but can he be trusted?

Suitable for 0 to 5 years.
Extent: 22 pages
$14.99 RRP
Publisher: Gecko Press

Maybe by Morris Gleitzman

Author: Gleitzman, Morris

The next powerful episode in the life of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman’s multi-award-winning Once, Then, Now, After and Soon.

1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else.
Fourteen-year-old Felix is one of them. When he’s offered a journey to somewhere far away, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn’t actually invited.
They have high hopes for their new land, and their dramatic arrival there makes them want to stay. But before Felix and Anya can embrace the love and friendship of their new world, they must confront the murderous urge for revenge still alive in the old.
Felix knows he hasn’t faced anything like this before.
He may not survive, but he’s hoping he will.

Reading Age: 14 to 19 years.
RRP: NZ$24.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Maybe in Another Life

Author: Jenkins Reid, Taylor

A Novel
A People Magazine Pick * US Weekly “Must” Pick

Named “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour * Good Housekeeping * USA TODAY * Cosmopolitan * PopSugar * Working Mother * Bustle * Goodreads

From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

Type: Adult Fiction
Author: Taylor Jenkins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ME. YOU: A Diary by Dawn French

Author: French, Dawn

It’s interactive – the reader and Dawn will spend a year together travelling through the days, the months and the seasons of the year to make sense of it. You can add the usual lists, appointments, thoughts and reminders of who you want to kill, on what day and in what order! But Dawn has also written into the pages about age and life as she sees it through the seasons and the months along with her pet hates and loves. Not your usual diary; more an interactive and hilarious self-help book to keep you sane through-out the year!

Reading age: Adult – Non-Fiction
RRP: Hardback NZ$45.00
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse

Meals without Meat by Alison and Simon Holst

Author: Holst, Alison and Simon

Dame Alison Holst has been inspiring New Zealand vegetarians in the kitchen for nearly 50 years, and Meals Without Meat, the classic first collaboration with her son Simon nearly 30 years ago, still remains their most successful title, with over 250,000 copies sold.

Now this practical and best-selling cookbook has been completely redesigned in a contemporary format to appeal to a new generation of home cooks.

Packed with over 240 easy-to-prepare recipes using economical and readily available ingredients and with useful information about how to cook beans, grains, lentils and rice, it is the ideal source of good meal ideas for families, students and the increasing number of people concerned with eating less meat.

Reading Age: 13 to Adult
RRP: $29.99 paperback
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

Melie's Kitchen by Amelia Ferrier

Author: Ferrier, Amelia

Amelia Ferrier, or Melie as she is known to her fans, has amassed an enthusiastic following for the delectable creations she shares on Instagram and her Melie's Kitchen blog. Balancing university studies with a busy baking schedule, which includes fulfilling cake orders every week, Amelia is otherwise a typical teenager. But her flair in the kitchen has earned her a reputation as one of New Zealand's most innovative bakers. In her debut cookbook she shares recipes for pretty cupcakes, stunningly decorated cakes and indulgent pastries, cookies and slices, as well as her signature flavour-packed fillings, icings and toppings. With step-by-step photographs showing how to recreate favourite recipes from her blog, plus practical hints and tips for novice bakers, this is the ultimate cake-lovers' cookbook.

Reading Age: Young Adult to Adult
RRP: $40.00 Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Author: Lim, Rebecca

Mercy is an angel who has been exiled from heaven along with fallen angel Lucifer. Now she must atone for taking his side and earn her right to enter heaven again. Until she does, she is doomed to keep returning to earth to help humans in crisis. Each time she returns to earth she must make new ties. She never knows whose body she will inhabit and she must also not give herself away or get caught up in the games people play.

This book starts when Mercy wakes to find herself on a school bus bound for the small town of Paradise. It is a place where everyone knows each other’s business, or thinks they do, but it would seem Mercy is not the only one harbouring secrets.

In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years previous and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. This might not be so easy, as not only do they have to worry about the mortal world but a host of angels are out for Mercy’s blood and want to punish her for a crime she can’t remember. To make matters worse, her dreams are being haunted by the desperate pleas of her beloved Luc and she must ultimately decide between Lucifer and the boy who risks everything for her love.

Mercy is a great read for those of you who want a paranormal thriller ands are sick of them consisting of love stories with vampires, or traditionally demonic creatures less interested in killing than having a romance with humans. Mercy is a combination of tough characters including tough angels and a strong central female character, mystery and justice, with a little romance thrown in. It is the first book in which promises to be an exciting new series for young adults.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers under the Angus and Robertson title

Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton

Author: Scotton, Rob

Splat the cat can’t wait for Christmas and he is sure he has been good enough for Santa to bring him a big present, but just to be absolutely certain Splat decides to make himself extra helpful. Will it work? Splat finds out that being extra helpful is definitely tiring, but when he goes to bed on Christmas Eve, he is kept awake by a single thought; just how good do you have to be for Santa to visit?

This is yet another delightful story about Splat the cat that will delight young readers. From what his sister and his mother has to say to him, you get the feeling Splat has not been as good as he thinks he has. Also from the wonderful illustrations, readers know his help does not go as well as he would like.

RRP $26.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Middle School Ultimate Showdown by James Patterson and Julia Bergen

Author: Patterson, James
Bergen, Julia

Cover art by Neil Swaab & Alec Longstreth. Inside cartoons by Alec Lonstreth.
This book is part of the Middle School series and is full of all-new tales, art and activities.
Get ready for the battle of the century! It's brother versus sister, trapped in the wilderness of middle school vying for survival. Competing for first place on who has the best advice on BULLIES. Which one totally cracks the DRESS CODE? And who has all the right DANCE MOVES? Who is the cleverest Khatchadorian in town?
WINNER takes all!
Age range 9+ years
RRP: $16.99
Publisher: Randomhouse

Middle School: Dog's Best Friend by James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

It's a dog-eat-dog world, and Rafe Khatchadorian is just trying to live in it. Life in middle school is finally starting to seem bearable – until Rafe spots his grandmother standing in the free-meal line at the local soup kitchen.

To help earn some money for the family, Rafe concocts a brilliant plan – a dog-walking business that soon turns into a huge money-making neighbourhood empire. He'll even have extra cash to buy his own WormHole Deluxe Multi-Platform GameBox!

That is, until two terrible twins launch the Great Dog War by sabotaging Rafe's flyers and stealing his customers. Plus, his bratty kid sister Georgia has skipped a grade – so now she's in all of Rafe's classes. Throw a kid a bone!

Reading Age: 8 - 12 years
RRP: $18.99 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Middle School: Million-Dollar Mess Down Under by James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

Rafe Khatchadorian gets schooled in Sydney!

When Rafe becomes the unlikely benefactor of a will, it's not all good news. Sure, he gets another free trip Down Under but he also has to go to school while he's in Sydney. Blergh. And not just any school . . . St Mungo's is the snobbiest of snobby establishments and you can bet your bottom dollar that Rafe won't quite fit in.

Chaos ensues and Rafe is, once again, in the middle of a very big mess. Can he tidy this one up, or will he be sent packing with another black mark against the Khatchadorian name?

RRP $18.99
Reading Age: 8 to 12 years
Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Publisher Penguin NZ

Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Author: Mead, Richelle

The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it’s simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free.

Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she’s discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency—and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms—and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into a brewing rebellion. But the rebellion isn’t all they’re fighting…

Neither of them can ignore the attraction burning between them—an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira’s worked so hard for. With freedom finally within her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?

Young Adult
RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Mission Survival 7: Rage of the Rhino by Bear Grylls

Author: Grylls, Bear

Beck Granger heads to the Kruger National Park, South Africa, in the brand-new book in this exciting adventure series from survival specialist Bear Grylls.

Young adventurer Beck Granger is invited to South Africa by an old friend of his parents' to help out on a project to prevent rhino poaching. But when he arrives all is not as it seems, and Beck is caught up in something more dangerous than anything he's ever survived before . . .

Not only are there the poachers to contend with, but somebody seems desperate to track Beck down - whatever the cost. And then there are the hundreds of wild animals.
Age Group 13+
$16.99 RRP
Publisher: Red Fox

Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy with illustrations by Gavin Bishop

Author: Mahy, Margaret

Absentminded Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his feet. His Aunt wants him to visit her and clean her windows, but in a rush to catch the train, he forgets where he put the ticket.

The result is a very funny and entertaining search through his clothing, but where is the ticket?

One of Margaret Mahy's last books and her first picture book collaboration with Gavin Bishop, Mr Whistler has all the hallmarks of the whimsy, nonsensical and fun tales that Mahy was known for. Bishop has obviously put his heart into the artwork to create images that reflect Mahy's style and colourful characters, making this a book to be treasured. Its humorous storyline with unexpected twists ensure it will be read time and again.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson by Steve Knopper

Author: Knopper, Steve

The ultimate critical biography of the King of Pop: a panoramic, vivid, and incisive portrait of Michael Jackson that explores and celebrates his influence in music, dance, and popular culture, drawing on 400 interviews.

From the moment in 1965 when he first stepped on stage with his brothers at a local talent show in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson was destined to become the undisputed King of Pop. In a career spanning four decades, Jackson became a global icon, selling over 400 million albums, earning thirteen Grammy awards, and spinning dance moves that captivated the world. Songs like “Billie Jean” and “Black and White” altered our national discussion of race and equality, and Jackson’s signature aesthetic, from the single white glove to the moonwalk, defined a generation. Despite years of scandal and controversy, Jackson’s ultimate legacy will always be his music.

Cover: Hardback RRP: NZ$45
E-book: RRP: $NZ18.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Moa: The Life of New Zealand's Legendary Bird by Quinn Berentson

Author: Berentson, Quinn

New Zealand’s moa were perhaps the most unusual family of birds that ever lived. They were a clan of feathered monsters that evolved in isolation over millions of years. When humans finally discovered them, they were wiped out in the blink of an eye. By the time European explorers arrived in New Zealand, the Moa were already a distant memory.

When discovery and identification of Moa bones occurred in the 1840’s, it caused a worldwide sensation but nothing is ever straightforward about the moa. For 170 years the giant birds refused to be pinned down by natural historians and created controversy about every aspect of their biology. Only in the last decade have some of the answers become clear.

You might suspect that this book would just cover the facts about Moa as we know them, but in fact it is as much about human interaction with these unique birds and how the discoveries about them were made as it is about the birds themselves. It starts with the story of the Moa’s discovery by science and an unlikely series of people. Moa looks at how this extraordinary bird evolved, lived and disappeared from the earth forever. It fills a significant gap in our natural history literature. This book also shows the journey of discovery undertaken to know as much as possible about this giant bird. As you would expect with any book from Craig Potton Publishing, this book is also packed with stunning photographs and images.

RRP $49.99
Publisher: Craig Potton Publishing

Monstrosity by Janice Marriott

Author: Marriott, Janice

The world’s greatest trickster, Brewster a.k.a Monster creates havoc wherever he goes. Nothing and no-one is safe from his practical jokes. Now enough has become enough and the time has come to tame the monster and straighten him out. Are his family, school, tough love neighbour and terrifying Aunt Mildew up to the task or will he give them the slip?

Monster first appeared in 1997 and is now back to enthral a new generation with his tricks, trouble and antics.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Moon Cow by Kyle Mewburn with illustrations by Deidre Copeland

Author: Mewburn, Kyle

Milly the cow feels sorry for the moon. It must be so lonely up in the night sky with no one to talk to, so Milly decides to keep it company. She talks to the moon but how can they be friends when they are so far away?

All the other cows think that Milly is silly by talking to the moon and doing other antics for it, but will the moon ever talk back to her?

Moon Cow is quite a funny story with underlying messages about friendship, being lonely and being a good listener. The illustrations portray Milly as almost being like a moon herself and enhance the story.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Moose On The Loose by Scott Tulloch

Author: Tulloch, Scott

If you have enjoyed other Scott Tulloch books like Willy's Grandpa, you will be pleased to know that Willy is back, even if his name does not appear in the title. In this book Willy explores his choices of pets. He knows that pets can't be too big, scare the neighbours, be too small, too smelly or too extinct, but what would he choose?

A choice might be academic because Willy has pets. He has two cats with quite different personalities, but there is one pet he can't live without, Mr Moose.

As you might expect, this book is a wonderfully humorous story for young readers told with imagination and illustrated in a way that really captures the story. It is also a book that young readers will be able to relate to from thinking of ideal pets to the imaginary adventures and having the same safest place in their own houses. This is also a fun book to read aloud to a class, prompting some discussion.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins

Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

Author: Moran, Caitlin

A revolutionary collection from the award-winning columnist and bestselling author of How To Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl ‘I've lived through ten iOS upgrades on my Mac – and that's just something I use to muck about on Twitter. Surely capitalism is due an upgrade or two?'

When Caitlin Moran sat down to choose her favourite pieces for her new book she realised that they all seemed to join up. Turns out, it's the same old problems and the same old ass-hats.

Then she thought of the word ‘Moranifesto', and she knew what she had to do...

This is Caitlin's engaging and amusing rallying call for our times. Combining the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book, Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the internet is like a drunken toddler.

And whilst never afraid to address the big issues of the day – such as Benedict Cumberbatch and duffel coats – Caitlin also makes a passionate effort to understand our 21st century society and presents us with her ‘Moranifesto' for making the world a better place.

Adult – Autobiography, Arts and Adult Development.
RRP Paperback NZ$37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

More! by Peter Schossow

Author: Schossow, Peter

They say a picture tells a thousand words, and More! proves it, having only one word in the entire book, but through pictures making it easy for readers to understand.. It is the delightful, enchanting and imaginative tale of what can happen in a gale when a man tries to pick up the hat that has been blown off his head. He chases after it, when he too becomes airborne, travelling high in the sky and far away over land and sea.

Will he ever come back down to ground safely, and what would you say if you do?

More! Is a fun read for young and old. It particularly encourages children to use and develop their imagination. Most of all, this humorous little book is uplifting in more ways than one.

RRP $14.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Mortal Fire

Author: Knox, Elizabeth

Just when you think you can't be surprised any more, Mortal Fire delivers another mind-bending curveball.

Set in the fictional land of Southland, this story revolves around Canny, an exceptionally logical teenage girl, who unexpectedly stumbles upon a hidden magical valley and its inhabitants.

It's not solely a story about magic, but also about the power of friendship, woven in with a storyline that not only mesmerizes but characters that have their own agendas and secrets.

Not only does Canny find love, but she also discovers things about her own self she could scarcely believe. Kiwi author Elizabeth Knox keeps you guessing right until the last page. Recommended for readers 15+ and adults who like a great modern fantasy novel.

RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt

Author: Hunt, Rebecca

Mr Chartwell was an unmistakably large and muscular dog about six foot seven high with a tendency to walk only on his back legs. He looked like a heavier set, hideous Labrador and could even talk. He provided a link between Winston Churchill and Ester Hammerhans, a young woman living in Battersea.

Mr Chartwell is charismatic and dangerously seductive. Ester and Winston Churchill are drawn together by his dark influence. Can they withstand his strange, powerful charms and strong hold? Can they even explain to anyone who he is or why he has come to visit?

Mr Chartwell is certainly not a normal dog, he works and has clients, his job is mysterious and he has a menacing, intimidating figure that can be difficult to look beyond. Underneath, he is persuasive, intelligent and secretive. Mr Chartwell is the ‘Black Dog’ often talked about by Churchill. Mr Chartwell is the cause of Churchill’s, and many others depression.

Mr Chartwell is an intriguing, thought provoking and humorous novel, taking a phrase used to explain a psychological condition with no tangible cause and giving it a real persona and cause. If Mr Chartwell came to visit you couldn’t tell anyone about him, you would feel intimidated and depressed for good reason and for a reason you couldn’t share with anyone else. Mr Black Pat Chartwell is very good at his job.

It is a book as unusual and quirky as the title character.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Fig Tree title

Mrs. Mo's Monster by Paul Beavis

Author: Beavis, Paul

An energetic, endearing and hilarious debut picture book from an exciting new talent.

A monster with a one-track mind meets his match in an elderly lady called Mrs. Mo. With Mrs. Mo's help, the monster is surprised to discover that he can do more than he ever thought—but that’s not the only surprise Mrs. Mo has in store…

Bright, colourful illustrations
Short text, perfect to read - or shout! - aloud
Children will enjoy it so much they won't realise they're being taught good manners.

Country of origin: New Zealand
Age: 3+
Size: 36pp, 240mm x 230mm
$19.99 Paperback with flaps
$34.99 Hardback with jackets

Publisher: Gecko Press

MURDER GAMES by James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

A gripping stand-alone thriller from bestselling author James Patterson

The next hand he deals you... may be your last.

A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan. His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that links the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target.

The killer, known in the tabloids as The Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly guessing game that has the city increasingly on edge. Elizabeth Needham, the tenacious cop in charge of the case, turns to an unlikely ally – Dylan Reinhart, a brilliant professor whose book turned up in connection with the murders.

As the public frenzy over The Dealer reaches a fever pitch, Dylan and Elizabeth must connect the clues to discover what the victims have in common – before The Dealer runs through his entire deck.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

Murder House - A lightning-paced stand-alone thriller from bestselling author James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

No.7 Ocean Drive is a multimillion-dollar beachfront house in the Hamptons, but its beautiful exterior hides a horrific past. This house was the setting for a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty and rumoured to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

Detective Jenna Murphy has moved to the area to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks. But when a Hollywood power broker and his Mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, Jenna becomes involved in a case that at first seems open and shut, but reveals more secrets than she could possibly imagine.

As more bodies surface and Jenna is drawn deeper into the dark history of No. 7, she must risk her own life to expose the truth – before the Murder House claims another victim.

Adult reading in Paperback
RRP: NZ$37.00
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse NZ

Museums To Visit In New Zealand: Over 150 outstanding collections open to the public

Author: Dench, Alison

You might know of Te Papa and one or two other museums, but you will be amazed at exactly how many outstanding collections are in this country to preserve aspects off our heritage and history. There are actually over 400 museums in New Zealand and this book highlights over 150 of them including the major national institutions, local museums and quirky private collections. All of them document New Zealand’s diverse character and past.

Handily compiled by region, Museums To Visit in New Zealand is quick and easy to consult. There is an overview of each museum, with particular attention to unusual or special exhibits. Useful information includes the contact details, opening hours, admission price range, and other useful information like wheelchair access and where to park.

As well as the big city museums like Te Papa, Auckland and Canterbury, which tell remarkable tales of New Zealand history and culture while also housing some important international collections, there are many museums off the beaten track with knowledgeable, intriguing owners passionate about safeguarding the history of their subjects. Some of these museums are more like villages that transport people back in time, while others are small but filled with static displays showing different aspects of history. All are worth seeing and provide an unforgettable learning experience.

Museums To Visit in New Zealand is a must have book for any teacher planning a historical field trip. The contact details will be very useful as is the write up about the collection pointing out things not to be missed. Also helpful will be the guide’s suggestions on where to eat and on what else to see while in te area.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: New Holland

Mustang Ride by Kelly Wilson

Author: Wilson, Kelly

The adventures of the Wilson sisters in the American West.

From the author of the bestselling books For the Love of Horses and Stallion Challenges comes a brand new adventure, this time in the cowboy country of the American West

Having saved New Zealand's wild Kaimanawa horses, the Wilson sisters - Kelly, Vicki and Amanda - turn to the plight of America's wild Mustangs. Can they tame their Mustangs in time for the Extreme Mustang Makeover?

Join Kelly, Vicki and Amanda as they ride through the American wilderness on their most exciting and eventful journey yet.

Reading Age: 11 years to Adult
RRP: $45.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

My Brother's War by David Hill

Author: Hill, David

It is 1914 and the biggest war the world has known has broken out in Europe. William eagerly enlists in the army keen to fight the enemy, but his brother, Edmund is a conscientious objector and refuses to fight. While William trains to be a soldier, Edmund is arrested.

Although their journeys are very different, both end up in the bloody battlefields of France. And what they experience on the front lines will also have an impact on the beliefs that brought them there.

From the Author of See Ya Simon and Coming back, My Brother’s War is not set in the modern world and he also acknowledges the help of another person’s memoir in writing this novel, but like other David Hill novels I have read does feature New Zealand at least for some of the story. It is an interesting read about two brothers leading two very different lives. Along the way readers will also discover some of the realities of the First World War and life in New Zealand at that time.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young

Author: Young, Louisa

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You is an epic novel on the First World War, with a difference. It is as much about the women the soldiers left behind as it is about their own exploits. It is also the first book in a trilogy which explores the ways in which the events of that period affected and shaped the following generations.

The title of the book comes from a standard letter that was provided to all soldiers who were wounded and admitted to hospital, so they could inform their loved ones.

Riley Purefoy and Nadine Waveney were both only eighteen when the war broke out. They only want the chance to love and live, but the war seduces Riley and he leaves to fight for his country. Separation and the horrors of wartime prove a terrible test to their relationship and future. Peter Locke is Riley's CO and has left behind two women who love him, his wife Julia and his cousin, Rose.

While Peter and Riley are away fighting for their lives in the trenches, Nadine, Julia and Rose do what they can at home. Beautiful and innocent Julia prepares for his return home while Rose, a wartime nurse dedicates her life to helping the disfigured returning soldiers. Everyone is trying to keep hope alive in trying circumstances.

Will Nadine and Riley's love survive? Will Peter return home to Julia, and what will become of Rose, who has lost all hope of marriage, believing that all the good men are dead?

Louisa Young gives us an intriguing and memorable novel about a different side of war. She captures the tension, emotion and feelings of those concerned in a highly emotive tale that is sure to have readers waiting in anticipation for the second book.

RRP 36.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

My Dog Mouse by Eva Lindström

Author: Lindström, Eva

Friendship, humour and heartbreak in one dog walk: for anyone who knows what it is to love an old, slow dog with ears as thin as pancakes.

"Can I take Mouse for a walk?" I ask, and I'm always allowed. We set off, very slowly. Mouse walks at a snail's pace. He stops at lamp posts and fences and sniffs for a long time. Sometimes he looks up at me and then I usually say something. I maybe say "old man" in a very nice voice, not my usual one.

Age: 3+
RRP:$ 29.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

My Father’s Island – A Memoir by Adam Dudding

Author: Dudding, Adam

After the death of his brilliant, eccentric father, Adam Dudding went in search of the stories and secrets of a man who had been a loving parent and husband, but was also a tormented, controlling and at times cruel man. Robin Dudding was the greatest New Zealand literary editor of his generation – friend and mentor of many of our best-known writers. At his peak he published the country’s finest literary journal on the smell of an oily rag from a falling-down house overflowing with books, long-haired children and chickens – an island of nonconformity in the heart of 1970s Auckland suburbia. Yet when Robin’s uncompromising integrity tipped into something much more self-destructive, a dark shadow fell over his career and personal life.
In My Father’s Island, Adam Dudding writes frankly about the rise and fall of an unconventional cultural figure. But this is also a moving, funny and deeply personal story of a family, of a marriage, of feuds and secret loves – and of a son’s dawning understanding of his father.

Reading Age: Adult.
RRP: Paperback NZ$35.00
Publisher: Victoria University Press NZ

My Grandad Marches on ANZAC Day by Catriona Hoy and illustrated by Benjamin Johnson

Author: Hoy, Catriona

While this book is intended for young readers, there is a page at the start of the book that parents will have to read to them, and it explains the significance of the day, followed by the excerpt from Laurence Binyon's 'For The Fallen' that is recited everywhere on ANZAC Day.

The story itself is a simple, yet moving look at ANZAC day through the eyes and words of a little girl explaining why her Grandad marches on ANZAC Day. It explains the significance of the day in terms that young readers can understand.

It is a moving story showing the importance of sharing stories and remembering. The pictures also capture both the solemnity of ANZAC day and the entire ANZAC story with the same simplicity as the text.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz and illustrated by Eva Eriksson

Author: Lagercrantz, Rose

My Happy Life is about Dani, a girl full of optimism, even when it seems life makes it hard to be happy.

To start with, she is happy because she is going to start school, something she has been waiting to do her whole life, then things get even better when she meets Ella Frida by the swings.

Dani and Ella do everything together. They stick together through wet and dry, sun and rain, thick and thin. They are great friends, but then something happens that Dani isn't prepared for.

Ella moves away, throwing Dani's life upside down. What will she do now her best friend is not around? Will she be happy again?

My Happy Life is a short early chapter book about friendship, optimism and coping with change for those six and over. Each page has charming line drawings and the story itself is an entertaining tale of real life situations.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

My Heart is Laughing by Rose Lagercrantz illustrated by Eva Eriksson

Author: Lagercrantz, Rose

The standalone sequel to the acclaimed illustrated chapter book, My Happy Life (a New York Times Notable Children's Book).
Dani's been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But when some girls in Dani's class start being cruel to her, it starts a chain of rather unhappy events... It would all be okay if only Ella would move back.
Early chapter book with line drawings on every page. Sequel to the popular and acclaimed 'My Happy Life' but can be read on it's own.
Real-world setting and themes: school; bullying; friendship; optimism
Age 6+
Paperback RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

My Little Book of Animals by Camilla de la Bédoyère

Author: Bédoyère, Camilla de la

Where do penguins live? What do orcas eat? What do elephants use their trunks for? My Little Book of Animals answers all these questions and many more. Simple, easy-to-understand text combines with stunning photography to provide an excellent introduction to the animal kingdom.

Perfect for reluctant readers, this book will hold the interest of young children and encourage them to find out more about the word around them.

Points of interest:
The perfect introduction to the animal kingdom.
Covers a range of animakl environments, from the ocean to the Arctic.
Packed full of fascinating facts and awesome photography.
A glossary is included to explain any tricky terms.

Age range: 5+ years
RRP: $16.99
Publisher: QED Publishing distributed by New Holland

My Little Book of Life Cycles by Camilla de la Bédoyère

Author: Bédoyère, Camilla de la

How does a tadpole grow into a frog? What does a baby sea horse eat? What is a baby shark called? Discover the amazing stages of different life cycles and learn all about your favourite species in My Little Book of Life Cycles.

Simple, easy-to-understand text combines with incredible photographs in this brilliant introduction to animal life cycles. Perfect for reluctant readers, this book will hold the interest of young children and encourage them to discover all about the lives of animals, from familiar to exotic creatures.

Points of interest:
The perfect introduction to animals from birth all the way up to adult life.
Packed full of fascinating facts.
Colourful photography shows animals at every stage of life.
A glossary is included to explain any tricky terms.

Age range 5+ years
RRP: $16.99
Publisher: QED Publishing distributed by New Holland

My Magical Life by Zach King

Author: King, Zach

A debut middle-grade series from the mega-talented Zach King, full of laughs, zany action and more than a hint of magic.

Eleven-year-old Zach has magical powers, just like everyone in his family, but he's having trouble harnessing his abilities.

To help his powers manifest, and to help him appreciate his natural gifts, Zach's parents decide that he needs to be around 'real' people more. No more homeschooling - it's time for Zach to enter the scary world of secondary school.

Zach can't resist a bit of magic though, but a simple spell ends with him and his best friend stuck in a vending machine. Someone filmed it and by the next day he's gone viral on YouTube, in the process attracting the attention of Rachel, the prettiest girl at school.

With everyone wondering how Zach does his tricks, and with head mean girl Trisha plotting to bring him down, Zach's got his work cut out if he's going to survive year 7 and keep his dreams of becoming a master magician intact.

Reading Age: 8 to 12 years
RRP: Paperback NZ$18.99
Publisher: Puffin Books released in NZ by Penguin Random House New Zealand

My Pictures after the Storm by Éric Veillé

Author: Veillé, Éric

A funky little book that takes the “before” and “after” concept to unexpected places.

A gust of wind, an elephant, a dive bomb, a spell: this funky “before” and “after” book will have you chuckling! What happens to a lion after the storm? His mane is swept into a dishevelled mess. What becomes of a pear after an elephant passes by? Pear jam! A frog after a spell? A prince. And the room after a battle? A big mess!

Comical illustrations, witty wordplay, and new rhymes and jokes to find with each re-reading.
Reader Age 2-5 years
RRP: $24.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Author: Pitcher, Annabel

Jamie had a sister, until one day she was killed in a terrorist attack in London. Ten-year-old Jamie hasn't cried since it happened. He knows he should have - Jasmine cried, Mum cried, Dad still cries. Roger didn't, but then he is just a cat and didn't know Rose that well, really.

Everyone kept saying it would get better with time, but that's just one of those lies that grown-ups tell in awkward situations. Five years on, it's worse than ever: Dad drinks, Mum's gone and Jamie's left with questions that he must answer for himself. Jamie is also making a new life for himself since he moved with his Dad to the lake district. He can't remember the terrorist attack and looks to the hope of people in his life, especially his sister and Rose's twin, Jas and a new friend, Sunya, although what would his Dad say if he found out Jamie was friends with a Muslim?

This is the heart warming and moving story of one boy struggling to come to terms with a tragedy that has torn his family apart. It is hard to believe that it is Annabel Pitcher's first book. The characters and story are realistic and believable. It tackles the difficult subject of terrorism in a sensitive way. The ten year old narrator doesn't see things in black and white, so questions why others do. You might think from the title and subject matter that this book will be sad and depressing, but you would be wrong. It is actually a warm, uplifting story.

It is a very good book for high schools to study as it can facilitate dialogue on differences between cultures, the affects of terrorism, and the affects of the break-down of families. It is also about emotions that we rarely share together. It is one of those books that is hard to forget.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

My Story by Dannii Minogue

Author: Minogue, Dannii

Perhaps Dannii Minogue will always be known as Kylie’s sister, despite her being a star in her own right. Certainly having such a famous sister in the same industry didn’t make things easy for Dannii. In her autobiography she talks openly about the highs and lows not only of her career but also of her personal life, her marriage to Julian McMahon and subsequent divorce, her relationship with her sister, the trials and tribulations of being an X Factor judge and of course becoming a mother.

Readers might be surprised to find a different person in these pages to the one portrayed by the media, especially her critics. For example there is no animosity or love-the relationship between the two sisters. Some readers might also be surprised at some of the aspects of her surprisingly long and varied career in the entertainment industry.

Dannii Minogue first appeared on television when she was seven. She signed her first record deal at the age of seventeen and ever since has been wowing audiences around the world with her charm and charisma. The daughter of a dancer, Dannii found the spotlight early and discovered a passion for entertaining that has never faded.

After early soap opera appearances including Home and Away, a string of chart hits in the 1990’s including Jump To The Beat, Love and Kisses, Baby Love and This Is It launched her as an established pop singer. She then reinvented herself as one of the world’s most popular dance acts.

Most recently her role as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor has gained her a new army of fans due to her sincerity, compassion and warmth. Her recent emotional Piers Morgan interview was watched by a record breaking six million viewers. The same warmth and sincerity comes through in this autobiography. It is an honest, moving and very personal story about a girl from Melbourne who has become famous around the world.

RRP $42.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon

Author: Fallon, Jane

A witty and sharp new novel from bestselling author Jane Fallon.

I want to make my husband fall back in love with me.

Let me explain. This isn't an exercise in 1950s wifeydom. I haven't been reading articles in old women's magazines. 'Twenty ways to keep your man'. That couldn't be further from the truth.

I want him to fall back in love with me so that when I tell him to get the hell out of my life he'll care. He won't just think, 'Oh good'.

I want it to hurt.

Paula has had Robert's back since they got together as drama students.
She gave up her dreams so he could make it.
Now he's one of the nation's most popular actors.
And Paula's just discovered he's having an affair.

She's going to remind Robert just what he's sacrificing.
And then she's going to break his heart like he broke hers.
It will be her greatest acting role ever.

Revenge is sweet.
Isn't it?

So now Paula's going to show him exactly what he's soon to be missing...

Jane is the queen of woman’s fiction with bite and this is no exception. It includes more hilarious, double- crossing with flawed characters you can't help but root for.

Adult Fiction
RRP: $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Nadia Lim's Fresh Start Cookbook

Author: Lim, Nadia

The perfect Christmas Gift & a must for the Food Tech Library

New Zealand’s beloved good food cook Nadia Lim has done it again with this exciting new cookbook with over 100 delicious everyday recipes for lasting good health and weight loss.

Since her win on MasterChef Nadia Lim has inspired a whole generation of cooks into the kitchen introducing them to good healthy, tasty food.

In this book Nadia looks beyond food and shares a plan for a complete healthy lifestyle, including tips for dealing with stress, plans for exercising and of course eating well. Nadia has put together this inspiring book to help you live your best.

Nadia says, “This is not a diet book. Although I am a qualified dietician, I don’t believe in diets. What I do believe in, is eating real food that nourishes you and in keeping active in a way that is easy and enjoyable so that it becomes a long-lasting sustainable practice.

I felt compelled to write this book because it’s clear that there is still a lot of confusion around what it means to be healthy and how to lose weight.”

Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook shows you that if you eat well and exercise regularly there are all sorts of benefits, such as losing weight, getting fitter, sleeping better and feeling healthier.

You don’t have to follow the meal and exercise plans within the book to appreciate the deliciously healthy and simple dishes you can prepare in minutes from basic ingredients most of you will already have in the pantry, fridge and freezer.

Fitness expert Michael Mc Cormack has put together a 12 week exercise plan and has helped Nadia put together her meal plans so you can go all the way and look great for the New Year festivities or simply dip in and out this book for great recipes and health tips to help you live a better life.

Adult & Young Adult
RRP: $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Napoleon And The Chicken Farmer by Lloyd Jones with illustrations by Graeme Gash

Author: Jones, Lloyd

Manoli is a simple chicken farmer with visions of grandeur. When Napoleon Bonaparte visits the island of Corsica to judge a Napoleon look-alike contest, Manoli sees his chance, especially when the prize is to be Napoleon for the day.

Manoli wins the competition, and likes the role so much he refuses to go back to farming chickens. While he is revelling in his new found power, his chickens have grown lazy, drunk and are refusing to lay eggs. With no eggs, the town is in crisis, can anyone persuade Manoli to go back to his chickens.

This amusing tale about knowing what you are best at and about being yourself is told with good imagery and through the aid of the quirky illustrations of Graeme Gash. It is an entertaining story with a moral, that children will enjoy.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Malinson Rendel title

Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts

Author: Roberts, Andrew

2015 is the big Napoleon anniversary year – 200 years since Waterloo.
It has become all too common for Napoleon Bonaparte's biographers to approach him as a figure to be reviled, a man bent on world domination, practically a proto-Hitler. Here, after years of study extending even to visits to St Helena and 53 of Napoleon's 56 battlefields, Andrew Roberts has created a true portrait of the mind, the life and the political genius of a fundamentally constructive ruler. This is the Napoleon, Roberts reminds us, whose peacetime activity produced countless indispensable civic innovations - and whose Napoleonic Code provided the blueprint for civil law systems still in use around the world today.

His was one of the greatest lives in world history, which here has found its ideal biographer. The sheer enjoyment which this book will give anyone who loves history is enormous.
RRP: $70.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

National Parks of New Zealand photography by Rob Suisted

Author: Suisted, Rob

New Zealand has some unique fauna, and with a country with such splendour, it is no wonder that some areas of natural beauty are protected in the same natural parks that protect our unique native fauna. Photographer and conservationist, Rob Suisted captures the splendour of New Zealand's fourteen national parks through the lens.

He captures the diverse wildlife and all kinds of unique scenery in amazing photographs that will have readers in awe of the wonders of godzone country. It is a book that many can appreciate for the time that must have been taken to get the light and photograph just right to capture the subject at its best whether it is a snowy peak turned pink by the setting winter sun or a beautiful vista mirrored in a still lake.

Rob Suisted has not confined the pictures in this book to wonderful landscapes but also shows people interacting with the national parks, whether kayaking, mountain climbing or traversing it in a coal train.

This book is a wonderful gift for anyone overseas who doesn't know how beautiful this country is or for any New Zealander who has forgotten what this country has to offer.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: New Holland

Nearly Departed by Rook Hastings

Author: Hastings, Rook

Woodsville is unlike other towns. Night falls a little earlier there and seems to belong there. The shadows are darker and denser than anywhere else and everyone knows it is a place where strange things happen, even if they won’t admit it.

Bethan would prefer to be anywhere but the town, Jay has some theories on what is going on but won’t share them, Hashin sees things that he wont talk about and Kelly’s demons are all a bit too real. When something causes Emily to freak-out though, they all are forced to come out of denial and face the supernatural world in which Woodsville is immersed.

In a way the book seems to me to be an amalgam of the Blair Witch Project, Most Haunted and certain episodes of Dr Who. It is also interesting that the author decided to let readers know in the first chapter that one of the main characters would die, like a 1970’s health and safety video. From the descriptions of Woodsville and some of the occurrences there, the town could be better renamed as ‘Weirdsville’ too.

The author constructs a dark world and touches on different theories of what ghosts are. Rook Hastings also in the concluding chapter will have readers thinking of what damage we are doing to the environment that we may not realise or know about. It is a captivating thriller that will have readers looking deeper into the shadows

RRP $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Nelson Mandela by Himself

Author: Mandela, Nelson

Nelson Mandela is the definitive book of quotations by one of the world's great leaders of the modern age. It features more than 2,000 quotations spanning over sixty years. These quotations have been gained through privileged authorised access to Mandela's personal archive and many are previously unpublished.

Mandela's inspirational quotes are arranged into over 300 categories for easy reference. In these categories, the quotes are arranged in chronological order from earliest to latest to demonstrate any change in position, although in most cases his position doesn't change. Not only does he provide quotes on democracy, history, racism, reconciliation and unity but also on less expected subjects like gardening, eyesight, Hollywood, love and sports. In short there is something for everyone.

Readers will note that Mandela often highlights the importance of characteristics such as taking criticism and listening. Characteristics we can all aspire to be good at. These quotes also show his ability to make each individual feel valued.

This book will reaffirm to readers how deep Mandela's principals run. It also shows the simple way he communicated complex ideas. This small book is filled with inspiration and insight into one of the great leaders.

RRP $35.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Nelson Mandela Words and Paintings by Kadir Nelson

Author: Nelson, Kadir

Two things strike you immediately about this book. First is the striking image of Nelson Mandela on the front, and the second is that the title of the book (and the author's name) actually appears on the back cover rather than the front.

Through large, detailed, rich and realistic double spread pictures and simple meaningful text, this book tells Nelson Mandela's story and the story of the ending of Apartheid in South Africa.

This picture book is a fantastic way of telling young readers about the history of one of the most controversial government policies in Africa, and of one of the world's most influential people.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan – Now a major motion picture!

Author: Ryan, Jeanne

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. It tempts her with amazing prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and teams her up with her perfect boy: sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating - Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?
Reading Age: 12 Years upwards
RRP: $22.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Austrelia

Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard by Peta Mathias

Author: Mathias, Peta

Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard is Peta's hilarious, candid, bitter/sweet 'memoir of sorts'; an ode to cuisine, travel, adventure, As Peta puts it, "This book is my attempt to explore these interwoven elements that, like a refrain in a song, have recurred throughout my life: food, travel and love. It's not an Eat Pray Love thing - it's more a pay-the-rent thing and have-adventures-while-you're-doing-it thing."

A natural-born risk taker, fiercely independent and shot through with wonderlust, Peta dreamed of a life less ordinary. Not for her, domestic bliss and the burden of a husband. With the world as her stage, Peta embraced new experiences, finding homes in Canada, London, France. She opened a restaurant in Paris and became fluent in French. She even got married. Once.

Returning to New Zealand, Peta started writing about her culinary adventures. She looked settled at last, buying a heritage home in Grey Lynn and beginning yet another career, this time in television, fronting Taste New Zealand. Not one to be tied down, though, Peta started leading gastronomic tours in Vietnam, the South of France, Morocco, Spain and India.

In her latest book, Peta recounts her most recent uprooting: selling her beloved cottage in Auckland so she can transform a dilapidated hovel into a stylish new abode and cooking school in Uz(e)s, in the South of France. As she battles French bureaucracy and countless delays, Peta reflects on the patterns of her life, promises to grow old disgracefully and explains why you should never put all your eggs in one basket.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $40.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

New Zealand Hall of Fame 50 Remarkable Kiwis by Maria Gill with illustrations by Bruce Potter

Author: Gill, Maria

With choosing only 50 great kiwis from all the great pioneers, adventurers, scientists, inventors, sportspeople and artists this country has produced, the question facing author Maria Gill was not to put in but who to leave out. She finally made her decisions by thinking about who today's children would like to read about, which is why some of us of older generations might wonder why some who we would class as more famous New Zealanders have been left out.

There is no doubt though that the 50 people chosen for this book are all remarkable New Zealanders that have left their mark in their respective fields. Maria has chosen New Zealanders who the categories of adventurers, artists, inventors, leaders, pioneers, scientists and sportspeople. Those who were recognised as an expert in their particular field and who were deemed to have made a significant contribution to New Zealand and the world were chosen.

Each double page spread shows what each person was like as a child, with photographs of their childhood, true stories and direct quotes. By speaking to each person or their close family, Maria was able to get a firsthand insight into each person's journey, which she conveys well in the book and which will inspire young New Zealanders.

As well as photographs, each story is wonderfully illustrated by the very accurate caricatures by Bruce Potter. They help to capture the essence of each person, perhaps in a way that the photographs don't do justice to.

New Zealand Hall of Fame 50 Remarkable Kiwis not only informs children about talented kiwis in many fields but shows them that they became famous not by accident but by hard work and perseverance. All the people in this book have gotten to where they are through determination and hard graft. It is an inspiring book, and tells children that if they want to be famous, they have to work hard, keep their eyes on their goal and be determined to succeed.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: New Holland

New Zealand Household Budget Kit: 7 easy steps to take control of your finances by Sylvia Bowden

Author: Bowden, Sylvia

The New Zealand household Budget Kit by Sylvia Bowden is an easy to use tool for anyone wanting to take control of their finances. It is designed to take the headache out of budgeting for families, couples and flatmates. This book can help the reader save for future goals, establish financial security and put debt elimination strategies in place.

This kit is more than just a book. It contains tear out fact-finding forms the results of which can be added to the master household budget at the back of the book. This sheet contains the running costs of the household and provides a clear picture of any shortfall in funds and of excess spending that needs to be addressed.

Sylvia Bowden, author of New Zealand Household budget Kit has experience as a councillor, budget advisor and life coach. She also practices what she preaches and has implemented her strategies in her own life, to great success. Her methods have been proven to show that it is possible to cut back on expenses and find room for charitable giving.

New Zealand Household Budget Kit is a welcome resource for those struggling with their finances. It makes preparing a budget easy and straightforward, even for those with little knowledge of accounting.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: New Holland

New Zealand Interior Style words by Lee Ann Yare
Photography by: Larnie Nicolson

Author: Yare, Lee Ann

If gorgeous fabrics, ingenious and well-designed placement of colours, distinctive furniture and art are your thing, you'll love this book.

Zany, minimalist, these are just a couple of descriptions when it comes to the inimitable and unique sense of style but also when it comes to home décor of some of these showcased Kiwi homes.

A fine example of this unique home décor is Fred and Myrtle's paua shell lounge, however this book showcases 24 of the brightest and boldest design statements created by the eclectic and creative owners.

From urban pads, to the stereotypical Kiwi bach, any person with a sense for the aesthetically pleasing, or avant-garde, will enjoy trying to emulate these quirky and sometimes classic design ideals.

RRP: $65.00
Publisher: Penguin Books

New Zealand Kiwiana: by Dave Gunson

Author: Gunson, Dave

An educational colouring book on the social history of NZ.
The seventh title in the excellent colouring book series, this book about Kiwiana will appeal particularly to young children who will enjoy using bright colours to decorate the appealing illustrations. It features 30 simple black and white drawings of kiwiana, from buzzy-bee to gumboot, the corner dairy to the haka, ready to be coloured in. A sentence or two of interesting information and facts accompanies each drawing.
A double-page colour insert shows colours and markings of the Kiwiana featured in All About New Zealand Kiwiana. Aspiring young artists will have fun choosing new colour schemes for the Kiwiana and their creations can be easily removed from the book using the perforated pages.

Reading Age: 6 - 10 Years
RRP: $9.99
Publisher: New Holland Publishers

New Zealand Machines to read, colour & keep

Author: Gunson, Dave

The sixth title in the excellent colouring book series, this book about machines will appeal particularly to children with a mechanical bent, those who want to understand how things work. It features 30 simple black and white illustrations of machines, ready to be coloured in. A sentence or two of interesting information and facts accompanies each drawing.

A double-page colour insert shows colours and markings of the machines featured in All About New Zealand Machines and inventions. Aspiring young artists will have fun choosing new colour schemes for the machines and their creations can be easily removed from the book using the perforated pages.

Children’s Activity Books
RRP $9.99
By Dave Gunson
Publisher: New Holland Publishers NZ

New Zealand Shore and Sea Life by Dave Gunson

Author: Gunson, Dave

Shore and Sea Life is a colouring book that features more than 30 simple black and white illustrations of seals, whales, sea birds, fish and seashore life ready to be coloured in.

This is more than just a picture book though; it offers children the chance to colour in pictures of the creatures that lie in the sea and around our coastlines while learning about them. Large print and simple sentences make it an ideal book for those aged between four and seven to learn more about shore and sea life, while four pages in the middle of the book feature colour illustrations of the same thirty subjects, helping children to be more accurate with their colouring.

The book's simple sentences will help children with their reading comprehension while also sparking an interest in science. The pages are also perforated so proud parents can take their children's artwork and put it somewhere for all to see.

RRP $9.99
Publisher: New Holland

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions

Author: Gill, Maria

Meet 25 of New Zealand's finest sportspeople across the range of sporting disciplines, the old and great alongside the young bucks - the rising stars. All of these sportspeople have succeeded on the world stage and many began their careers at a very young age.
Discover how they achieved their success and what it was that made them set their sights on the ultimate goal of 'best in the world'. With individual timelines, trophy boards, and personal stories for each athlete, Maria Gill provides a description of each sport and outlines personal training programmes for each athlete.

Children can set goals and create their own sport plan, and essential resources identify New Zealand sports organisations, museums and sporting competitions. Marco Ivancic's stunning illustrations capture each sportsperson in action, inspiring young New Zealanders to match their achievements.

Format: 280 x 215 mmmm
Extent: 64 pages
Illustrations: 25 photos + full colour illustrations
Age range: 7-14 years
RRP: $24.99
Publisher: New Holland

Nga Atua - Maori Gods by Robyn Kahukiwa

Author: Kahukiwa, Robyn

A book to treasure for young and old, Robyn Kahukiwa’s Nga Atua: Maori Gods takes the reader on a visual journey while imparting simple and effective explanations of the major Maori gods. Robyn introduces the pantheon of Maori gods, and explains the arena of life for which each deity is responsible. For example: Tumatauenga is the greatest warrior atua. His powers are extreme strength and courage. He fights for truth and justice. This striking hardback is a beautiful introduction to some of the unique deities that are part of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s cultural story, and affirms their continued relevance today.

Reading Age: All ages
RRP: $24.99
Category: Maori Culture & Language
Publisher: Oratia Media Ltd

Nga Wira o Te Pahi - The Wheels on the Bus by Donovan Bixley

Author: Bixley, Donovan

"Ko nga wira o te pahi ka taka-huri-huri ..." E mohio whanuitia ana tenei waiata. Engari, inaianei kei te haere te pahi huri noa i to tatou whenua ataahua o Aotearoa nei, a, ka mohio pea koe ki etahi o nga kaieke: a Kiwi, a Hoiho, a Tuatara, a Piwakawaka, a wai atu, a wai atu. Ekea te pahi, waiatatia mai! He parekareka tenei pukapuka pikitia ma te kohungahunga na Donovan Bixley, koia nei tetahi o nga kaita pikitia e tino kaingakautia ana ki Aotearoa nei, ko etahi o ana pukapuka atu, ko TE PAMU O KORO MEKETANARA [OLD MACDONALD'S FARM] me te LOOKY BOOK, he mea tino hokohoko atu i Aotearoa nei. With the same gorgeous illustrations as the original book, the te reo Maori translation retains the humour and vibrancy of the classic English-language edition. Translated by Ross Calman.

Age Range: 5-9 years
Children's Fiction
Publisher: Publisher: Hodder Moa

Nice Day For A War; adventures of a kiwi soldier in World War 1 by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott

Author: Slane, Chris
Elliott, Matt

For the first time ever, the graphic history of New Zealanders on the Western Front is told in a graphic novel. It explains the things that many of today's generation have trouble grasping, like why New Zealand defended England and why so many were willing to give their life in a foreign land for a foreign country.

Author Matt Elliott tells the story hat his grandfather shared with many other New Zealand soldiers, giving a good account of what the soldiers felt and what life was like for them. His primary source for information has been his grandfather's own war diaries, but has been added to with research from various sources so it no longer tells one man's own story but that of all who took part. Gaps in the diaries have also been filled by this research, making the book a gripping read.

Chris also carried out extensive research for his\ illustrations, looking at public and private collections of photographs and artwork from that period. His drawings are designed to reflect the typical experiences of soldiers as well as events not usually recorded visually. Colour drawings also add another dimension to images we are more used to seeing in black and white.

I particularly like the way the book has illustrated sections of letters home, news reports and soldiers instructions showing the incongruity of the image given to the NZ public and the reality of the war. The illustrations also make it interesting for those who don't enjoy reading or who might find the subject matter otherwise boring.

The book is not all grim though, as the author and illustrator find the same release as the soldiers themselves used, that of the medium of humour. This makes it a very readable and enjoyable history lesson for the intended audience of intermediate and high school students. With this readership in mind, Matt has also avoided the simplistic portrayal of heroism, conflict and national stereotypes that often are shown to students in books on war. It brings World War 1 to life for students and is a great basis for study on this conflict.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Night Of Thunder by Stephen Hunter

Author: Hunter, Stephen

It is not a good idea to cross Bob Lee Swagger and especially to put his daughter’s life at stake. Journalist Nikki Swagger had been investigating reports of a crystal meth superlab in Tennessee and the southern conspiracy that surrounds it when she was forced off the road and into a collision that leaves her in a coma.

Bob Lee Swagger is worried. As a former Marine Corps sniper, he has picked up more than his fair share of enemies and can sense that something isn’t right with the official explanation given by police that Nikki’s accident was caused by a local kid high on meth. He picks up the investigation where his daughter has left off and he uncovers a conspiracy bubbling with all the angst, resentment and dysfunction that Dixie gangsters can muster.

He uncovers an ancient, violent crime clan, possibly corrupt law enforcement structure, deranged evangelicals and gunmen of all stripes and shapes as he tries to find an answer to his daughter’s accident and let his own swift sword of justice strike down those responsible. They will rue the day they crossed the wrong man’s daughter in a very bad career move. All this is set against the insanity and excitement of a weeklong NASCAR event which has woken the sleepy town of Bristol temporarily out of its slumber.

Swagger is a true American hero, gritty and not afraid to take action in the name of justice. In this novel, he comes up against plenty of action and a diabolical and engaging villain, Brother Richard, the self decreed ‘Sinnerman’ out of the old fire-and-brimstone tradition and certainly not your ordinary assassin. Night of Thunder draws readers into a fast paced, high octane thriller from the very first page.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Night School the new Jack Reacher thriller by Lee Child

Author: Child, Lee

In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal, And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. It's just a voice plucked from the air: 'The American wants a hundred million dollars'. For what? Who from? It's 1996, and the Soviets are long gone. But now there's a new enemy. In an apartment in Hamburg, a group of smartly-dressed young Saudis are planning something big.

Jack Reacher is fresh off a secret mission and a big win. The Army pats him on the back and gives him a medal. And then send him back to school. It's a school with only three students: Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst. Their Assignment? To find that American. And what he's selling. And to whom. There is serious shit going on, signs of a world gone mad.

Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a weird, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.

Reading Age: Young Adult to Adult
RRP: $38.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Night Visions: Reflections for the Moonlight Hours by Barney Brewster

Author: Brewster, Barney

A fresh and original publication

Opening with a quote from Virgil on the love of one's country, Barney Brewster illustrates the sentiment with an affectionate but uncommon collection of night landscapes from around the country. Each image is nicely accompanied by a pithy quotation. Nothing like it has appeared in print before.

Barney is the author of two previous non-fiction titles but this is his first photography book. Well traveled from his day job as a dealer in rare books, his long exposures show urban and rural scenes from both islands. Taken by a variety of night-lights but making good use of moonlight, the images are fresh and original - and surprisingly colourful.

Night photography of New Zealand scenes and landscapes, combined with pithy proverbs and quotes. Featuring rural and suburban settings from around the country, this is the first book of night photos to be published in NZ. As well as full colour moonlight, strong use is made of street lighting, car lights, torchlight and flash. The long exposures involved add some striking effects, especially where movement is concerned. Each image is captioned with an appropriate quote (some from NZ authors), the match being intended to amplify the impact.

Night photography is becoming a popular pastime, currently claiming 3.6 million Google pages, but there is very little print worldwide for the subject. As his own publisher, Barney Brewster finds that his first book of night photos is also the first to appear in NZ - or even Australasia.

As a novel and imaginative interpretation of little-seen aspects of New Zealand the book will be a welcome addition to the gift market. It is bound to be a stimulating read for anyone open to discovery and inspiration

You can purchase post-free direct from the publisher

Publisher: Barney Brewster

NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman

Author: Hoffman, Alice

The story begins in Sidwell Massachusetts where Twig lives with her mother who is famous for her beauty, pink apple pies, lavender honey butter and a mysterious past which causes them to hide-away in their farmhouse on the Old Mountain Road outside town.

Then the lonely Twig meets Julia and Agate who are new to town, it is love at first sight and they instantly become Twig’s first true friends but is there something more binding them together as secrets from the past bubble up to the surface?

If you like magic and intrigue woven together then this gorgeously bewitching tale of love and friendship and even more magic will hold you spellbound and you won’t want to put this book down.

RRP: $18.99 NZ
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

NIGHTHAWK by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

Author: Cussler, Clive
Brown, Graham

The latest Kurt Austin action-packed NUMA Files adventure novel from the UK No. 1 bestseller Clive Cussler.

When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific, NUMA operatives Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. They know what others don't-that the X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, a payload of exotic matter, extracted from the upper reaches of the atmosphere and stored at a temperature near absolute zero. As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions.

From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of South America to an icy mountain lake many believe to be the birthplace of the Inca, the entire NUMA team will risk everything in an effort to avert disaster . . . but they may be caught in a race that no one can win.

Reading age: 17 years to adult.
RRP: RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

Nightlight A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon

Author: Harvard Lampoon

ightlight is a spoof of the popular Twilight. Nightlight is written by Harvard University’s humour and satire magazine, which has been around for almost 300 years and is based on the British humour magazine Punch.

Nightlight’s Heroine is ‘pale and klutzy’ Belle Goose. When she moves to Switchblade, Oregon she meets super-hot computer nerd Edwart Mullen who she suspects is a vampire when he doesn’t eat his baked potatoes at lunch. When he then saves her from a flying snowball, Belle is also sure he is her soul mate. The only problem is that Edwart doesn’t appear to be interested in girls so how can she convince him to bite her so she can become his eternal bride?

Nightlight has romance, danger, creepy behaviour, insufficient parental supervision and even a vampire ball. It is about a girl obsessed with vampires (not surprisingly with all the books and movies on that subject at the moment) and looking for love in all the wrong places.

In case you have not read Twilight or cannot see the pattern so far, in Twilight, a misfit girl moves to a new town to be with her dad and attracts the attention of a loner boy who turns out to be a vampire. The Harvard version sticks to the plot of Twilight but adds some twists of its own making it a very funny read. It is also rather inventive in the way it pokes fun at its subject matter. It expands quirks in Meyer’s characters to the point where they become problematic like Belle Swan’s lack of co-ordination becomes death defying clumsiness at the hands of Nightlight’s writers.

For someone who had problems with the plot and characters of Twilight, it is good to see that others thought the same and decided to make fun of the book’s shortcomings. The main character in Twilight could easily be seen as too perfect, so Belle in Nightlight is obnoxious, believing that she is far better than anyone else for example. The book also points fun at the bizarre twists and clichéd writing while mimicking Twilight’s style perfectly. The funniest thing for me about this book though is the way it blatantly tackles the themes of obsession, manipulation and stalking that are all in the original series.

The book shows readers that relationships take work and communication. It also shows that you shouldn’t prejudge people and then make assumptions and then twist facts to suit the assumptions because you can then be completely wrong about people. It is intelligent satire for fans of Twilight with a sense of humour, detractors of twilight and those who have a basic knowledge of the original and enjoy a good laugh.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


Author: Child, Lee

The complete Jack Reacher short stories, published together for the first time, from the number one bestseller Lee Child.

Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. Read together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher’s past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.

The twelve stories include a brand new novella, Too Much Time.

The other stories in the collection are:

Second Son
James Penney's New Identity
Guy Walks Into a Bar
Deep Down, High Heat
Not a Drill
Small Wars

All of which have previously been published as ebook shorts.

Added to these is every other Reacher short story that Child has written:

Everyone Talks
Maybe They Have a Tradition
No Room at the Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Reading Age: Adult
RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

No Punches Pulled By Bob Jones

Author: Jones, Bob

The best of Bob Jones' New Zealand Herald columns. Every week Bob Jones delivers an upper cut to the foibles, foolishness and outright fatuousness of contemporary life.
In this collection of the best of his columns from the NZ Herald, he lines up the pious, the pitiful and the politically correct - and never pulls his punches.
Uncompromising and unexpurgated, this is Sir Bob at his most honest and hilarious.

Publisher: Harper Collins NZ

No Return: Captain Scott's Race To The Pole by Peter Gouldthorpe

Author: Gouldthorpe, Peter

This picture book for children over eight provides a stunning retelling of Captain Scott's fateful quest to be the first man to reach the South Pole.

In the age of discovery, Antarctica remained an unknown quantity amongst the world's scientists and explorers. Robert Falcon Scott was amongst the pioneers who penetrated the ice and cruel weather. No Return is the story of his journey from England, the year long preparations and the journey to the pole in harsh conditions only to find he had been beaten by a Norwegian a month earlier, then his tragic attempt to return home.

This book is a celebration of a continent, exploration, determination and ambition. The illustrations illustrate perfectly the beauty encountered and hardships endured, while the text explains the difficulties and problems Scott faced while trying to be the first man to reach the south pole only to find someone else had already been and gone a month earlier. It is a book that will long be remembered in readers' minds.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Lothian title

No.8 Re-charged - 202 World-changing Innovations from New Zealand by David Downs & Michelle Dickinson

Author: Downs, David
Dickinson, Michelle

A follow-up title to the hugely successful No. 8 Re-wired.

Take notice, world, New Zealand is undergoing a re-charge.
The 'No. 8 wire' thinking we have been so proud of is being expanded and improved.
No. 8 Re-charged tells a compelling and accessible story of modern New Zealand and its world-beating products and ideas. From drone technology to electric farm bikes and computer graphics, from space-age umbrellas to fitness trackers and the world’s leading DJ software — New Zealand developers, entrepreneurs and companies are winning in areas where no one thought we could even compete.

1. Up in the Air - Planes, Drones and Rockets
2. The Human Body - From Hospital Beds to Cancer Breakthroughs
3. Social Innovation - Change, for Good
4. It’s all Fun and Games - It's about Serious Fun
5. Of Water and the Sea - Boats, Anchors and Surfboards
6. Machines, Large and Small - Large, loud and Globally Successful
7. Film and Pictures - Screen Stars, Large and Small
8. The Land of the Clouds - Aoraki and Aotearoa
9. Down on the Farm - Robots, Designer Cows and Turtle Tracking
10. Global Fingerprints - From New Zealand to the World

Reading age: 14 years to adult.
RRP: NZ$45.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Nonstop Nonsense

Author: Mahy, Margaret

Readers meet the man from Fandango who pays a visit once every five hundred years, the word-wizard who casts her spell over the Delmonico family, and many other unforgettable characters in this veritable carnival of stories and poems.

Type: Ages 5 to 8
Author: Margaret Mahy
RRP: $14.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Noonie's Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback with illustrations by Sarajo Frieden

Author: Railsback, Lisa

Noonie Norton is an undiscovered artist, ho just happens to be ten years old, living with an aunt, uncle and cousin She has decided to write about herself and her art as most artists are only discovered when they are dead and she thinks she needs to explain the interpretations of her art while she is alive. She also feels that people will want to know about her when she is dead and famous so she should write about her life now at age ten.

Noonie has lost her mother, she died when Noonie was in kindergarten, and she misses her Dad terribly but because of his job, he can’t always be there with her. Noonie’s mother was an artist before she died, which is why Noonie wants to be an artist too.

It is a humorous and heartfelt story of a young girl expressing her feelings in art and shows readers that sometimes the greatest masterpieces are not on canvas but in the bonds we create with those around us. Also despite the sadness in her life, part of her is always positive and believes in her own talent.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Chronicle books and distributed by Southern Publishers Group

NOPI: The Cookbook

Author: Ottolenghi, Yotam
Scully, Ramae

Over 120 brand-new recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi's acclaimed restaurant. Yotam is a famous U.K. TV/ Celebrity Chef.

NOPI: THE COOKBOOK includes over 120 of the most popular dishes from Yotam's innovative Soho-based restaurant NOPI. It's written with long-time collaborator and NOPI head chef Ramael Scully, who brings his distinctive Asian twist to the Ottolenghi kitchen. Whether you're a regular at the NOPI restaurant and want to know the secret to your favourite dish or are an Ottolenghi fan who wants to try out restaurant-style cooking, this is a collection of recipes which will inspire, challenge and delight.

All recipes have been adapted and made possible for the home cook to recreate at home. They range in their degree of complexity so there is something for all cooks. There are dishes that long-time Ottolenghi fans will be familiar with – a starter of aubergine with black garlic, for example, or the roasted squash with sweet tomatoes – as well as many dishes which will stretch the home cook as they produce some of the restaurant's signature dishes at home, such as Beef brisket croquettes or Persian love rice. With chapters for starters & sides, fish, meat & vegetable mains, puddings, brunch, condiments and cocktails, a menu can easily be devised for any occasion and purpose.

Hardback / Cookbook
$70.00 RRP
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

NZ Detectives: True stories from the New Zealand Police Criminal Investigation Branch by John Lockyer

Author: Lockyer, John

The detectives of the CIB are intensively trained police officers tasked to investigate serious crimes such as homicides, aggregated violent offending, drug offences and fraud. Today they can call on various organisations like Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and Electronic Crime Laboratories (ESL) to help them with a case, but back in the 1960s where some of the stories in the book begin, both crime and the methods used were simpler. Detectives relied on good memories, intuition and outstanding personal skills to solve cases. Over time things have changed but the work ethic of the detective and some of the core skills required have not.

Their targets are often hardened, recidivist organised criminals. Outsmarting them means employing a sophisticated suite of techniques but above all it demands an unflinching commitment to each case. Without the relentless tenacity and gut instinct of the detectives, many serious offences would go cold and unanswered for decades.

The CIB has been part of the NZ Police right from the beginning in 1886. Because crime is constantly evolving, the CIB has an intelligence-driven approach which dismantles crimes. When a murder is discovered, a GBH reported or an armed-robbery called in, it is the men and women of the CIB who work to solve the crime. They are tasked with the sometimes seemingly impossible task of soliciting the truth.

Many consider this to be the intellectual pinnacle of policing. It is intensely rewarding, but also frustrating. For many it is the reason why they joined the police.

The CIB have ready access to firearms, most carry their own, and though they operate in squads depending on where the specific crimes fall, the work often demands that they covertly work in pairs. Three detectives have been killed on the job since 1963 and many have suffered injuries they consider to be part of the job.

This book puts you as close as possible to the action in investigating a variety of cases. It is a collection of candid and frank true stories from our own detectives. They are hard-hitting accounts that uncover almost every conceivable human folly and depravity. The stories reveal the frustration, anticipation, horror, disbelief, sadness, humour, relief an pleasure felt by the officers on the cases and give an insight into the difficult tasks these men and women have like no other book can. It shows the endless attention to detail that every investigation demands and the obstacles faced as they search for the truth.

This is the inside story of the men and women whose grit and determination has cracked some of this country’s biggest cases. The stories retold in this book are the next best thing to being part of the investigations.

RRP $42.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

NZSAS: The first fifty years by Ron Crosby

Author: Crosby, Ron

Before the world had heard of Willie Apiata, VC, it would be doubtful if such a book would have been published. While those in the know would tell you that the NZSAS was the best in the world, the truth was that very few outside the regiment knew much about it, and the Government worked very hard to keep it that way. Since Apiata's biography 'The Reluctant Hero' though there has been increased interest in learning more about the NZSAS and the previously unsung work they have done to keep this country and democracy safe.

From the very first engagements in the jungles of Malaya in 1956, through the Vietnam War to the modern conflicts in East Timor and Afghanistan, this book traces the history and development of 1 NZSAS Group. Illustrated with maps and never before seen photographs, it provides a chance for people to learn more and develop a better understanding of this group of soldiers.

This book is written with unprecedented openness, which helps to promote confidence and understanding of the NZSAS. It reveals not only a highly professional outfit but also one that deserves praise and accolades. It is a rare and fascinating look into the clandestine world of the New Zealand Army's elite unit, the NZSAS.

RRP $45.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Odessa Sea by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Author: Cussler, Dirk
Cussler, Clive

A desperate attempt in 1917 to preserve the wealth and power of the Romanov Empire. A Cold War bomber lost with a deadly cargo. Mysterious deaths on the Black Sea linked to modern-day smugglers of nuclear materials.

At the center of it all is Dirk Pitt and his team from NUMA. As the danger escalates, there's only one man who can avert catastrophe. From London to Washington, from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, the action never stops, as Pitt races to prevent the next global war.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $37.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French

Author: French, Dawn

Who is in Coma Suite Number Five? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife?

Actually, the patient is all of these. Silvia Shute has always done exactly what she wants, until now, when her life suddenly stops.

Her past holds a dark and terrible secret and now as she lies unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are about to unlock it, and uncover the secret of her broken life. Like it or not, she has to listen to comments of love, the babblings, the boring stories and the shear insane.

Each chapter starts with a visitor's name, and while it is entirely told in the third person, each chapter conveys the visitor's story and an aspect of Silvia's life. Through these visits we are slowly drawn into the life of a very complex woman. As you might also expect from British comedienne, Dawn French, the book is entertaining, humorous and reflects an intriguing character.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Old Bucky and Me: Dispatches from the Christchurch Earthquake by Jane Bowron

Author: Bowron, Jane

Jane Bowron is a freelance journalist based in Christchurch. She had been living there for three years when, on February 22nd, the city was struck by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, just five months after a 7.1 earthquake rocked the city. The first quake was further away, with less damage and no fatalities, but this time it was a real horror story, striking in the middle of the day, collapsing buildings, crushing vehicles, starting fires, causing landslides and causing swiftly rising liquefaction.

As the historic city lay in ruins, Jane managed to find a phone, get through to her newspaper and deliver a moving human account of the scene around her. This however wasn't an event that was gone in a day, and for the next three months she continued to deliver regular columns about everyday life lived in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

Old Bucky is the name Jane gives to the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. As this might suggest, the book about Old Bucky is an entertaining read with wry observational humour and insight of what it was like to be in Christchurch during this time. She doesn't focus on her emotional state, but the pain, bewilderment and determination to keep going felt by all Cantabrians is evident within the pages.

This book is a great read not only for those from Christchurch who want to see some humour in the devastation of the city, but more importantly for those from elsewhere around the country who are wondering just what life was like after the quake and also why most of the city chose to stay.

RRP $33.00
Publisher: AWA Press

Old Dogs, New Tricks: More Tales From Two Kiwi Country Vets by Peter Jerram & Peter Anderson

Author: Anderson, Peter
Jerram, Peter

Peter Anderson (aka the Flying Vet) and Peter Jerram (aka the Sailing Vet) are back with more laugh-out-loud and entertaining yarns about the animals and owners they’ve come across during more than thirty years in practice together. Join them as they cut straight through the cowshit, sharing the ups and downs of a rural vet’s life. A must-read for all animal lovers in New Zealand.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $40.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Old MacDonald's Farm illustrated by Donovan Bixley

Author: Bixley, Donova

Illustrator Donovan Bixley gives this age-old song a distinctly New Zealand flavour. The illustrations while being designed for pre-schoolers also have items and quirky aspects that parents and teachers will also enjoy, like gumboot wearing turkeys like those on a famous 'Country Calendar' episode. Also in the carefully detailed illustrations are all manner of kiwiana.

The illustrations are humorous and while matching the words of the song, tell their own tale with some interesting twists. The story isn't completely revealed until the end of the book. Pre-schoolers can also hone their observation skills by finding the magpies on each page or by seeing what other items they can see.

For those a bit older, especially teachers, the music for the song is at the back of the book. This version is a picture book that will be treasured by old and young alike. It is an entertaining and interesting homage to the rural background of this country.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand under the Hodder Moa title

Olivia And The Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer

Author: Falconer, Ian

Olivia is depressed because all the girl piglets want to be princesses. She also wonders why all the pigs dress as the same pink princess when there are others to choose from. She doesn’t want to be a princess, and be like everyone else, so what does she want to be?

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses is a funny picture book about someone trying to find their own way in life, and has a good twist at the end. However some parts like using the phrase corporate malfeasance may need some explaining and also make it unsuitable for young children to read themselves.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer

Author: Falconer, Ian

Illustrated by: Ian Falconer
Everyone’s favorite pig is about to have a birthday…but will her penchant for eavesdropping lead to more than presents?

Olivia’s birthday is days away. Plans must be made. Who makes plans? Moms! Who simply must know the plans? Olivia, who is NOT above eavesdropping. But when she not-so-accidentally-but-kinda overhears her mom talking about her not-so-squeaky-clean-and-possibly-very-bad-behavior, Olivia’s imagination runs wild…because it sounds like not only will there be no birthday, but Mom might just be sending her to military school instead. What a BAD birthday that would be!

For Ages: 4 - 8
$28.99 Retail price
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd

On Song: Stories behind New Zealand's pop classics by Simon Sweetman

Author: Sweetman, Simon

Spanning the popular music scene from 1969 to the late 2000's, On Song tells the stories behind the iconic New Zealand songs of their day that have also stood the test of time. Songs like Gutter Black, Slice of Heaven, Victoria, How Bizarre, For Today and Don't Dream Its Over, along with more contemporary tracks feature in this book. They feature sweet riffs, refrains, and memorable lyrics that take listeners to another place. Each one also has its own interesting story, which is now revealed.

The 30 pop, rock, folk and hip-hop songs featured in On Song comprise a unique catalogue of some of the greatest songs ever written in New Zealand. Through them, Sweetman takes readers on an engaging and sometimes revealing journey through our country's eclectic pop music landscape. Through interviews with the artists, he offers fascinating insights into the back-stories of each hit.

Each profile in the book meticulously integrates the artists' own voices and personal ephemera. Stories are further enhanced by using archival and commissioned photography to produce a compilation of insightful storytelling and evocative imagery to produce a gallery of ideas about new Zealand music, how it came into being and what makes a pop hit.

This is a must read for anyone who is interested in New Zealand music, what makes some of our most iconic tunes and what it takes to make a hit.

RRP $65.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

One hundred and four horses By Mandy Retzlaff

Author: Retzlaff, Mandy

Set in present-day Africa, this true story tells the remarkable bond between Pat, their family and their horses.

This unshakable bond starts when Pat is a boy in Rhodesia (now more commonly known as Zimbabwe) and gets his first horse, Frisky, a spirited but very loyal mare.

A few years later, Frisky saves the lives of Mandy and Pat's two youngest children Jay and Kate from a near untimely demise at the jaws of a crocodile.

It then jumps from the memories of the family's past to the present-time when political unrest reigns due to Mugabe's dictatorship. Their family farm is seized and the family are forced into exile.

To summarise this novel highlights the keen intelligence and unwavering loyalty of one of Mother Nature's hardest working animals and how the bonds created between owner and pet can influence and change a family's entire life.

Recommended for adults.

RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Harper Collins

One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch

Author: Lester, Alison
Tulloch, Coral

Macquarie Island was once an uninhabited island teeming with special creatures, many of whom couldn't be found anywhere else. Whalers then discovered the island and it's potential for supplying the oil trade. Through both their direct intervention and the problems caused by them bringing other animals to the island, much of the wildlife was soon wiped out or threatened with extinction.

It wasn't until a polar explorer used the island as a radio base that both the cruelty of the oil trade and the importance of the island was discovered. Since then, an attempt has been made to save the creatures of this small island. Macquarie Island has even become a World Heritage Site.

This picture book tells the story of the island from its creation through turmoil of the oil trade to the present conservation efforts. The accompanying illustrations show the natural beauty of the island. Some pages depict news stories, scientific notes and personal accounts in the place otherwise reserved for pictures too, making this a book that will be returned to and read more than once. It is a book that shows the importance of conservation efforts to young people.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Penguin Viking title

One with You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day

Author: Day, Sylvia

From No: 1 International bestselling author Sylvia Day.
The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet.
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.
Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one. We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws . . . and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us. But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free . . . or break us apart. Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

Adult Fiction
RRP: NZ$24.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Online Gravity - The Unseen Force Driving the Way You Live, Earn, and Learn.

Author: McCarthy, Paul X.

By Paul X. McCarthy who is a leading online-business expert and technology entrepreneur living in Sydney.

This book offers fascinating insights into the new rules that are reshaping the online worlds of business, education, and leisure.

Are you concerned that technology and the web are moving too quickly for you to keep up? Are you worried about the future of your career in the face of an increasingly global and competitive workforce?

We all worry about change. And the changes being brought about by unseen forces in the global economy are profound. Do you know someone who has lost their job in the last five years working in IT, media, finance, or retail? Paradoxically MCCarthy shows that for every job lost 2.6 more jobs have been created showing that it is the shape of employment that has been changed by the reality of Online Gravity.

In his book Mc Carthy outlines the seven laws of Online Gravity that are shaping the new world of business covering Rocketships and Uberlashes, Global Passionists and Jacks of all Technologies.

The book also offers advice on turbo-charging employment and business by hacking the techniques of global winners so that we and our students can apply these techniques to our own work, harnessing the forces of Online Gravity to create success for us all.

Witty, pithy and full of big ideas, this is a must have guide-book to negotiating anyone’s future in a digital world. Suggest a minimum of 3 copies per secondary school library.

Hard cover: $25.00
Download: $7.99

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Open Looks - My Life in Basketball by John Saker

Author: Saker, John

New Zealand Tall Black John Saker candidly and brilliantly writes his memoirs about his love affair with America's game soon to be the next ‘Big Thing’ in New Zealand sport.

From his early teens, when shooting hoops was a way of dealing with family tragedy, through to his scholarship to a US university, to his career in France as New Zealand's first professional player and selection to the Tall Blacks, Saker canvasses both the highs and the lows of a sport where players such as New Zealand’s Steven Adams, today command a multimillion dollar salaries.

"John Saker's meditations on basketball belong in the very top rank of New Zealand's sports writing" – Paul Thomas.

RRP: NZ$28
Publisher: Awa Press


Author: Sandberg, Sheryl
Grant, Adam

#1 New York Times Best Seller

From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy. Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B. We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.

Category: Self Help
Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $45,00
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Organ Music by Margaret Mahy

Author: Mahy, Margaret

It starts with Harvey and David seeing some repetitive graffiti asking the question ‘Where’s Quinta?’ Harley’s mother is a music teacher, and ever since she ran away with a Jazz guitarist, he has been intent on living life dangerously and taking David with him. That is why they are walking down one of the most dangerous streets in town, reading the graffiti, and also why when there is no-one around and they see a car with keys in it parked in the street, Harley decides to take it for a joy-ride.

David is the sensible one but is teased into going along with Harley, even though he thinks it is a bad idea. When in the car, they don’t even notice that the words on the walls have changed to ‘Quinta come home’.

Harley doesn’t quite observe things around him or recognise real danger. David is more observant but succumbs to Harley’s peer pressure. It is only when David finally insists that Harley stops the car so he can walk home, that Harley realises that there is something strange about the car and in fact it is driving itself. The car seems to have a death wish too, speeding through the city and onto the motorway, getting faster and faster. Where is it taking them and what horrors could await them when the car reaches its destination? And there is that strange music that the car is playing.

Organ Music is a chilling and thrilling tale of danger, ghosts and secret experiments. It is an entertaining and enthralling sci-fi horror for readers aged eleven and older. Organ Music is a chilling and thrilling tale of danger, ghosts and secret experiments. It is an entertaining and enthralling sci-fi horror for readers aged eleven and older. The chapters are short, making the reader feel he or she is making real progress, and contain enough action and mystery to keep them on the edge of their seat too.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

OUR NEW ZEALAND - Sarah Ell & Nicola Legat

Author: Ell, Sarah
Legat, Nicola

A celebration of New Zealand, for both New Zealanders and visitors to enjoy and cherish in coffee table style hard back.

'It's a big ask to sum up what makes a nation tick, and what its people treasure and love. It can be done by selecting objects, music, poems, songs,recipes, heroes and touchstones that stand for the myriad strands that combine to create a national culture. That's what this book seeks to do — it's a sampler of New Zealand's storehouse of treasures — to take home to be part of yours.'

Our New Zealand covers not only New Zealand's most loved wild places, birds, trees, sports and important days, it also covers the quotidian and adventurous things New Zealanders love to do — from eating cone ice creams and overnighting in mountain huts, to messing about in boats and cooking up a feed of whitebait fritters.

New Zealand's rich literature and art is also explored, through three of the nation's most moving poems and some of its favourite landscape paintings.

RRP: $49.99
Publisher: Random House NZ

Our Song by Dani Atkins

Author: Atkins, Dani

This is the story of Ally and Charlotte, whose paths have intersected over the years though they've never really been close friends. Charlotte married Ally's ex and first true love, David. Fate is about to bring them together one last, dramatic time and change their lives forever.

An aching beautiful sotry of two couples who could be any of us, with one night to decide the past, present and future of all four.

Adult Fiction
Paperback RRP: NZ$35.00 or Ebook NZ$12.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Out of the Ice by Ann Turner

Author: Turner, Ann

'A cinematic page-turner' Weekend Australian

By the bestselling author of The Lost Swimmer, a tense, eerie thriller set in the icy reaches of Antarctica

When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine.

Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference. Rules have been broken, and the protected wildlife is behaving strangely.

On a diving expedition, Laura emerges into an ice cave where she is shocked to see an anguished figure, crying for help. But in this freezing, lonely landscape there are ghosts everywhere, and Laura wonders if her own eyes can be trusted. Has she been in the ice too long?

Back at base, Laura’s questions about the whaling station go unanswered, blocked by scientists unused to outsiders. And Laura just can’t shake what happened in the cave.

Piecing together a past and present of cruelty and vulnerability that can be traced around the world, from Norway, to Nantucket, Europe and Antarctica, Laura will stop at nothing to unearth the truth. As she comes face to face with the dark side of human progress, she also discovers a legacy of love, hope and the meaning of family. If only Laura can find her way . . .

Reading age: 17 years to adult
RRP: $32.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Outdoors With Geoff by Geoff Thomas

Author: Thomas, Geoff

Geoff Thomas is synonymous with New Zealand’s outdoors and is one of the most well known fishermen in the country. For years many New Zealanders have watched his escapades in his television show, and now many of his exhilarating stories featured in ‘Outdoors With Geoff’ are documented for readers to enjoy.

Geoff and his mates take readers on adventures as they journey around New Zealand and overseas searching for ultimate outdoors experiences. If you enjoy hunting and fishing yourself, this book provides some insight into making the best of your outdoor experience, otherwise you can sit back, relax and enjoy the light, funny stories as Geoff shares 100 of his greatest escapades.

This book provides an entertaining read, with interesting and humorous stories interspersed with handy tips to improve your fishing, hunting and culinary skills. There are also 250 photos illustrating the stories in the book. Outdoors with Geoff is a great read for anyone who enjoys the outdoors or tales about fishing and hunting.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography by Tom Jones

Author: Jones, Tom

Across six decades, Sir Tom Jones has maintained a vital career in a risky, unstable business notorious for the short lives of its artists. With a drive that comes from nothing but the love for what he does, he breaks through and then wrestles with the vagaries of the music industry, the nature of success and its inevitable consequences.

Having recorded an expansive body of work and performed with fellow artists from across the spectrum and across every popular music genre, from rock, pop and dance to country, blues and soul, the one constant throughout has been his unique musical gifts and unmistakable voice.

But how did a boy from a Welsh coal-mining family attain success across the globe? And how has he survived the twists and turns of fame and fortune to not only stay exciting, but actually become more credible and interesting with age?

In this, his first and only autobiography, Tom revisits his past and tells the tale of his journey from wartime Pontypridd to LA and beyond. He reveals the stories behind the ups and downs of his fascinating and remarkable life, from the early heydays to the subsequent fallow years to his later period of artistic renaissance.

Raw, honest, funny and powerful, this is a memoir like no other from one of the world's greatest ever singing talents.

Adult Non-Fiction
Paperback RRP: NZ$40.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Paleo Monday to Friday by Daniel Green

Author: Green, Daniel

Paleo: Monday to Friday provides you with the perfect diet simply displayed on 3 food wheels - No Foods, Yes Foods and eat in moderation foods with simple explanations of why these foods are excellent, good in moderation or not good at all for the human digestive system.

The book is full of delicious, nutritious recipes, using only the fruits, veg, meat, seafood and nuts that our Paleolithic, hunter-gatherer ancestors thrived on when our species evolved. Plus it’s written by top chef Daniel Green and with dishes like Salmon & Scallop Ceviche, Seared Honey-Glazed Pork and Kelftiko Greek Lamb, there’s no compromise on taste or flavour at all. Additionally, every dish is designed to be low in fat so the weight will drop off effortlessly. All you need to do is follow it for 5 days a week and you can even have the weekend off and relax the rules a little and you will still see great results. This is the diet that Daniel has followed for over 25 years and it works. Low-fat, natural food is the key to losing weight and feeling fantastic and this book shows you just how easy and enjoyable it can be.

Cookery Books
RRP AU$35.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pantheon by Sam Bourne

Author: Bourne, Sam

Set in 1940, while the world is at war, Pantheon is about James Zennor, a brilliant young Oxford University don who comes home from rowing one day to find his wife and their son gone. Strangely she has left a note declaring her undying love.

James starts a frantic search in England, which soon takes him across the Atlantic and to one of America's great universities. His investigation leads him to the clubs and secret societies within its ivy halls.

Ultimately though, his hunt for his family will lead James to uncover one of the darkest secrets of the war. It is a plot that could swing the balance of power. Now James, a man considered unfit to fight in the war must save not only his family but also his country.

This book uses one of the great real life scandals of Yale University, the 'Great Ivy League nude posture photo scandal', as the New York Times dubbed it. The scandal saw thousands of freshmen photographed to have their posture checked in the theory that physique determines destiny and to try to get the most eugenically sound individuals to breed together.

In a parallel narrative, Taylor Hastings, a cipher clerk at the US embassy in London is handing copies of messages showing that Roosevelt is planning to enter the war on the Allied side to fascist sympathisers. If the documents are revealed in the US press, it could see Roosevelt loose the upcoming election.

Pantheon is not only a good thriller but also a satisfying read with moral indignation of an attempt at social and genetic engineering. It is interesting historical fiction with a conscience and vivid wartime atmosphere.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Papa's Jandals by Kate Moetaua with illustrations by Bruce Potter

Author: Moetaua, Kate

Young readers will enjoy the story of the cheeky boy who loves to wear his Papa’s jandals as much as his Papa does. One day Junior wears Papa’s jandals when he goes to buy some milk, but gets distracted along the way. Not only does he come home without the milk, he also no longer has the jandals.

He begins a frantic search for the jandals but no-one seems to know where they are.

There are good messages for readers on taking things that don’t belong to them, even if they are borrowed as a joke and also that if you don’t help other people, they will be reluctant to help you. The bold pictures capture the story well and help with the distinctly New Zealand flavour.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Picture Puffin title

Passing Exams For Dummies, 2nd Edition By Patrick Sherratt

Author: Sherratt, Patrick

Release your potential and get better exam results.
Do you panic at the thought of exams? Do you think you're just not the academic type? No matter how old you are, exams can be stressful-but they don't need to be.

This essential guide provides expert tips on how to change your mindset, improve how you learn and revise, control your anxiety, and get good marks-whether you're studying at school, college, or university, or to advance your career.

Fully updated to reflect new research in how the brain thinks, learns, and remembers.

Passing Exams for Dummies will have you improving your exam results using the new ASSET approach. This acronym will help you remember the five keys to better learning and study skills. Attention, Sensory Input, Solid Effort, Emotion, Time sequence.

Taking a holistic approach to exam preparation, you'll get hands-on, expert help to find out what motivates you and how you learn best; make your brain more receptive to incoming information and cope with exam pressure and anxiety; improve your reading style and condense your notes using visual mapping techniques; learn association techniques using memory pegs; use visualization to mentally and physically rehearse passing your exams; and more.

If you're preparing for a school, college, university, or career-related exam, Passing Exams For Dummies has you covered.

Patrick Sherratt teaches and facilitates training in meta-cognitive knowledge and performance psychology. He holds a Masters degree in education and has written a number of educational resources for students, parents, and teachers.

NZD $28.99
Publisher: For Dummies

Pearl of China by Anchee Min

Author: Min, Anchee

In a small southern town in china, during the last days of the nineteenth century, two girls bump heads and become best friends. Willow is the only child of a destitute family, while Pearl is headstrong and the daughter of zealous Christian missionaries. When civil war erupts, Pearl’s family is forced to flee the country ahead of angry mobs. She eventually grows up to become Pearl S Buck, the Nobel Prize-winning writer and activist and through everything her life remains intertwined with that of Willow.

Willow’s life in China isn’t easy either, as her friendship with Pearl sees her being punished despite being close to Mao’s inner circle, yet through love, loss, heartbreak, joy, exile and imprisonment, their close bonds remain.

While this book is based on the life of Pearl S Buck, a courageous and passionate woman who loved the country of her childhood, it is not entirely factual and is as much about loyalty and friendship as being a book about a historical figure. It tells of her life through the Chinese perspective of her friends in China so a fictional lifelong friend was chosen.

Growing up in China, Min herself was forced to denounce Pearl S Buck and it was only after she moved to the United States that she learned of Pearl’s love of china and the brainwashing she had been subjected to. Pearl of China is a compelling read, although sometimes reading more like a lecture than a narrative and containing some unexplained holes in the plot.

RRP $38.99
Publisher: Allen and Unwin under the Bloomsbury title

Peninsula: Exploring the Otago Peninsula by Paul Sorrell and Graham Warman

Author: Sorrell, Paul Warman, Graham

An enduring source of pride for locals, the Otago Peninsula has become a popular tourist attraction. Visitors are drawn to the natural beauty, interesting and unique wildlife, history, fine buildings and romantic ruins. It is also a place of extremes of weather and impressive landscape.

Through the text of Paul Sorrell and photographs of Graham Warman, readers will discover the spectacular Otago Peninsula like never before. Peninsula is more than just a book about stunning scenery and interesting natural history, it is also about the people, architecture and history that make this place so special.

In this book, readers will encounter the stirring stories of the earliest people to make a home on the Otago Peninsula, the beauty and tragedy that surrounds Larnach Castle, the romance of the ferries that once plied for trade in Dunedin’s harbour, the animals that put the peninsula on the map and the people who make a living there. There are also delicious recipes to try and short biographies of some of the personalities that live there today.

The stunning photographs of Graham Warman capture the peninsula in all its beauty and contrast from the tranquillity of Glenfalloch Woodland Garden and aerial photographs of seemingly deserted hills to impressive images of the extraordinary wildlife. From simple coastal villages to the ornate and spectacular Larnach castle, the photographs show how this place is a land of contrast not just because of natural features and the weather, but also thanks to the people who have helped shape the place and added their own touches on the peninsula. Whether you are into natural history, human history, social interaction with environment, exploring interesting places or even just enjoy good recipes, this book is sure to be a treasured addition to your library. This book also showcases a unique part of New Zealand and provides inspiration for more research.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

People by Blexbolex

Author: Blexbolex

Blexbolex is a French illustrator and graphic artist. In People he has shown the duality of people in different roles showing in large images on facing pages similarities in what would otherwise be considered completely different occupations. For example what does an acrobat have in common with a plumber?

For young children this book would just be an exercise in getting to know different occupations and learning how they are spelt, but for anyone who is older, the book has a much deeper meaning and offers a thought-provoking look at society.

RRP $37.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

People, People, People: A Brief history of New Zealand by Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Author: Eldred-Grigg, Stevan

Stevan Eldred-Grigg is a leading writer of both fiction and non-fiction. In this book he looks at the history of New Zealand from 1200 to the present day, focusing on the people that came here and the differences they made. It is a lively and entertaining story of discovery, settlement, work, play, money, power and people.

Surprisingly the book is not illustrated so much by photographs but by paintings and illustrations. These do not necessarily reflect the true New Zealand of the time but can project a more idealistic view. Maps show where various groups of immigrants came from to settle in this country

This book provides a small snapshot of New Zealand history in an easy to read manner although it may prompt some readers to check validity from other works. Some immigrants, particularly more recent immigrants might also feel a bit left out by the maps. People, People, People is definitely not a definitive history of New Zealand but rather offers a brief overview of the history of people in this country.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: David Bateman

Peppa Pig: Doodle with Peppa Activity Book

Author: Various Authors

Draw, doodle and colour with Peppa Pig, George and their friends. Packed with 128 pages of creative fun to keep the littlies busy for hours! Big bold drawings in black and white for creative minds to complete with crayons in hand.

Ages: 3 - 7 years
Publisher: Ladybird Books published in New Zealand by Penguin Random House.

Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

Percy Jackson a modern day demi-god takes you on epic adventures with the original old-school hard luck heroes of Greek Mythology from 4000 years ago. Keeps the teens quiet when on holiday especially where there is little or no technology.

Teenagers especially boys enjoy Rick Riordan’s blood-thirsty adventures and the ever increasing feeling that the heroic character they choose to indentify with may not survive. If you enjoy stories where you get involved in stealing from 4000 year old Gods, decapitating and killing off evil people, all with the feeling you probably won’t get out of this alive then read this book…..

Reading age: 14 – 20 years.
RRP: $26.00
Publisher: Puffin – Penguin Random House New Zealand

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

For Percy Jackson fans, this book is sure to be on their must buy list, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, and as a prophecy predicts, bad things are happening to him as all sorts of mythical creatures pop into his life and try to destroy the world. Only he can stop them, mainly because most humans can’t see through the magical veil that hides the mythical creatures from them. It does pose problems though when he is trying to be just a normal teenager.

In this adventure, Kronos, Lord of the Titans attacks New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. If that isn’t enough, Percy also has to deal with the dreaded and enormous monster Typhon. Can Percy save Olympus, the world and himself?

This book, like the rest in the series is an interesting blend of Greek Mythology and the modern world, making exciting and extraordinary adventures. Rick Riordan also injects humour and characters readers can relate to into his amazing adventures, making very readable, thrilling adventures.

RRP $19.95
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

Yet another in the Percy Jackson series about the half boy, half God hero, in which Zeus, God of the Sky thinks Percy has stolen his lightning bolt. This understandably makes Zeus very angry. This is a very bad idea since Zeus is also King of the Gods. It is up to Percy to find the lightning bolt before a fully fledged war of the Gods erupts.

The book starts with an event that many students have no doubt imagined at some point, vaporising a teacher. This is only the start of his problems however. Not that it was the start of his causing trouble, and some of his other exploits mentioned in the book will no doubt give readers a good laugh. The students in his class are characters that readers will relate to, and as for Percy himself, if it wasn’t for his unusual parentage, he would be a very unlikely hero, after all he is an average student with learning difficulties and a temper.

Strange things certainly do happen to Percy though. He sees things that no-one else seems to see, and then there are things like vaporising a teacher that no-one else has heard of with a pen that turns into a sword. It all makes for an amazing and entertaining adventure.

RRP $19.95
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan

Author: Riordan, Rick

This is a graphic novel version of one of the books in the Percy Jackson series about the half boy, half God hero, in which Zeus, God of the Sky thinks Percy has stolen his lightning bolt. This understandably makes Zeus very angry. This is a very bad idea since Zeus is also King of the Gods. It is up to Percy to find the lightning bolt before a fully fledged war of the Gods erupts.

The book starts with an event that many students have no doubt imagined at some point, vaporising a teacher. This is only the start of his problems however. Not that it was the start of his causing trouble, and some of his other exploits in the book will no doubt give readers a good laugh. The students in his class are characters that readers will relate to, and as for Percy himself, if it wasn’t for his unusual parentage, he would be a very unlikely hero, after all he is an average student with learning difficulties and a temper.

Strange things certainly do happen to Percy though. He sees things that no-one else seems to see, and then there are things like vaporising a teacher that no-one else has heard of with a pen that turns into a sword. It all makes for an amazing and entertaining adventure.

This format will introduce the adventure series to a new audience of readers over 11 who may have been put off by the size and text in the original, including those who prefer more visual stories and might even have some learning difficulties like Percy himself.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Perfect Stranger: A True Story by Kay Schubach

Author: Schubach, Kay

Kay Schubach almost has it all - a great job, a beautiful apartment, a life of champagne and mixing it with Sydney's A-list, and a steady relationship. By chance she meets handsome and charismatic Simon at a Sydney restaurant. He gives her his number and she risks it all by going to see him. Little does she know that by doing so he has set off a tumultuous chain of events that could destroy her.

Simon sweeps her off her feet with promises the one thing her younger boyfriend won't give her - a baby. She takes the biggest risk of her life, leaving all certainties behind for love.

All too quickly though the relationship turns sour and Kay finds herself in an abusive relationship as Simon turns to be far from perfect. Simon goes from charming to controlling and threatening.

She couldn't have seen that Simon is a dangerous and manipulating man who preys on intelligent but vulnerable women. By the time Kay learns of his violent past and criminal record, Simon has decided he is not letting her go, and he is not a man to be argued with. She finds herself isolated from friends and family and trapped in a terrifying situation. She must decide what she values most and fight for it.

This book gives valuable insight into domestic violence. It is part cautionary tale, part psychological thriller and part true crime drama. It shows what a woman will do for love and the promise of a baby and at what cost. For the first time Kay gives her disturbing and terrifying tale, warning others not to make the same mistake.

Simon Lowe is currently serving an 11 year prison sentence in New South Wales for crimes against another woman in a similar story to Kay's.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey

Author: Corey, James S. A.

The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse Series–now a major television series.

An interplanetary space-opera performed in the vast expanse of a 1000 sun network of humanity’s expansion onto many new planets. Each new colony of humans struggles to survive on their own new world and the crew of the ageing gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace.

Reading Age: 17 years to Adult.
RRP: Paperback NZ$37.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Phantom Of Terawhiti by Des Hunt

Author: Hunt, Des

In typical Des Hunt style, this novel intrigues from the very first page. Zac and his father are in exile on the remote Terawhiti Station west of Wellington, where his father has gone undercover as a farmer. Then right in the first chapter disaster strikes when a storm knock's Zac's father out of site on the top of a hill, then sends Zac and the ute his father was driving towards certain disaster. In the process of gaining control of the ute, Zac runs over his father's leg.

Readers find out by chapter two that the reason that Zac's father, Crawford is in exile is because his identical twin brother is accused of stealing some gold, and is also on the run. Crawford needs to hide until his brother is found, which seems ok for Crawford as he intends to write a novel about a shipwreck. But then they make a discovery that could blow Crawford's cover. They find a real shipwreck, or at least wreckage from a missing yacht.

Wreckage and flotsam isn't all they find though. There are strange animal prints on the beach. Whose boat was it? Was there anyone on it? And what made those strange footprints.

Soon armed men are prowling the coast, who threaten Zac, his family and his friends. He must do all he can to protect the Phantom of Terawhiti from those intent on hunting it down.

This is another novel where Des Hunt is at his best. In his typical style, he combines natural history with New Zealand history and a modern day adventure set in the rural countryside in a very readable thriller for boys over ten. Once the first page is started, it is hard to put down until the last word is read.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers

Pie: 80 plus Pies and Pastry Delights by Dean Brettschneider

Author: Brettschneider, Dean

The name of this book says it all. New Zealanders love their pies and why not. Who can resist a homemade savoury or sweet delicacy wrapped in pastry? Particularly good in winter, there is something about a piping hot pie, quiche or sausage roll fresh from the oven that appeals to most kiwis.

Pie has to be the definitive pie cookbook. Dean Brettschneider is arguably New Zealand's best artisan baker and he has a passion for pies. In this book he reveals the secrets of mastering pastry and making truly mouth-watering pies. All the recipes in this book are based on the traditional, but with Dean's own modern twist.

If you want to make some great pies and pastries that everyone will enjoy, then you will want this book.

RRP $54.99
Publisher: Penguin Group

PIECES OF YOU by Eileen Merriman

Author: Merriman, Eileen

Wise, tough, heart-breaking, funny, this compulsive love story is about facing your demons.

Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that’s when things really fall apart.

I couldn’t tell anyone what had happened. Especially since I was the new girl in town. Who would want to believe me?

Things look up when she meets gregarious sixteen-year-old Cory Marshall.

‘You’re funny, Becs,’ Cory said.

‘You have no idea,’ I said, and clearly he didn’t, but I was smiling anyway.

And after that, he was all I could think about.

Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life back together; but that’s before he shatters it all over again . . .

Reading age 14 to 18 years
RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Pilgrimage: A traveller’s guide to New Zealanders in two world wars

Author: Hutchinson, Garrie

There are more than 30,000 New Zealand men and women who were casualties of the two World Wars buried in cemetaries and named on memorials around the world. From Gallipoli to the Western Front, Palestine, the Middle East, Greece, Crete, Italy, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, New Zealanders have fought and died for their country.

Garrie Hutchinson takes readers on a journey through time and place to these foreign battlefields. With GPS co-ordinates, written descriptions and maps, illustrated with photography throughout, Pilgrimage is a practical and up-to-date travel guide and history of the battlefields and cemetaries with a New Zealand connection.

This book is much more than just a travel companion for visiting war memorials and cemetaries though. It also covers the history of the battles including details of some of the New Zealand soldiers buried in the cemetaries, and an overall look at each particular arena with a New Zealand slant.

This is therefore the ideal companion for those wanting to visit historical sites like Gallipoli for ANZAC day and also for those historians wanting to know more about the New zealanders who fought in both World Wars.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Pimpernelles: The Traitor's Suite by Patricia Elliott

Author: Elliott, Patricia

Eugenie de Boncoeur has fled the violence of the French Revolution to find sanctuary in England at the home of her cousin, Hetta. At first, the two girls seem to have nothing in common. Hetta can’t understand Eugenie’s preoccupation with clothes and appearance and scorns her politics. The two girls are soon drawn together though by a shared sense of danger, as the vengeful Pale Assassin waits across the channel to claim Eugenie for himself.

The Pale Assassin has a plan to make Eugenie hers and to reap his vengeance on the de Boncoeur family. The first part of his plot was to capture Eugenie’s brother. Then he sent his most successful spy, guy Deschamps to find her in England. Now how can Eugenie refuse his bargain with her brother’s life at stake?

She will have to sacrifice her chance of love and return to Paris in the grip of terror to face an uncertain future. Eugenie must decide her destiny. Must she do it alone, or can she find help, and who can she truly trust? In a place where old loyalties mean nothing and neighbours betray each other in order to survive?

The Traitor’s Suite follows on from ‘The Pale Assassin’ ands is as dramatic and unforgettable as the first book in the series. It is an exciting and unpredictable historical romantic thriller.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Hodder Children's title

Piri`s Big ALL BLACK Dream by Jared Bell & Jimmy Diaz

Author: Bell, Jared
Diaz, Jimmy

This funny and affirming picture book is a true story about young Piri Weepu, way back when he was an unknown, rugby-mad Kiwi boy with a far-off dream to join the All Blacks.

He keeps his eyes on the prize at all times, playing rugby with his mates at every opportunity and eating good food to make him strong and healthy. When he does close his eyes he imagines what it would be like to pull on an All Black jersey and lace up his All Black boots and how it would feel to stand on the field with his All Black teammates with the World watching and best of all the New Zealand people proudly cheering them on...

And, one day Piri`s All Black rugby dream did come true.

Ages 3 to 6
RRP $19.99
Publisher: A PUFFIN ORIGINAL from Penguin – Randomhouse – New Zealand.

Planet Treasure Guardians series by S V Bodle

Author: Bodle, S V

Sharlene Bodle lives in New Zealand and tutors pupils in creative writing as well as running workshops for teachers and large groups. Her ‘Planet Treasure Guardians’ series is written to fit multiple genres and contain a new adventure in every chapter which makes them fast paced adventures with wide appeal.

The first book in the series is Battle For The Savant Sceptre. It starts the magical tale with a thrilling treasure hunt that soon turns into a dangerous quest to save earth from colonisation by the deadly Tanyaksa species. It is up to four young guardians to stop them; 12 year old boys Ladek and Robbie, together with nine year old girls Skyla and Ashleigh. With the help of their guide Zonule and the magical powers of three planet treasures, can they defeat the Tanyaksa?

Their goal seems within reach until the source of all worldly power is about to fall into the wrong hands. The race for the Savant Sceptre turns into a deadly battle where only the quick witted and skilled will survive.

Hunt For The Emberteller is the second book in the series, and starts a year after the conclusion of Battle For The Savant Sceptre. This time the guardians are entrusted to protect the greatest ally of all planets holding the fate of countless lives in their hands. The Emberteller reads the embers of time, making him the greatest strategist ever, and also the greatest threat to the Tanyaksa. Ladek and his sister Skyla are also keeping their own secrets. Ladek thinks he has committed the worst crime imaginable while Skyla’s secret could tear the guardians apart.

Meanwhile, Mrs Scryvun, queen of the Tanyaksa weaves a devious plot, playing all sides in her game of power, as the hunt for the Emberteller attracts fierce competition. The four guardians become prime targets as evil strikes from every side leaving them no where to run and no place to hide in this second instalment of the adventure.

Secret Of The Stolen Scripts sees another year passed and Ladek in a life threatening coma induced by a crippling poison. Trapped in mental darkness, Ladek’s mind races against time to discover the location of the stolen scripts. The scripts hold a secret so powerful they can twist the fabric of the future.

Meanwhile the other three guardians must unlock the power of the sun gem in order to rescue Ladek. They encounter even bigger problems though, when a freak accident delivers a near fatal dose of ability altering energy to Skyla. Robbie unwittingly makes their problems worse when his attempts to help her threaten to jeopardise the quest. As they race to save Ladek’s life, the Planet Guardians also uncover dangerous plots that reach all the way to the highest level of government. As the quest grows more fraught with danger, the friendship of the four guardians continues to grow stronger.

This exciting adventure series shows readers the values of loyalty, trust, friendship and family. They will be popular books for anyone aged between 8 and 14 who enjoy a good adventure, excitement and danger.

RRP $23.99 each
Publisher: Silverbound Publishing Ltd.

Poems that make Grown Women Cry by Anthony and Ben Holden

Author: Holden, Anthony and Ben

Following the success of their anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden, working with Amnesty International, have asked the same revealing question of 100 remarkable women. What poem has moved you to tears?

The poems chosen range from the eighth century to today, from Rumi and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden to Carol Ann Duffy, Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott to Imtiaz Dharker and Warsan Shire. Their themes range from love and loss, through mortality and mystery, war and peace, to the beauty and variety of nature. From Yoko Ono to Judi Dench, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Elena Ferrante, Carol Ann Duffy to Kaui Hart Hemmings, and Joan Baez to Nikki Giovanni, this unique collection delivers private insights into the minds of women whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world.

Adult Poetry
RRP: $39.99 Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017

Author: Various Authors

Continually in print since 1951, when it was established by leading poet Louis Johnson, this annual collection of new poetry, reviews and essays is the ideal way to catch up with the latest poetry from established and emerging New Zealand poets.

This Issue features 128 new poems by writers including featured poet Elizabeth Morton, Riemke Ensing, Mohamed Hassan, Michele Leggott, Kiri Piahana-Wong and Elizabeth Smither, as well as essays by Janet Charman, Lisa Samuels and Bryan Walpert, and reviews of 33 new poetry collections.

Reading Age: 14 years to Adult.
RRP: Softcover NZ$34.99.
Publisher: Massey University Press

Politically Incorrect Parenting by Nigel Latta

Author: Latta, Nigel

New Zealand’s own Nigel Latta is famous for giving honest parenting advice. It might not always be politically correct or in tune with some modern theories on raising children, but his theories, based on his own experience as a parent and child psychologist have hit a chord with New Zealand parents. His recent television series was the highest rating programme on TV One for the night, every week it screened. By episode three, it was actually the most watched programme on New Zealand Television for the week across all channels. TVNZ also received an avalanche of mail and phone calls, all of it positive, from viewers, the sort of response TVNZ hasn’t received in years for a programme.

Following from this success, Nigel has revised and updated his popular book Before Your Kids Drive You Crazy giving it the new title Politically Incorrect Parenting.

Politically Incorrect Parenting is for harassed parents struggling to understand why they end up screaming at their children and become frustrated trying to make them understand that bad behaviour has consequences. Nigel provides commonsense answers to questions parents might have as well as examples from actual cases, logical and realistic strategies and some innovative behaviour modification tools to help parents. It is written in a down to earth and easy to understand style by a parent and family therapist who has seen almost everything.

Nigel Latta specialises in working with children with behavioural problems, from simple to severe. He is also a regular media commentator, with a regular parenting segment on national radio, and besides presenting television shows has written other bestselling books offering parenting advice and also a novel. Nigel is currently making a television series in Australia.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Pony Club Rivals: Riding Star by Stacy Gregg

Author: Gregg, Stacy

Georgie Parker has come out on top after her first two terms at Blainford All Star Academy, but just because she has succeeded in the show-jumping arena will not mean that she will be a success in the male dominated world of Polo. She has decided to enter an all girls team though in the Blainford Round Robin.

While Georgie has the Polo tournament on her mind, Riley and James are both fighting for her attention. Also Kennedy Kirkwood is also out to cause trouble and there is more backstabbing and gossip in this third instalment in the Pony Club Rivals series. It is sure to be a hit with girls who have enjoyed the series so far and those who love horses.

RRP $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Pony Tales: Jade and the Hunters by Amy Brown

Author: Brown, Amy

In the latest episode of Pony Tales, Jade has decided to take home the worst behaved pony at the show jumping championships. At the time it seemed a brave decision, but once back in Mr White's paddock, Jade is too nervous to mount Taniwha and is feeling rather stupid.

Zoe Death is two years older than Jade, home from boarding school, and just like Taniwha, intimidating. What is worse is that she has no trouble riding Taniwha. Jade isn't sure if she is a friend or foe but she does make a suggestion to help Jade that might just work. Zoe isn't the only one that gives Jade advice though and nothing has seemed to work so far.

Jade needs her own confidence back and to do that both her and Taniwha will have to earn each other's trust. Will this happen, can Taniwha be a champion? Or are there really some horses to wild to tame?

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Pony Tales: Jade And The Stray by Amy Brown

Author: Brown, Amy

Jade has recently lost her mother and grandmother in a car accident. Her father is in prison, so Jade is forced to leave her home in Auckland and stay with her father in Flaxton, a fictional rural town on the East Coast of the North Island. On her first night in Flaxton, Jade steals a stray pony from the pound. She has no practical experience with horses and no paddock to keep it in

As luck would have it though, a generous local offers land for the stray to graze on and teaches Jade to ride. The dedication and hard work necessary to look after the horse provides the distraction Jade needs to take her mind off the family tragedy. Will she be able to compete in the Flaxton show though?

Without even looking at the back cover, readers will probably be able to tell that this book is the first in a series about Jade. It is also in the fashion of the classic English pony books but with a distinctly New Zealand flavour. It is also obvious that the book’s writer has a passion for horses. It is a novel that girls who love stories of ponies and girls will enjoy.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Poor Economics by Abhijit V Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Author: Banerjee, Abhijit V
Duflo, Esther

For more than fifteen years Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo have worked with the poor in dozens of countries spanning five continents, trying to understand the specific problems that come with poverty and to find proven solutions. Their book is radical in its rethinking of the economics of poverty, but also entirely practical in the suggestions it offers. Through a careful analysis of a very rich body of evidence, including the hundreds of randomised control trials that Banerjee and Duflo have pioneered, they show why the poor, despite having the same desires and abilities as anyone else, end up with entirely different lives.

Through their work, Banerjee and Duflo look at some of the most surprising facets of poverty: why the poor need to borrow in order to save, why they miss out on free life-saving immunizations but pay for drugs that they do not need, why they start many businesses but do not grow any of them, and many other puzzling facts about living with less than 99 cents per day.

Poor Economies makes some interesting observances and reveals paradoxes that exist for the poor. It argues that many of the anti-poverty policies have failed over the years because of a basic lack of understanding of poverty issues. According to the authors, the battle for poverty can be won but requires patience careful thinking and a willingness to learn from evidence.

If you are interested in economics, helping the poor, politics or a better, fairer world then Poor Economics is an important book to read. It gives a refreshing and new perspective on a very topical and difficult economic subject.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Poor Little Rabbit by Jorg Muhle

Author: Muhle, Jorg

Oh no, Little Rabbit has hurt his arm. And there’s blood! Can you help him? Blow gently three times, try a plaster, a rhyme, but he’s still crying… Let’s give his ears a stroke and wipe his tears. There, all better! Off you go, Little Rabbit!

Reading Age: 2 to 4 years.
RRP: Complete board format NZ$14.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Pop Hooper's Perfect Pets Slowcoach Turtle by Kyle Mewburn with illustrations by Heath McKenzie

Author: Mewburn, Kyle

Pop Hooper is back with his interesting pets that are not quite what the children who meet him want. But by taking care of pets they think are unsuitable, the children learn valuable lessons about themselves. There is also the promise that they only have to look after the unsuitable pet for a week before they can get what they really want.

Tilda loves doing daring things like climbing trees and playing on flying foxes. She doesn’t like to plan anything out and loves to take risks. She wants a pet monkey that can have climbing races with her and teach her how to swing from tree to tree. Pop Hooper is in fact the first person that ever called her patient, and that was simply because she couldn’t see any monkeys in his truck and was wondering if she should ask for something else.

Mister Hooper does however have a monkey called Houdini, who is a bit of a handful and who even Tilda would struggle to keep up with. When Houdini runs away, Pop Hooper suggests that she looks after a slow turtle called Pickle for one night and the next day she can get her perfect pet. As she takes Pickle home, could it be that she has already found it? Will Tilda also learn about the value of friendship and what a good friend she had?

As with the rest of the books in this series, it shows that people don’t always know what is best for them and sometimes what seems the most unsuitable might be just what they need. It also has themes of friendship and thinking of others in a very funny story.

RRP $12.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


Author: Patterson, James

Tired of being bullied, middle-school underdogs 'Pottymouth' and 'Stoopid' finally fight back with the power of funny.

David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: 'Pottymouth' and 'Stoopid' are still stuck with the names – and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true.

So how do they go about changing everyone's minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! And this important story delivers more than just laughs – it shows that the worst bullying doesn't have to be physical, and that things will get better.

RRP: $19.99
Reading Age: 8 to 13 years
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

Pounamu Pounamu by Witi Ihimaera

Author: Ihimaera, Witi

This book is a reproduction of the first published work of fiction by a Maori writer and the first collection of short stories on contemporary Maori life. Pounamu Pounamu has been in print ever since, and the latest edition marks the 40th anniversary of its first publication.

In this special volume, readers will find Witi's stories behind the stories. They will also find that some changes have been made to some of the stories.

As Witi states, "although the stories in this edition of Pounamu, Pounamu are the same as in the original edition published, they are also different. I have added what I have seen as the light has glanced off, reflected through and highlighted other roimata in the depths of the greenstone. I've rewritten stories to show that not only is Pounamu a living stone but stories also live, change and are enriched by the dynamics of changing times."

Pounamu, Pounamu remains just as important to New Zealand literature s ever, and this edition gives readers new insight into the stories and the inspiration behind them.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Raupo title

Pounamu Treasures Nga Taonga Pounamu by Russell Beck and Maika Mason with photography by Andris Apse

Author: Beck, Russell
Mason, Maika

Maori call it Pounamu, geologists nephrite, New Zealanders greenstone, and to everyone else it is Jade. Pounamu is one of New Zealand's most treasured resources, while for over 8000 years jade has held a special place in the history of human development.

In New Zealand as in other places it has always been a highly regarded resource. It has been used for tools, weapons, currency, adornment and as a spiritual symbol. Here it not only holds significance to Maori but is celebrated for its beauty. Pounamu Treasures tries to captivate the many different uses and values that Pounamu possesses.

Stunning photographs and informative text take you on a journey from Pounamu's origins and natural beauty through traditional Maori uses and the more recent European influence to contemporary carving before finally looking at the special properties of the stone.

Pounamu is an interesting read, while showcasing the sheer beauty of this precious stone.

RRP $35.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

Author: McCall Smith, Alexander

One bright morning, Precious Ramotswe - head of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - receives a visitor: a woman from Australia. This woman asks Precious to take on a case: to find the nursemaid who raised her during her childhood in Botswana. The woman wants to thank her for being such an important part of her life. Precious has a history of successfully solving cases, but this one proves difficult and throws up a number of surprises and challenges.

Back in her office, next door to the Speedy Motors Garage on Twokleng Road, Precious also has a team to manage: Mr Polopetsi, a part-time science teacher and new assistant at the agency; she mentors Charlie, a former apprentice and young man too handsome and charming for his own good - a man who has gotten himself in deep water; and then there is Precious's tumultuous but heart-warming friendship with her co-director, the fiery Grace Makutsi. Precious and Grace is a story about being a detective, the complexities of human nature, as well as lessons about gratitude and obligation.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $37.99 paperback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Precious Metal
Classic fighters in New Zealand By Gavin Conroy

Author: Conroy, Gavin

New Zealand is extremely lucky that there are a wide range of airworthy WWII-era classic fighters remaining in the country, the subject of this superb new book of aviation photography.

Author Gavin Conroy has had unparalleled access to New Zealand's classic fighters, and specialises in close-up air-to-air photography, which captures so much of the character and appeal of these extraordinary machines.

The popularity of the fighter aircraft used in World War II is huge in New Zealand, as evidenced by the enormous crowds that turn up for events such as Warbirds over Wanaka, and it is certain that this book will find its way onto the bookshelves of the thousands of passionate Warbird enthusiasts.

Precious Metal in hardback with dust jacket by Gavin Conroy is available from all good bookstores or online from

RRP: $24.99
Publisher: Craig Potton Publishing

Primal Kitchen - by Sarah Dueweke

Author: Dueweke, Sarah

Wellington-based chef and primal eating enthusiast shares recipes for delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and energising snacks for sustained good health and weight control.

There have been other paleo/primal books but this probably the only primal book written for the New Zealand market and of course includes New Zealand ingredient measurements. This book is based on the Palaeolithic diet but with fewer restrictions on what you can eat so you can include even full fat dairy products in small quantities in many of the recipes.

Jam packed with delicious recipes, Primal Kitchen has an excellent pantry essentials section. There is also an explanation of the benefits of primal eating and how it can help with weight control and a useful sample meal plan.

Once you get your hands on a copy you will be very quickly hooked into learning about and experiencing this entirely natural way of eating.

RRP. $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Producing Videos: A Complete Guide by Martha Mollison

Author: Mollison, Martha

An extremely handy book for any media studies class or any student considering using video as part of a project, ‘Producing Videos’ has been considered the bible of video making and this is the third edition of this highly successful book. This edition has been fully revised and updated to cover developments in technology, promotion and distribution including online distribution.

This comprehensive, user friendly guide covers all aspects of video production from camera operation to digital postproduction techniques and even sample consent forms.

It is unlikely that students will have access to all the equipment mentioned in this book, but they will know how the professionals produce videos for television and movies, so they will be able to make the best use of the equipment they do have at their disposal. It also shows what you can do with little equipment or staff including how to make a community broadcast from a small room with little equipment.

In short Producing Videos is a must read for anyone interested in making videos. It tells them everything they could possibly want or need to know about shooting a video, whether they plan on working for television or just a keen amateur.

RRP $59.99
Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Promised Land

Author: Sydney, Grahame

Promised Land looks at Dunedin and the Dunstan goldfields during the Otago goldrush. Before gold was discovered in 1862, Central Otago was known as the ‘Wasteland’ and was home to no more than 40 or 50 pastoralists. However as soon as two prospectors announced that they had struck gold, this sparse, inhospitable region was suddenly transformed into a secular ‘promised land’. Many people, mostly men headed to the area in search of their fortunes . Unfortunately the majority were poorly equipped for the terrible hardships that lay ahead and didn’t find their fortune in the goldfields either. Their promised land became a land of broken dreams. While the individual miners might not have had as much success as they expected, the coffers of Dunedin and the province of Otago swelled.

Grahame Sydney is not only one of New Zealand’s major artists and an advocate of Central Otago, he is an author, and for this book he delves into the diaries of some of the gold prospectors in order to describe this pivotal period in central Otago’s history. He also concludes that Central Otago’s landscape is as much under threat of exploitation today.

Grahame’s book includes modern photographs as well as pictures from the period to show how little has changed to the landscape over the 147 years since the rush. His passion for this part of the country comes through in his writing. Unfortunitely the quality of some of the older photos could be better as they have obviously just been scanned and show cracks and signs of deterioration that could have been fixed prior to print.

This book provides an interesting read for anyone interested in the history of Central Otago, of New Zealand during the gold rush period or learning more about this picturesque, yet harsh part of the country.

RRP $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Puffin New Zealand Children's Treasury

Author: Puffin Publishing House

Featuring stories from well-renowned New Zealand authors such as Margaret Mahy, Lynley Dodd and Joy Cowley amongst other celebrated writers, this book is a must-have for any primary school library.

It's pages are completed by vivid and colourful imagery by artists such as Dick Frizzell, Lynley Dodd and other famous in New Zealand illustrators making it a highly enjoyable book for any younger child to look at whilst being read to by teacher or parent. A wonderful gift!

RRP: $45.00
Publisher: Penguin NZ

Quake: The big Canterbury earthquake of 2010 with photographs by David Wethey and text by Ian Stuart

Author: Wethey, David
Stuart, Ian

Christchurch Press photographer, Dave Wethey was amongst the first on the scene following the big quake in Christchurch on September 4th 2010. He captured the destruction it caused, the initial disbelief that an earthquake of such magnitude could happen in an area not previously known as being so close to a fault line and the amazement that no one lost their life during the quake and the days afterwards. . It is a pictorial exploration of the destruction, of people pulling together and of the huge effort taken to get the city and surrounding towns back on their feet.

Working with veteran reporter, Ian Stuart, Wethey has published this wonderful photographic record of the disaster and the days following it. This is not a definitive coverage and both admit that to do that would be impossible, as everyone in the region has their own stories (and often photos as well). This book does give those who weren’t in the region or city of Christchurch a view of what it was like though, and also gives people who were in the quake pictures of the places they might not have been allowed visit and see for themselves.

It is clear that Christchurch has a long way to go to rebuild, not to mention surrounding towns like Kaiapoi, and with aftershocks still making their presence felt, there will still be more stories to be told. Quake doesn’t attempt to explain how or why it happened, but instead presents a visual time capsule of a city changed forever in the most expensive natural disaster ever to hit this country.

This fascinating book filled with great photographs is a fantastic keepsake and a wonderful reminder of the force of nature. It will be a welcome addition to any school library or home. Many of the booksellers selling this book have also agreed to donate a percentage of the proceeds to the relief fund set up to help those most affected by the quake.

RRP $29.99
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers

Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

Author: Fremantle, Elizabeth

The court of Henry VIII is rife with intrigue, rivalries and romance and none are better placed to understand this than the women at its heart. Katherine Parr widowed for the second time aged thirty-one is obliged to return to court but suspicious of the aging king and those around him, she does so with reluctance.

When she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love, but her presence at court has attracted the attentions of another.

Captivated by her honesty and intelligence, Henry Tudor has his own plans for Katherine and no-one is in the position to refuse a proposal from the king. So with her charismatic lover dispatched to the continent, Katherine must accept the hand of the ailing, egotistical monarch and become Henry's sixth wife. But she has still not quite given up on love.

Queen's Gambit is a stunning historical tale capturing Tudor England and the power of a king even as he is dying. It is a tale of loyalty, passion and betrayal that sheds new light on Katherine Parr, Henry Tudor's sixth and last wife. It is a captivating novel with an intelligent, strong character at its centre and reveals a turbulent, treacherous time in England's history.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Quicksand by Henning Mankell

Author: Mankell, Henning

In January 2014 I was informed that I had cancer.

However, Quicksand is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. I have undertaken a journey from my childhood to the man I am today, writing about the key events in my life, and about the people who have given me new perspectives. About men and women I have never met, but wish I had.

I write about love and jealousy, about courage and fear. And about what it is like to live with a potentially fatal illness.

This book is also about why the cave painters 40,000 years ago chose the very darkest places for their fascinating pictures. And about the dreadful troll that we are trying to lock away inside the bedrock of a Swedish mountain for the next 100,000 years.

It is a book about how humanity has lived and continues to live, and about how I have lived and continue to live my own life.

And, not least, about the great zest for life, which came back when I managed to drag myself out of the quicksand that threatened to suck me down into the abyss.
Adult Biography
Publisher: Harvill Secker

Quiet Power: Growing up as an introvert in a World that can't stop talking by Susan Cain

Author: Cain, Susan

Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation with Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. She inspired millions of people, and permanently changed the way we see introverts - and the way introverts see themselves. Now she takes the Quiet Revolution to a younger audience.
Childhood, adolescence and your early twenties are times wrought with insecurity and self-doubt. Your search for your place in the world can seem daunting. Focusing on the strengths and challenges of being introverted, Quiet Power is full of examples from school, family life and friendship, applying the breakthrough discoveries of Quiet to readers that so badly need them.

This insightful, accessible and empowering book is eye-opening to extroverts and introverts alike. Unlock your hidden superpower and give yourself the tools to make a mark - in your own quiet way.

Reading Age: 12 years to Adult
RRP: Paperback $37.00

Quin Majik and the Tidy Secret Catastrophe by Fleur Beale with illustrations by Philip Webb

Author: Beale, Fleur

Quin Majik is a young boy who loves to invent things and take things apart to be used in a new way, it is therefore not very surprising that he is not well liked in the ultra conservative Tidy Street, where he lives. It is a fictional street that would make the most boring of households look interesting, as girls are only allowed to play with dolls and boys are only allowed to play tiddlywinks. Tiddlywinks –how boring is that?

One of the residents of the street starts a petition to get the Majik family removed because they are such a bad influence and Quin’s response is to come up with a scheme to liberate the Tidy Street children from their boredom. That mightn’t really tackle the problem at hand, but at least Quin and his friend Fred will have some fun.

This book may not be any literary great but it is a humorous book with short chapters and a flow to it that almost make the chapters superfluous. In its own way it also makes fun of the way political correctness constrains freedoms.

Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Race (The) by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

Author: Cussler, Clive
Scott, Justin

The Race is the latest Isaac Bell adventure. Set in 1910, with the age of flying machines still in its infancy, a newspaper publisher is offering a $50,000 prize for the first aviator to cross America in fewer than fifty days. He is even sponsoring on e of the key candidates, the daring aviatrix Josephine Frost. She does have some problems however, and not all are associated with flying.

Frost's violent tempered husband her lover and tried to kill her once, he is bound to try again. It sounds like a case for Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn Detective Agency, especially since Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before.

Harry Frost is a man not to be taken lightly. He has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers and thugs in every city across the country. A man like that won't just want to kill his wife but the publisher, Preston Whiteway as well. Once he knows Bell is on the case, Bell is a target too.

Bell knows this, but still has no idea of what he has got himself into this time. Things are not quite what they seem, and the intricate web could prove fatal.

The race is the fourth Isaac Bell novel. They all feature an intricate plot, plenty of adventure and of course some great twists. The Race is a classic story of heroes and villains set against the dangerous, yet almost romantic world of flying machines. It is a book Clive Cussler and Isaac Bell fans will see flying off the shelves.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Rafe`s Aussie Adventure - By James Patterson

Author: Patterson, James

Another misadventure from the Middle School saga by No 1 best-selling author James Patterson and hilariously illustrated by Martin Chatterton which will get the non-readers learning to read at pace. Written in the first person this hilarious book comes with warning signs which immediately makes the reader want to open the book and not put it down until Rafe`s ( aka The Great Dreamer` Khatchadorian) chance of a lifetime trip to Aussieland comes to a side splitting conclusion.

RRP: $NZ18.99
Ages 10 to 15
Publisher: Arrow and Penguin Random House NZ

Rainbow Magic: Alexandria The Royal Baby Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Author: Meadows, Daisy

Once again the Rainbow Magic series has combined topical news with a mystical world to create another exciting story in the popular series.

In this particular book, the whole of Fairyland is very excitied at the eminent arrival of the new royal baby, but there is a problem. When Foster, the stalk fails to deliver the new bundle of joy, Alexandra the Royal Baby Fairy asks human friends Rachel and Kirsty for their help once again drawing them into the magical world of fairies.

Could Jack Frost be up to his nasty tricks again? And how can the girls and fairies return the baby to Prince Arthur and Princess Grace? Once again Rachel and Kirsty are caught in an exciting adventure as they try to help their fairy friends.

Any young girl who loves the series, books on fairies or royal babies will enjoy this instalment.

RRP $12.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Orchard title

Rainbow Magic: Elizabeth The Jubilee Fairy by Daisy Meadow

Author: Meadow, Daisy

Once again the Rainbow Magic series delivers a topical fairy book to relate to topical events. This time the subject is the Queen's Jubilee, and the fairy that Kirsty and Rachel help is Elizabeth, the Jubilee Fairy.

Jack Frost has been up to his evil work again, stealing Elizabeth's Diamond Sceptre. Elizabeth is charged with making every jubilee, human or fairy, perfect, and she needs her sceptre to achieve this task. Now both fairy and human celebrations are headed for disaster.

Can Kirsty, Rachel and Elizabeth recover the sceptre so kings and queens can again celebrate in style?

RRP $12.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Orchard title

Rainbow Magic: Fizz the Fireworks Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Author: Meadows, Daisy

Kristy and Rachel are delighted to be going to the Sundown Village fireworks festival.

But when Jack Frost steals Fizz the Fireworks Fairy's magical objects, it looks like the show will fizzle out before it's begun!

Can Kristy and Rachel help get them back and return the sparkle to Sundown.

Reading Age: 6 to 10 years
RRP: $16.99 paperback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Rainbow Magic: Olympia The Games Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Author: Meadow, Daisy

With the Olympic Games starting in July, this Rainbow Magic edition offers a timely and topical subject.

Friends, Kirsty and Rachel go with Rachel's parents to a triathlon and are wondering if they will see their magical fairy friends during the summer holidays when something unexpected happens. The race starts with the swimming leg, but halfway through the leg, half of the swimmers start heading back while the others just swim around in circles. What has gone wrong?

When Jack Frost steals three magical objects belonging to Olympia, the Games Fairy, sporting events in both the fairy and human worlds start to go haywire. Once again it is up to Rachel and Kirsty to help the fairy retrieve her magical objects.

As with the other books in the series, Olympia the Games Fairy is an entertaining read for young girls, mixing humour, intrigue and some delightful black and white pictures. It is sure to be a popular edition.

RRP: $16.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Orchard title

Rangatira by Paula Morris

Author: Morris, Paula

Rangatira is based on Paula's ancestor Paratene Te Manu, and is her most personal project yet.

Ngati Wai Chief Paratene Te Manu spends long sessions over three long days, having his portrait painted by the bohemian painter, Gottfried Lindauer. Hearing of Lindauer's planned trip to England reminds him of his own journey there with a party of fourteen northern rangatira, twenty years earlier.

As he sits for the painting he reminisces on the trip and retreats further into the past, from the triumphs in London and their meeting with royalty to the disintegration of the visit into poverty, mistrust and humiliation.

It tells of the expectations of the visit, the things people wanted to hear about, but also of the things that people weren't to know about, like the way the Rangatira were obliged to put on a show, the way they were forced to stay much longer than they wished and how they signed a paper without reading it properly, which made all this happen.

Paula Morris was born in Auckland and is the author of three previous adult novels as well as two young adult novels and a collection of short stories. Extensive research has gone into writing Rangatira and her passion for the project shows in the authentic nature of this novel. It is an accessible and captivating read that touches on the difficult cultural dynamics of New Zealand's post-colonial history.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Ranger's Apprentice The Early Years 1: The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan

Author: Flanagan, John

Book Setting: Kingdom of Araluen.

Before they became the most famous Ranger in the land and the hard-working Ranger Commandant, Halt and Crowley were young friends determined to change the world.

The scheming Baron Morgarath is drawing other power-hungry knights and barons to his banner. King Oswald is wasting away and, if gossip can be believed, Prince Duncan is causing havoc in the north.

Halt and Crowley set out to find the prince, uncover the truth, and re-form the weakened Ranger Corps. Once-loyal Rangers are scattered across the country, and it will take determination, skill, and leadership if they're to come together as one. Can the Rangers regain the trust of the Kingdom, or will the cunning Morgarath outwit them at every turn?

Teens & Young Adults
Publisher: Random House Australia

Ranger’s Apprentice – The Early Years – The Battle of Hackham Heath by John Flanaghan

Author: Flanaghan, John

When Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen. But the Rangers know Morgarath will be planning his next move. King Duncan must prepare for war.

Halt volunteers for a seemingly impossible task – climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night and venturing deep into enemy territory to spy on Morgarath. Meanwhile, Crowley must ensure the Queen’s safety as she undertakes her own perilous journey for the sake of her unborn child.

Morgarath’s force of savage, inhuman Wargals seems unstoppable against Duncan’s depleted army. One wrong move could mean defeat. At the Battle of Hackham Heath, the fate of a Kingdom will be decided.

Reading Age: 13 to 18 years
RRP: $23.00 paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reach by Hugh Brown

Author: Brown, Hugh

Reach is a tender coming of age story about Will Clark, a loveable character who considers himself to be a socially inept bookworm. But who also enjoys cross country running and taekwondo.

Unexpectedly though he is in for a very eventful time. After a five-year absence, his mother has returned from overseas, he has to partake in his first full-contact taekwondo fight and the gorgeous comic reading Conway Jones has asked him to be her maths tutor.

These changes to his life will cause Will to reassess himself and enable him to reach towards his dreams.

Reach is in parts amusing, and overall a very entertaining story about a boy becoming a man and having various challenges thrown at him along the way. It is a solid first novel by Hugh Brown, the inaugural winner of the Tessa Duder Award Fiction for Young Adult Fiction.

RRP $22.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Reached by Ally Condie

Author: Condie, Ally

The final chapter in the saga that started with Matched has arrived. After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising-and each other-Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this conclusion, Cassia must reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honouring a love she cannot live without. Most of all she must fight for the power to choose.

I found good and bad points about this novel, as I have for the rest of the series. Without trying to give too much away, it seemed from the outset like this novel would be about changing society from one where everything is dictated to one where people have a chance to choose their own paths, however the writer seemed to focus more on the love story aspect and try a method popular at present with teen love stories, to get readers to side with one or other lead male or team.

Throughout the series Ally Condie has really taken a long time to get to the main plot, and readers might feel they have been on a long winding road through the mountains when the motorway along the coast would have been just as scenic but had them at their destination in half the time. At least now readers get to the main plot of the story and some action, although it is at the pace and style of the rest of the series.

Unfortunately with the team approach, there will also be disappointed fans at the end of the book.

However there is some tying up of loose ends and some unexpected surprises in this book. Condie also still takes the opportunity to give three different versions of the story, which adds to the interest. Unfortunately, for me though, the series was a bit to poetic and peaceful to be about revolution, has characters that are hard to connect with and is not really that romantic for a romance. Also the main characters don't really evolve and I feel that the promise that Matched contained was never really fulfilled in the other two books.

RRP $26.00
Publisher: Penguin group under the Razorbill title

Rebecca and the Queen of Nations by Deborah Burnside

Author: Burnside, Deborah

It is 1874 Ireland. Ten year old Rebecca Kelly's mother dies leaving her and her two younger brothers and sister face a cruel life in the Derry Workhouse. One night Rebecca escapes from the Workhouse and travels sixty challenging miles to Belfast to locate her older brother Felix who is a sailor on the ship The Queen of Nations. Rebecca convinces Felix to allow her to board the ship bound for New Zealand. Rebecca's plan is to settle in New Zealand then return to Ireland, and re-settle her siblings in New Zealand.

What lies ahead will surely be the adventure of a lifetime. Will Rebecca ever be reunited with her younger brothers and sister? Just what does the future hold for Rebecca and her family?

RRP $14.99
Publisher: Puffin Books

Red Rain by R L Stine

Author: Stine, R L

R L Stine defined horror for a generation of young readers with his Goosebumps and Fear Street series. Now he is back with another chilling horror, this time aimed at adult audiences.

In Red Rain, travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, in the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely manages to escape with her life. In the storm's aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them.

Back in Long Island, the two boys, Samuel and Daniel seem amiable and immensely grateful. However Lea's husband and her two children are not so pleased. They sense something is not quite right about the twins and their innocent, oddly old-fashioned ways.

Even they can't predict however, the true nature of the twins and the accidents that start almost as soon as the wins arrive. As more grisly and suspicious events take place, the boys true origins, and their evil intentions become terrifyingly clear.

Red Rain is a good, old-fashioned horror that will have readers gripped until the very end. It is a book that you will want to read with the lights on, once you have made sure all your doors and windows are locked. It is not light bedtime reading, and R L Stine has proven that he can slide effortlessly from writing a chilling children's book, to a dark, haunting adult novel.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: Random House under the Doubleday title

Reel Life: Adventures in Travel Fishing by Sam Mossman

Author: Mossman, Sam

Sam Mossman has been on a lifelong fishing adventure and through this book he takes readers on many memorable fishing journeys around New Zealand and the world.

Sam Mossman is a fisherman with over fifty years experience. He has wet line fished in most New Zealand waters and in many other parts of the world. He has also pursued some of the most outrageous finned species in both freshwater and seawater. He really is a man who has been there and done that. He has even held six world records.

Reel Life is a collection of stories packed with adventure, information, humour, local colour and exciting fishing experiences. This is not a how to guide for catching fish, but an interesting collection of one man's fishing tales backed up with the proof of some stunning black and white plus colour photographs. It is an excellent book for those who enjoy tales of fishing adventures or who would like to try travel fishing themselves.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Reflections Of A Solitary Hamster by Astrid Desbordes with illustrations by Pauline Martin

Author: Desbordes, Astrid

Astrid Desbordes and Pauline Martine bring to life a forest filled with friendship through an enchanting series of comic strips. The book centres on Hamster, who is a star in his own mind and who thinks is the most important animal in the forest, perhaps the world. He is annoyingly selfish and bad mannered, yet his friends love him warts and all. Maybe if he took some time to look around him instead of being so self centred, he would find out what true friendship was all about.

This is a book for all ages, with thought provoking themes of friendship, sharing and giving. It is a humorous take on Jean-Jaques Rousseau’s ‘Reveries of a Solitary Walker’. Astrid Desbordes has previously written books on philosophy and religion for adults but this is her first book for children. With her background, it is understandable that this book is philosophical, but it also is ironic and funny, making it a very entertaining read for young and old.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Regions of New Zealand: an easy guide by Peter Dowling

Author: Dowling, Peter

Where are the regions of New Zealand? How did they develop? What makes them special and cool to visit?
Through maps, photos, fact boxes and simple text, Regions of New Zealand takes readers on a tour from Northland to Southland, Tokelau to Antarctica - with fascinating insights into the special features, facts and characters of our distinctive regions.

Each region features in a spread of the book, with a colour map showing towns and features, summary text, photos illustrating key locations and tourist destinations, fact boxes and key info. In addition are sections on Maori regional relationships, early provincial divisions, outlying territories and study links.

Reading Age: 9 years to Adult.
RRP: NZ$29.99
Publisher: Oratia Books

Remembering Christchurch

Author: Parr, Alison

What remains when a city vanishes?

Remembering Christchurch captures the human heritage that survives the devastation of the Canterbury earthquakes. In evocative interviews, older citizens share their precious memories, bringing Christchurch back to life — from familiar streets, shops and churches to pubs, tearooms and dance halls; from movie theatres and pie carts in the Square to milkshakes at the Dainty Inn on High Street. There are tales of cherished homes in red-zoned suburbs such as Dallington, and of earlier trips through the tunnel to the port of Lyttelton.

Woven through these stories, a social history of Christchurch emerges, exposing shifting attitudes to class, race, religion, sex and the place of women.

Vivid and revealing, these rich memories create a lasting legacy for a much-loved city.

Adult Non Fiction
Author: Alison Parr
Publisher: Penguin Random House NZ

Rent a Bridesmaids

Author: Wilson ,Jacqueline

A fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling author of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and Katy. Full of beautiful illustrations by much-loved illustrator, Nick Sharratt.

Tilly can’t believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. In Tilly’s favourite daydream, she’s kitted out in the most beautiful bridesmaid dress, walking down the aisle behind a beautiful bride. The one wedding she’d really like to attend is her own mum and dad’s. But as that’s never going to happen, it’s time for Tilly to make her own dream come true – and put her bridesmaid services up for hire..

Reading Age: 8 -13
RRP: $35.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House (NZ)

Rice And Risotto by Belinda Nagy

Author: Nagy, Belinda

Rice is one of the world's great staples and its consumption has changes significantly in recent decades with a more global cuisine. It is a versatile food that can prove the basis of dishes as varied as Pork Fried Rice, Italian risotto, Spanish Paella, soups and desserts. This book covers them all, plus tips on how to cook the basic white rice.

Amongst classic dishes, readers will find contemporary dishes and a number of new ideas to tempt the taste buds.

Recipes are presented with large full page photographs of each dish and laid out in an easy-to-follow manner including a step-by-step approach to the method. If you can overlook the spelling mistake in the introduction, this book can provide cooks with inspiring new dishes they may not be familiar with, while also providing method and instructions to cook old favourites expertly.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: New Holland

Richard Scarry's The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

Author: Scarry, Richard

Mr Frumble is filled with Christmas cheer and the desire to do good. His good deeds have a tendency to turn into disaster though as he is very clumsy. The citizens of Busytown have had enough, so he thinks of someone who must be grateful for a little more help at Christmas, Santa Bear!

Due to Mr Frimble’s antics, Santa Bear has set off to make his deliveries a night too early and is stuck down a chimney (Mr Frimble’s chimney as it happens). Will Christmas be ruined or can Mr Frimble actually be useful for once and save the day.

This hilarious story uses wonderful cartoon style images to show the full story of Mr Frimble’s bumbling. It is a charming story that young children will enjoy again and again.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen

Author: Gruen, Sara

As a world class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal, but then at eighteen, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career along with Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. After her accident, she married Roger to avoid ever being asked to ride again.

Now, twenty years later, Annemarie is coming home to her dying father’s New Hampshire horse farm. Jobless and abandoned since one terrible day only two weeks before she heard the news of her father, she heads home with her troubled teenage daughter, Eva. She finds the place holds many ghosts of her unresolved youth and painful memories of her past.

While there, Annemarie also finds changes in both the place and in her own life. She finds hope in the eyes of the handsome, gentle veterinarian she loved as a girl, and then there is the seductive allure of a French trainer with a magic touch.

Just when her world seems to be starting to come together, it has the potential to come once again crashing down as she has a glimpse of a white striped gelding similar to Harry, and an obsession is born that not only threatens her new life but could shatter her fragile world.

It is an emotion packed novel about a woman trying to rebuild her life after everything is taken away, trying to deal with a difficult teenager and once again finding passion in her life. Readers will also note that Annemarie’s relationship with her mother mirrors that with her daughter. She is also forced to confront the fact that she is still mourning the death of her horse and it is time to move on.

RRP $26.99
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers under the Harper title

Rivals: Sport's Greatest Battles by Phil Gifford

Author: Gifford, Phil

Have you ever wondered how long Canterbury and Auckland have been rivals on the Rugby field? Or when and how the bitter cricket rivalry between New Zealand and Australia began? Maybe you would like to know what occurred between Formula One racing drivers Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Well this book will give you all the inside information and facts about some of the greatest rivalries in world sport.

With Phil's encyclopaedic knowledge of all things sporting and entertaining writing style, Rivals is a very readable and enjoyable behind the scenes look at what has produced some legendary match-ups and enduring battles.

In fiction, rivalries are often written about as a good topic of drama, providing an antagonist, suspense and action. However some of these true-life stories prove to be more enthralling and fierce than fiction. Rivals is a compelling book for all sports fans.

RRP $39.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

River of Destiny by Barbara Erskine

Author: Erskine, Barbara

On the banks of the River Deben in Suffolk lies a set of barns dating back to the Anglo Saxons, and within their walls secrets have laid buried for centuries. Zoe and Ken move into one of the converted barns hoping to start a new life away from the busy life in the city. All is not idyllic however and they are growing more distant by the day, a situation not helped by the presence Zoe feels in the home nor the ghostly shapes she sees through the mist by the river.

Whilst farmers are ploughing the land surrounding the barns, sets of human bones are found and when the police arrive it becomes clear that the bones are much older than first suspected. Could they be linked to the Victorian tragedy the locals whisper about and what secrets does the grassy mound that has lain untouched for centuries hold?

In this novel, Barbara has carefully woven the story through three different time frames. All three are linked by evil and ancient magic. There are a lot of characters, and the story does not seem as ‘ghostly’ as some of Erskine’s other work, but it will still captivate readers, transport them to Suffolk and have them gripped in a tale of romance and the supernatural. Erskine fans might find this a bit more romance than thriller though with so many illicit love affairs it can be hard to keep track of. The main characters also appear to be a bit shallow and the story may be found to be a bit predictable.

RRP $34.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Riverstone Kitchen: Simple by Bevan Smith

Author: Smith, Bevan

Riverstone Kitchen was the Supreme Winner in Cuisine magazine's New Zealand Restaurant of the Year 2010 and joint winner in their class in 2011. It has a reputation for simple, elegant and tasty food cooked with seasonal ingredients. This simplicity is reflected in each recipe in this book.

This is the second book from Riverstone Kitchen and is full of mouth-watering recipes that are easy to prepare. This book is not just about preparing restaurant quality food however, and there are simple growing tips to help the home gardener to grow the freshest quality ingredients to use in these recipes.

Accompanied by inspiring images, the recipes in this book help home cooks prepare delicious restaurant quality food at home with simple instructions and using fresh ingredients. The book starts with an ingredients guide and kitchen essentials before covering dishes mealtime by mealtime from breakfast to sweets. There is also a handy section on everyday basics, making this an excellent recipe book for those who care about delicious food using fresh ingredients.

RRP $44.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

RM: Elsa the Mistletoe Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Author: Meadows, Daisy

Kirsty and Rachel are very excited to be spending Christmas together.

But when Jack Frost steals Elsa the Mistletoe Fairy's magical objects, the festive season in both the human and fairy worlds is at risk!

Can the girls help get Elsa's objects back before the magic of Christmas is ruined for ever?

Reading Age: 7 - 10 years
RRP: $16.99 paperback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Robby and Hoot by Joy Cowley with illustrations by Phillip Fickling

Author: Cowley, Joy

This book starts with a robotic teacher telling a class of robots a story of enduring friendship, the story of Robby and Hoot. Robby the robot had lost one of his toes but he was an old model, so the shops didn't stock toes like his anymore.

He was therefore sent to a junkyard, where his hunt for a toe turned into a rescue mission, when he saw a brave blue car trying to avoid being crushed and turned into scrap. The two work together and freedom is in sight, but when the junkyard gates are closed, can the pair avoid the crusher, a swarm of security drones and a crane.

The story is told with a charming rhyme, and detailed, imaginative illustrations, which will particularly capture the interest of young boys who love machinery. The book comes with pop-out shapes and shows how friends help each other with their problems. There are also plenty of twists to hold a young reader's interest.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson

Author: Wilson, Daniel H

Robopocalypse is set in the near future, when at a co-ordinated moment that goes un-noticed by humans, all the technology that runs our world suddenly and spontaneously malfunctions. It unites and turns against its creators, us.

A massively powerful artificial intelligence called Archos has been created and cannot be contained. Humanity has no idea when it starts to take over our cars, power grids, aircraft guidance systems, and computer networks, but soon it has control over the entire global system that runs our lives.

In the early months, only a handful of technological glitches are noticed by humans across the globe. A US congresswoman senses a menacing new awareness in her daughter's 'smart doll', a lonely inventor is victimised by his domestic robot companion, an American soldier in Afghanistan witnesses the violent meltdown of a military pacification unit and a hacker in London unwittingly accesses a hidden network putting him face to face with a merciless digital entity.

This digital, futuristic, sci-fi thriller has readers contemplating where our new technologies are leading us, as they embark on an edge of their seat ride that will see humankind both decimated and unified. Can humans stop the monsters they have created though? This is a thrilling read, and just watch for the movie to be made.

RRP $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Simon and Schuster title

Rock War: 2: Boot Camp

Author: Muchamore, Robert

Jay, Summer, Dylan and their bands are headed for boot camp at uber-glamorous Rock War Manor. It's going to be six weeks of mates, music and non-stop partying as they prepare for stardom.

But the rock-star life of music festivals and glitzy premieres isn't all it's cracked up to be. Can the bands hold it together long enough to make it through the last stage of the competition, or will there be meltdown?

The second title in the explosive new series from international bestseller, Robert Muchamore.

Teen Fiction
RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Roly the Anzac Donkey by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper

Author: Harper, Glyn
Cooper, Jenny

A book Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the ANZACs.

Hello. My name is Roly. I'm a donkey. Let me tell you about the time during the First World War when I worked at a place called Gallipoli and I met a man from New Zealand who was very special...

Based on real people and events, this is the heart warming story of Richard Alexander Henderson, a soldier in the New Zealand Medical Corps and the donkey he discovers hungry and wandering on a Gallipoli road. Richard and Roly form a strong friendship and working together, they courageously save the lives of many wounded soldiers.

But now the army has received top-secret orders to quickly leave Gallipoli. All the donkeys must be left behind. Richard is heartbroken. What will become of his dear friend Roly?

Roly the Anzac Donkey is the moving retelling of Glyn Harper's 2004 story The Donkey Man, reinvigorated for a new generation of children with Jenny Cooper's beautiful Illustrations.

Reading age 7 – 9 years and an interesting recount of real-life events for older readers.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Penguin

Rose And The Silver Ghost by Holly Webb

Author: Webb, Holly

Time has flown since rose left the orphanage. She loves her new life as a housemaid and a magical apprentice, but still she can't help wondering what happened to her real family and if they were full of magic like her.

Then Rose discovers a clue to the mystery. It is a silver mirror that used to belong to her mother, a mirror with its very own ghost. The ghost tries to help her solve the mystery, but only succeeds in leading Rose and her friends into terrible danger.

Rose And The Silver Ghost is the fourth book in the series about the magical orphan. It keeps the blend of magic, peril and excitement that has made the series so popular with readers.

Rose, herself is a delightful character she combines down-to-earth qualities with a mysterious past and the ability to do magic. Her path is fraught with danger and peril plus a desire to find out what happened to her mother more than a decade ago. Rose isn't the only character with depth though, which is one reason why this series is so captivating. One of her friends, Bella, for instance is unruly and is attracted to the dark side. Her magic is inclined to throw tantrums too.

These things combine with some scary edge of the seat moments to make a thrilling read for those over 9 who can endure the occasional shiver of fear and love a good magical adventure.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Hachette NZs

ROSKILL by Neil Coleman

Author: Coleman, Neil

A powerful book about the issues a family faces when due to their father's redundancy they leave their Christchurch home to make a new life in Auckland. New to the city and it's unique stresses one of the parents becomes involved in the drug culture of 'P' and each member of this displaced family finds his or her own way of coping.

Both disturbing and hopeful, ROSKILL shows how the scourge of 'P' damages lives and draws innocent families into its web. Written by a school counsellor, the book will prompt much needed discussion about this disturbing and all too common issue.

R.R.P. $29.99
Publisher: Neil Coleman and edited by Stephen Stratford

Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child

Author: Child, Lauren

Ruby Redfort is a thirteen-year-old girl like no other. She is a genius code cracker, a daring detective and a gadget laden special agent. She is an intelligent girl who has been working on being a detective since she was just two. Ruby also has a weird dress sense, a bookcase arranged like a library and a massive number of yellow notebooks.

When an anonymous caller sets Ruby a challenge, it is not long before she finds herself at the headquarters of the most secret of secret agencies, SPECTRUM. Ruby also finds it easy to get into all sorts of tricky situations with evil villains, but always remains cool. And with her trusty butler, Hitch to help her, Ruby is on the case.

Ruby Redfort might already be the favourite hero of another of Lauren Child's creations, Clarice Bean, but for the rest of us she needs a bit of explanation and introduction. This novel introduces readers to a quirky, intelligent and interesting thirteen year old. The story is also told with good humour and is entertaining. It shows readers that sometimes weird is not necessarily a bad thing. While Ruby shows that intelligence is a great tool, and is a character easy to like she is not exactly easy to relate to as she takes weird and nerd to extremes. The result though is a funny and entertaining source of escapism.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Rudyard Kipling: Three Kipling classics complete and unabridged by Rudyard Kipling

Author: Kipling, Rudyard

Rudyard is an author who needs no introduction, primarily thanks to his very popular book, ‘The Jungle Book’. This omnibus contains both Jungle book volumes plus his other Indian classic, Kim. Each is Kipling’s complete and uncut story, showing his ability for telling, enthralling, entertaining and timeless stories.

In the story of Kim, Kipling draws on his own childhood memories and the people he encountered in India when he was young. The Wonder House described in the early pages of Kim is actually the Lahore Museum, where his father was appointed as curator and the ‘Sahib with a white beard is actually his father. His stories are thought provoking and sometimes questioning of aspects of our society.

The introduction contained in this book is as much about dispelling the myths around Kipling as it is about introducing the stories, both of which are done very well. It gives the reader great insight into the author, his life and background as well as the ideas for these books and some of the hidden messages contained in them.

The Jungle Books are collections of stories including the adventures of the ‘man cub’, Mowgli who was raised by wolves in the jungle and is befriended by other creatures including a bear. The books also tell other stories like that one about ‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’ the mongoose who battles with cobras to save a human family and the one (Servants of the Queen) which sees animal soldiers talking about their roles in battle. The Second Jungle Book in particular though follows Mowgli’s story and various adventures which see him finding a king’s treasure, being banished from a human village and tempted to leave the jungle forever.

Kim tells the story of the son of an Irish soldier who graduates from being a beggar in the streets of Lahore to becoming one of the most important secret agents in India.

RRP $35.00
Publisher: Allen and Unwin under the Crows Nest title

Runemarks by Joanne M. Harris

Author: Harris , Joanne M.

It's been five hundred years since the end of the world and society has rebuilt itself anew. The old Norse gods are no longer revered. Their tales have been banned. Magic is outlawed, and a new religion - The Order - has taken its place.

In a remote valley in the north, fourteen-year-old Maddy Smith is shunned for the ruinmarks on her hand - a sign associated with the Bad Old Days. But what the villagers don't know is that Maddy has skills. According to One-eye, the secretive Outlander who is Maddy's only real friend, her ruinmarks - or runemarks, as he calls it - is a sign of Chaos blood, magical powers and gods know what else...

Now, as the Order moves further north, threatening all the Worlds with conquest and Cleansing, Maddy must finally learn the truth to some unanswered questions about herself, her parentage, and her powers.

Reading Age: 13 to Young Adult
RRP: $34.99 paperback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Running Like China

Author: Hardcastle, Sophie

A memoir of a life interrupted by madness
'When I was eleven years old Mum told me, "One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name." Even before I heard these words I was always a child who crammed intense joy into tiny pockets of time.'

One day Sophie Hardcastle realised the joy she'd always known had disappeared. She was constantly tired, with no energy, no motivation and no sense of enjoyment for surfing, friends, conversations, movies, parties, family - for anything. Her hours became empty. And then, the month before she turned seventeen, that emptiness filled with an intense, unbearable sadness that made her scream and tear at her skin. Misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue, then major depression, then temporal lobe epilepsy, she was finally told - three years, two suicide attempts and five hospital admissions later - that she had Bipolar 1 Disorder.

In this honest and beautifully told memoir, Sophie lays bare her story of mental illness - of a teenage girl using drugs, alcohol and sex in an attempt to fix herself; of her family's anguish and her loss of self. It is a brave and hopeful story of adaptation, learning to accept and of ultimately realising that no matter how deep you have sunk, the surface is always within reach.

RUNNING LIKE CHINA shatters the silence and smashes the taboos around mental illness. It is an unforgettable story.

Type: Teenage Non-Fiction
Author: Sophie Hardcastle
RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Running Man by Charlie Engle

Author: Engle, Charlie

The incredible memoir on which the documentary Running the Sahara, Produced and narrated by Matt Damon was based comes Running Man.

After a decade-long addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, Charlie Engle hit rock bottom after a near-fatal six-day binge ended in a hail of bullets. Then he found running, and it has helped keep him sober, focused and alive. He began to take on the most extreme endurance races, such as the 155-mile Gobi March, and developed a reputation as an inspirational speaker. However, after he made the documentary Running the Sahara, narrated by Matt Damon, which followed him on a 4500-mile crossing of the desert and helped raise $6 million, he was sent to prison after failing to complete his mortgage application properly.

It was while he was in jail that he became known as 'The Running Man' as he pounded the prison yard, and soon his fellow inmates were joining him, finding new hope through running. Now, in his brilliantly written and powerful account, Engle tells the story of his life and how running has brought him so much pleasure and peace. Like such classics as Born to Runor Running with the Kenyans, this is a book that anyone who has ever found solace in the freedom of running will enjoy.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $38.99 Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Morpurgo, Michael

When 10 year old Will’s Father dies in the Iraq war, his mother surprises Will with a trip to Indonesia. She sees it as a chance for them to put things behind them, but she doesn’t know what awaits them and what dangers are ahead.

The first that Will knows of anything being wrong is when Oona, the elephant he is riding along the beach begins to be spooked by something. Then, suddenly, the elephant takes off into the jungle, with him still on her back. It is only then, that Will sees the Tsunami wave. With his mother almost certainly drowned and a huge wave hitting the island, Will has nothing to cling to but the elephant, and all this happens by the end of chapter two.

But Oona doesn’t stop running when the tsunami leaves, taking him further into the strange jungle. He has nothing to help him but the clothes on his back and faces a terrifying future unless Oona and the jungle can somehow help him.

Will learns to survive, finding food and shelter under Oona’s guidance, then later helps a group of orphaned infant orang-utans, whose mothers have been shot by hunters.

In a way Running Wild seems to be a combination of the reported story of the boy who survived the Boxing Day Tsunami when the elephant he was on ran away, sensing danger and a modern take of Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. There is even a villain reminiscent of the ones found in Ian Fleming’s books. Behind this exciting adventure and story of friendship between a boy and animals of the Indonesian jungle is the message of how human greed is destroying these jungles. It is part epic adventure and part plea for threatened environments, making it an interesting and exciting read for children and adults alike.

RRP $22.99
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers

Russell's Christmas Magic by Rob Scotton

Author: Scotton, Rob

Russell’s Christmas Magic brings everyone’s favourite woolly sheep back in an unexpected tale of Christmas. It starts with something that is seemingly wonderful, a shooting star, but turns out to be disaster. It wasn’t a shooting star but Santa who has crashed his sleigh in Firefly Wood, potentially ruining Christmas. Can Russell save the day and weave a little magic of his own?

The humorous, engaging story, bold colourful pictures and interesting characters make this book a delightful read. It is just right to give a little magic to those small children awaiting Santa’s arrival

RRP $18.50
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Rusty to the Rescue by Robert Findlay

Author: Findlay, Robert

Two young boys compete to determine whose yacht is faster, leading to near disaster in the colorful new children’s book by Robert Findlay, "Rusty to the Rescue".

As a child, Findlay heard a story of yachts capsized on an island off the coast of New Zealand. Based on that story and Findlay’s own family pet, "Rusty to the Rescue" tells an exciting tale of adventure and heroics. Joe and Ben are so eager to race their yachts that they forget to check the weather report or the tide times and take off on a race around Flat Island. The storm that comes up catches them by surprise, capsizing their boats and stranding them on the uninhabited island.

Rescue attempts are made to no avail until two boys – the Finn Boys – and their trusty dog Rusty arrive on the scene. The tide is low and the local Volunteer Fire Brigade can’t get their boat in the water, so they enlist the Finn boys’ help, but Rusty turns out to be the real hero of the day. Readers ride the tide with Joe, Ben, the Finn boys and Rusty in this exhilarating and original adventure story.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: Authorhouse

Sacrifice by Joanna Orwin

Author: Orwin, Joanna

After major volcanic eruptions and tsunamis around the Pacific Rim, life as we know it has been destroyed. The descendants of the few survivors are struggling to maintain their fragile communities in the swamplands at the far northern end of New Zealand. The real hope for the future lies with the Travellers, ten youths selected to travel into the devastated mainland in search of food and other survivors. Every five years, new Travellers are selected, and so far none have made it back.

At this choosing, things are different however. Ominous changes in the sky and falling food sources make the search more dire than ever. Five of the Travellers are sent on an even more treacherous journey. What will the five Travellers find, what sacrifices will they have to make, and could one of them, Taka, have a special role to play?

Written by the author of Collision, Sacrifice introduces the concept of an apocalyptic New Zealand. A land not devastated by war or human sources but by natural disasters. It is an absorbing and thought provoking adventure set in an unfamiliar future.

As with Collision, Joanna Orwin researched the premises of this book to ensure they are plausible, giving the book a touch of reality. It is interesting though that the society she envisages though seems similar in both features and structure to a pre-European Polynesian society, even with their beliefs and religious concepts, making it just as believable if set 500 years ago as in the future.

RRP $26.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

SAFE by Chris Ryan

Author: Ryan, Chris

How to stay safe in a dangerous world: Survival techniques for everyday life from an SAS hero.
In SAFE, Chris Ryan has compiled all the personal security expertise he acquired during his time serving with the Regiment - he was awarded the military medal for his quick-thinking and survival instincts. He reveals the skills that kept him safe working undercover in Northern Ireland, on the dangerous streets of central Africa and in the war zones of the Middle East. He explains how civilians can employ these techniques to keep themselves:

Safe on the streets and in their vehicles
Safe in a fight or in the midst of a terror incident
Safe on aircraft or in hostage situations
Safe from cyber attacks
Safe in riots
Safe from sexual predators and much more.

Chris Ryan analyses real-life incidents, such as the Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge terror attack and the Tunisian beach shootings, and explains how ordinary people should act if they find themselves in similar scenarios.

In a world of ever-present, ever-changing threats, this is a book that will empower you to take personal responsibility for your own security.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: Paperback NZ$29.99
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

Saffron So Quite Excellent by Victoria M Azaro

Author: M Azaro, Victoria

When Saffron's baby sister, Star Anise has a sleeping problem, Saffron decides she should try to help her mother. Unfortunately her ideas on how to help, while being so quite excellent doesn't quite go to plan.

This book also sees Saffron and her family travel to exotic places like Saint Tropez, Paris, and Madrid. Saffron even seems to discover her true calling as a famous choreographer.

As with the previous two books, the results are extremely entertaining and humorous. Any fans of the Saffron series or girls who like a good laugh will enjoy this book.

RRP $14.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Saffron: I have everything under control by Victoria M Azaro

Author: M Azaro, Victoria

This humorous book particularly appealing to girls over seven provides lots of cringe worthy moments as two Argentine aunties arrive to help Saffron’s pregnant mother while her father is on business in China, leaving Saffron to think they are a major embarrassment, but her friends thinking they are cool.

When Saffron’s father returns home, he has to travel to Bangkok on business, but this time has decided to take Saffron, her little sister Sage and their very pregnant mother with him. At a market, both children show that they have no idea on how to bargain and bring prices down, in the hotel pool, Saffron shows she isn’t as aware about etiquette as she thinks she is and then there is the tuk tuk ride and other hilarious events.

This book introduces readers to new cultures and ultimately teaches them to be open to new things. Saffron thinks she has everything under control and is open to new things, but because she isn’t open to different cultures or in too much of a hurry to prove she has everything under control, her actions can result in funny and unexpected outcomes. The illustrations are of a style you would expect from someone of Saffron’s age adding a bit of authenticity to the story.

RRP $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Saints of Old by Patrick Coffey

Author: Coffey, Patrick

This book might not be the definitive reference about all the saints that ever lived but it does contain the life stories of 30 Christian saints who lived in the first ten centuries after the birth of Jesus Christ. Coffey, a retired general surgeon, felt compelled to write about the courage shown by these men and women.

Saints of Old is the result of Coffey's extensive research and tells stories that have spanned the centuries. Each chapter covers a new saint, showing why they are loved, revered and admired, also what we can learn from their lives. At the end of many of the chapters Coffey adds his own endnotes, which in some cases give a more personal note to the commentary or in others say what influence the particular saint has had after death.

Saints of Old is an inspiring and interesting book which shows that saints are not mythical inventions but real people who walked the world doing good works. It is also interesting to read about the difference between some of the real saints and our perception of them today. Saints of Old is a book of particular interest to those interested in faiths or social history.

RRP US$12.95
Publisher: iUniverse and available on Amazon

Sammy Goes To the World Cup by Michele Cox

Author: Cox, Michele

With the talk and interest in June’s Football World Cup, it is not surprising that New Zealander Michele Cox would have chosen it as the subject for a new novel featuring Sammy Banks, the talented football playing girl and her team the Shooting Stars. Sammy Goes to the World Cup is the third book in the series.

In this novel, Sammy hears about a competition to choose children to represent their country as player escorts at the World Cup. It would be a dream opportunity for her and would give her the chance to meet some of the international stars, but she doesn’t think she would have a chance as it would be a dream for so many other girls too.

Her sense of fair play and good sportsmanship make all the difference in the competition, and soon her dream comes true, she is on her way to the world cup, the biggest sports event in the world. Will she be able to cope with being so far from home, make a fool of herself in front of millions and most importantly can she stop her team mates from making a terrible mistake?

Like the other books in the Sammy series, this one is great for encouraging children to take up the sport of soccer. It is an exciting story that sparks an interest in the game. Michelle herself has travelled to over thirty countries to promote the beautiful game in 2009 alone as a consultant for the FIFA Professionalisation Programme. She is a former international footballer and has played in Germany for top team TSV Siegen. She offers playing and football tips in each book in the series that will help budding footballers become better players. There are also valuable lessons to be learned about sportsmanship and being part of a team.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

SAS: Rogue Heroes - The Authorised Wartime History by Ben Macintyre

Author: Macintyre, Ben

The SAS is the world's most renowned and ruthless special unit.

Launched by a small band of maverick officers in the darkest days of the Second World War, the SAS played a pivotal role in the Allied victory.

Now, 75 years on, it has finally decided to tell its story. It has opened all its secret archives to an author for the first time.

This is a book about a new style of warfare, and an unexpected species of hero. This is a book about the meaning of courage.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $40.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Saved By Cake by Marian Keyes

Author: Keyes, Marian

You might recognise the name Marian Keyes, but it will not be one you would associate with baking. She is a very popular fiction writer. She also suffers from depression, and that is where cakes come in. Baking helped her get over her depression. The precision of measurements, the light spring of a well-baked cake, the prettiness of the frosting and decorations all helped to sooth her and pass the time until she came out of depression.

Along the way, she fell in love with baking. She started as an absolute beginner and taught herself to bake, showing there is help for us all.

In Saved By Cake, Marian is as funny and charming as ever, as she guides readers through the world of baking in her own inimitable way. It's perfect for novice bakers, with plenty of advice for beginners, but the recipes are delicious and unique enough to appeal to even the most seasoned of bakers. The book starts by describing the equipment needed (with a few jokes along the way), then adds some rules and helpful hints before introducing readers to the recipes. Each recipe contains an entertaining introduction and a full page colour photograph. It is honest, witty and very accessible.

RRP $37.00
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Michael Joseph title

Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! By Lynley Dodd

Author: Dodd, Lynley

Another rollicking picture book featuring the mighty Scarface Claw in the much-loved Hairy Maclary and Friends series.

It is a peaceful morning and Scarface Claw is happily snoozing in a spot in the sun, tail curled around and feet tucked in.

there was a shudder and sway,
the whirr of an engine,
then off and away.

And then off goes the truck down the drive - with Scarface ON TOP! Clinging on to the roof of the truck, Scarface zips along streets with his owner, Tom, oblivious to his rooftop passenger and everyone trying to get his attention as he drives along ... who will come to poor Scarface Claw's rescue?
Inspired by true stories of cat owners driving off without realising their cats are on the roofs of their cars, Scarface Claw's latest adventure will have readers getting just as involved in the story as the bystanders trying to get Tom's attention!

Reading Age: 4 to 7 years
RRP: Hard Back NZ$25.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand.

Scarlet by Leigh Marsden

Author: Marsden, Leigh

George is captivated by Cass and who could blame her? Cass is gorgeous, fun and flirty. Their relationship has evolved from co-workers at a busy Auckland restaurant to partners in explicit activity all over town.

George has not always led a happy life though, and the book flashes back to her tumultuous and ultimately tragic childhood in Taupo. Slowly the story of past and present comes together like pieces in a complicated jigsaw puzzle, revealing the reasons behind George's wanton and risky behaviour.

Scarlet is a romance for open-minded adults and is a book that some will definitely be considered too explicit and risqué by some. It won't be everyone's cup of tea.

RRP $30.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Author: Meyer, Marissa

Scarlet is the latest is Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series that started with Cinder. Be warned, this series really does follow on as a continuation so if you want to read the series, start with Cinder first, and don't continue reading this review until you have finished Cinder.

If you are still reading, I can presume that you have read and enjoyed the first book in the series. As the story continues, Cinder is trying to break out of prison, even though if she succeeds she will be the commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Half a world away, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Not often do you find a series where the second book is far better than the first, but in Scarlet, this is the case. Maybe because in the first novel, Meyer was trying to re-imagine a simplistic children's character into a novel suitable for teens, the lead did not come across as particularly complex, strong or intelligent character. Scarlet is a much more engaging lead, with depth.

Although this novel is titled Scarlet, the story is divided between her story and that of Cinder. The narrative moving between the two stories is seamless but unfortunately Cinder's growth as a character still seems slow. Throughout the book she faces an internal struggle to control her powers while abiding by the queen's laws.

Scarlet is faster, more exciting and more humorous than the first novel, it is just a shame there was not a bit more Scarlet and a bit less Cinder. It makes reading the first novel in the Lunar Series worthwhile.

RRP $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

SCIENCE IN THE SOUL by Richard Dawkins

Author: Dawkins, Richard

Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

A new anthology of essays and previously published and unpublished work by the brilliant evolutionary biologist, author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion.

Science in the Soul is a kaleidoscopic argument for the power and glory of science: the wonder of scientific discovery; the practical necessity of scientific endeavour to society; and the importance of the scientific way of thinking – particularly in today’s ‘post-truth’ world.

With an introduction and new commentary by the author in dialogue with himself across the years, the essays, journalism, lectures and letters gathered here range over subjects from evolution and Darwinian natural selection to the role of scientist as prophet, whether science is itself a religion, the probability of alien life in other worlds, and the beauties, cruelties and oddities of earthly life in this one.

A sparkling showcase for his rapier wit, the clarity, precision and vigour he brings to an argument, the beauty of his prose, the depth of his feeling and his capacity for joy, Science in the Soul is further evidence of Richard Dawkins’ status as one of science’s all-time great communicators.

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: RRP $38.00
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

Scrumptious by Chelsea Winter

Author: Winter, Chelsea

Chelsea Winter has become a saviour in the kitchen. Discover why with this utterly scrumptious collection of recipes. Packed with irresistible recipes for mouth-watering lunches and dinners, indulgent baking and wickedly good desserts, Chelsea Winter’s fourth cookbook is sure to become your new go-to for any occasion. There’s even a section on Chelsea’s festive favourites for Christmas! The 90-plus recipes are easy to follow, use ingredients on hand in your fridge or pantry, and will certainly earn you rave reviews from your family and friends.

Reading Age: Young adult to adult
RRP: $50.00 Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

Secret Agent Splat by Ron Scotton

Author: Scotton, Rob

Something strange is going on in Splat's house. His toy ducks are going missing one by one, only to return the next day without their beaks. After watching his favourite TV show, Splat has an idea. He will turn himself into Secret Agent Splat and solve the mystery with a little help from his friend Seymour, the mouse.

Will Splat be able to solve the mystery?

This is a delightful, fun tale with twists that show things are not always as they seem. It also has good messages about friendship.

RRP $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Secret Kingdom Christmas Ballerina by Rosie Banks

Author: Banks, Rosie

Some book will instantly develop a healthy following simply because of the type of characters involved. The Secret Kingdom series has done this with likeable characters and stories of friendship and fun in a magical world. This book however is likely to also attract those who like to read anything that features ballerinas (like my daughter, whom I had to pry this particular instalment off to review).

In this festive adventure Ellie, Summer and Jasmine can’t wait to visit the Secret Kingdom at the most magical time of year. King Merry has planned a special show for Christmas but Rosalind, a beautiful elf ballerina, is missing and without her the show will be ruined. Could Queen Malice be behind Rosalind’s disappearance? Once again the Secret Kingdom needs Ellie, Summer and Jasmine to help.

Rosie Banks certainly knows her readership and writes stories that girls over six love to read. It is a delightful magical adventure involving good friends, elves, fairies and even a ballerina, illustrated with detailed drawings on almost every page.

RRP $16.99
Publisher: Hachette under the Orchard title

Secret Princesses: Brilliant Bake Off by Rosie Banks

Author: Banks, Rosie

A gorgeous series about magical princesses and best friends!
Best friends Charlotte and Mia are training to become Secret Princesses, magical princesses with the power to make wishes come true! Can they grant Ruby's wish and help her take part in the village baking contest? But they're not the only princesses in the bake off - and Princess Poison is determined to cheat!

Children’s Fiction
RRP for each book is NZ $14.99
Reading Age: 6 to 10 years
Publisher: Publisher Hachette

Secret Princesses: Fashion Fun by Rosie Banks

Author: Banks, Rosie

A gorgeous series about magical princesses and best friends. This book is a long adventure for even more magical fun!
Best friends Charlotte and Mia can't bear it when Charlotte's family moves far away. But when they become trainee Secret Princesses they begin an amazing adventure together - and they can see each other whenever they like!
Mean Princess Poison has cast a spell on four of the Secret Princesses and made them forget all about their magic.
Meanwhile, Lena wishes that she could win a place at fashion school. Can Charlotte and Mia help make Lena's dreams come true AND remind Princess Sophie what real magic really is?
Have you read all four books in series four: The Sapphire Collection?
Fashion Fun
Brilliant Bake-off
Gymnastics Glory
Picture Perfect

Children’s Fiction
RRP for each book is NZ $14.99
Reading Age: 6 to 10 years
Publisher: Publisher Hachette

Secret Princesses: Gymnastics Glory by Rosie Banks

Author: Banks, Rosie

Best friends Charlotte and Mia are training to become Secret Princesses, magical princesses with the power to make wishes come true!
Layla would love to be on a gymnastics team, but horrid Princess Poison has taken her lucky charm! Can the girls show her you don't need luck when you have friendship?

Children’s Fiction
RRP for each book is NZ $14.99
Reading Age: 6 to 10 years
Publisher: Publisher Hachette

Secret Princesses: Picture Perfect by Rosie Banks

Author: Banks, Rosie

A gorgeous series about magical princesses and best friends!

Best friends Charlotte and Mia are training to become Secret Princesses, magical princesses with the power to make wishes come true!
Isla's worried about her mum's art shop - if they don't start making more money it'll have to close down! Charlotte and Mia must use their magic to help, but mean Princess Poison has her own painting plan...

Children’s Fiction
RRP for each book is NZ $14.99
Reading Age: 6 to 10 years
Publisher: Publisher Hachette

Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly

Author: Kelly, Cathy

Bess is hoping to show everyone just how happy her recent marriage is, but behind all the party-planning the cracks are beginning to show. Why is joining a family so difficult?

Jojo, Bess's stepdaughter, has a point to make. Bess is not her mother, and she won't replace the one she's been missing every day for the last two years. And will she ever get the chance to become a mum herself?

Cousin Cari is a fierce career-woman who isn't unnerved by anything - apart from facing the man who left her at the altar, and he's on the guest list. Her job has been a safe place to hide ever since - but is it time to let love into her life again?

Thanks to laughter, tears and one surprise appearance, the Brannigans might just discover the secrets of a happy marriage... But will they find out before it's too late?

Reading Age: Adult
RRP: $34.99 paperback
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand

See Ya, Simon by David Hill

Author: Hill, David

Simon is a typical teenager in every way except one. Simon likes weekends, girls, mucking about and playing practical jokes. What is different about Simon is that he has muscular dystrophy, he is in a wheelchair and doesn’t have long to live.

See Ya Simon is told through the eyes of Simon’s best friend Nathan. His humour and the humour of the story underlies the tragedy that Simon won’t see or experience most of the things his classmates will when they leave school and slowly grow old.

The story is moving, funny and inspirational. It shows that Simon makes the most of every day despite of his disadvantages and can even at time use them to his own advantage. The underlying message of this book is to make the most of your life and look on the bright side.

RRP $18.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title


Author: Cheng, Jack

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons.

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

For fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

Reading Age Middle Grade (10 and up)
RRP: $ 21.00
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand

See You When I See You by Rose Lagercrantz

Author: Lagercrantz, Rose

Dani is on a school trip to the zoo, and the teacher tells the children how to stay safe and not get lost. But Dani gets separated from the others. Suddenly another class is rushing up the path - and at the back of the noisy crowd is someone she recognizes: Ella! The good friends are so happy to be together again and Ella wants to play. What should Dani do? Follow her best friend in the whole world or do as the teacher said? The first, of course!

Illustrator: Eva Eriksson
Reader Age: 6-8 year
RRP: $19.99
Category: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: GECKO PRESS

Selected Poems by Ian Wedde

Author: Wedde, Ian

With selections from 1971’s Homage to Matisse all the way through to 2013’s The Lifeguard, Ian Wedde’s Selected Poems introduces readers new and old to one of New Zealand’s most distinguished contemporary poets.

Reading Age: 16 years to Adult.
RRP: Paperback NZ$39.99
Publisher: Auckland University Press

Selma by Jutta Bauer

Author: Bauer, Jutta

Selma is a sheep who answers a big question, what is happiness? To her, happiness is eating a little grass at sunrise, playing with the children until lunchtime, exercising after lunch eating some more grass, talking to her neighbour and then having a lovely long sleep. She is contented with that and wouldn’t change a thing.

It is a thought provoking story that shows that happiness is not found in having more money or possessions but in being with the ones you love and doing the things you enjoy. It is a book that will be enjoyed by young and old alike.

RRP $14.99
Publisher: Gecko Press

Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

Author: Lerangis, Peter

The Colossus Rises is the first novel in the exciting Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis.

Jack McKinley is an ordinary thirteen year old boy with an extraordinary problem. He will die in six months unless he can retrieve seven magical objects that when combined can keep him alive.

There is however a bigger problem. These objects have been missing for a thousand years, hidden in the ruins of the seven wonders of the ancient world. With no-one else to turn to, Jack and his three friends must undertake the quest themselves.

First stop is the Colossus of Rhodes.

This is an exciting start to what looks to be a riveting new series for children along similar lines to Percy Jackson. Sure Jack is not a son of an ancient god but he is descended from the people of Atlantis and is on a quest that will combine the ancient world with the present. Along the journey, it might even inspire readers to learn more about ancient history and the seven wonders of the ancient world.

RRP $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


Author: Ryan, Chris

Held up by rebel forces in a brutal siege, John Porter is tested to the limit in the African jungle.

Strikeback hero John Porter is sent on a mission with Regimental scallywag John Bald. Where Porter plays it by the book, Bald will always want to break the rules.

They are sent to Sierra Leone to extract Ronald Soames, a former CO of the Regiment and now right-hand man to the President.

But when Porter and Bald arrive the Englishman has disappeared, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.

Rebels are threatening to take over the country and its diamond mines - and to massacre all foreigners.

Porter and Bald find themselves fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Regiment psychopath who is already embedded in the country.

But it soon becomes clear that the Firm has lied to them about the true nature of the mission.

What seems at first to be a battle to control Sierra Leone's diamond mines will turn out to about a much greater evil - and with a trail that leads back to both Westminster and the Kremlin.

Reading Age: Adult
TPBK RRP: $34.99
EBK RRP: $19.99
Publisher: Hachette NZ

Shadow Of The Boyd by Diana Menefy

Author: Menefy, Diana

In November 1809, the sailing ship is sailing across the Tasman Sea to her destination in New Zealand. Among those on board are fifteen year old Thomas Davidson, an apprentice sailor, and George, a Maori youth on his way home to the Bay of Islands, to his father and brothers.

The two become friends but their friendship is soon tested. George becomes ill during the crossing and his health rapidly deteriorates to the point where he can hardly walk. It was therefore maybe not surprising that he refused to go on the deck and furl the sails when he was ordered to. The captain, who has a reputation as a man not to be crossed, doesn’t see it the same way and has him flogged. As Thomas watches the brutal flogging of his friend, he is shocked by the violence, but doesn’t know of the violence or terrible nature that George’s revenge will be.

Shadow of the Boyd is a powerful story from our colonial past which tells of unfamiliar attitudes, violence and unease of cultural interaction at that time. It tells of a bitter clash between two cultures from a youth who survived the infamous massacre of the Boyd. Only a handful of Europeans actually survived the massacre and Thomas was one of them.

Although it is a fictional novel, shadow of the Boyd actually is based on a historical event and presents the harsh times of burgeoning colonies. The story will probably also spark more interest in this period from readers. It is written from after the boy’s rescue and voyage later on the City of Edinburgh, the period on the Boyd and from Thomas writing a report of events on the Boyd while on the City of Edinburgh. Same of these changes in location can be hard to pick up at first, but shouldn’t detract from what is essentially a good historical tale.

RRP $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Shark Wars by E J Altbacker

Author: Altbacker, E J

While the name might conjure up images of an extreme fishing show, perhaps on Discovery Channel, this book is not about fishing at all, and its main characters are sharks.

Gray is the biggest shark in his clan and his insatiable appetite has forced him from the reef. Accompanied by his best friend, Berkley, the hunt for food has taken him into the dangerous Big Blue, where the two accidentally swim into Goblin Shiver territory.

They are left with no choice but to join the Goblin Shiver and fight against the rival Razor Shiver sharks. Berkley and Gray then get separated, and Berkley learns something terrible about Goblin Shiver. Will Grey be all right as an even bigger battle awaits, one that will test his courage and elegances?

E J Altbacker right at the start creates his own creation myth, maybe to make his chosen creatures seem human and more likeable. After all it is pretty hard to like sharks with all the bad press they get. Despite the creatures he uses, E J Altbecker could have easily written the same story using human like creatures on a different planet, and at times it is easy to forget the protagonists are actually sharks in an underwater world.

RRP $15.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title

Shattered Glory by Matthew Wright

Author: Wright, Matthew

Shattered Glory provides readers with a powerful picture of Gallipoli and the Western Front during the First World War. It shows in vivid form what life was like for those NZ soldiers that lived and died through the campaigns.

The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 destroyed New Zealand’s fantasies of war. The soldiers suddenly found it not to be such a glorious schoolboy adventure or akin to a sports tour but a perilous place from which many wouldn’t ever return. The Western Front campaign that followed from 1916 to 1918 gave shape to the emotional impact. It was a world of horror, death and mud that destroyed souls.

Together these two campaigns shaped the lives of a generation of New Zealanders, gave a particular meaning to modern memory of war and helped shape our national identity. In Shattered Glory, historian Matthew Wright illuminates New Zealand’s human experience during these two campaigns. He also explores the darker side of New Zealand’s iconic symbols of national identity and explains some of the realities behind the mythology that have been created since.

Anyone who wants to know more about New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, or is interested in New Zealand history will particularly enjoy this book. The photos and text not only tell readers what these places were really like, they also explain what set New Zealanders apart.

RRP $45.00
Publisher: Penguin Group

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Author: Knight, Phil

Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Young, searching, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it’s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

Reading Age: 11 to 18 years
RRP: Paperback NZ$29.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Should I Kiss Tommy Aitkins by Dawn McMillan

Author: McMillan, Dawn

Georgia is deciding on whether to kiss Tommy Aitkins. Should she kiss him straight away, or chicken out. What will happen? How could her decisions affect her life? Will it help their budding relationship grow or will it be ruined forever? What would you do?

This is an unusual romance in that the reader decides the outcome and also the story. They make the choices for Georgia and read about the consequences of their choices. It is a chance for them to make their own story. It also allows readers to do something they can’t do in real life. If they make a bad choice, they can go back a few pages and choose the other path.

It is a fun interactive story that young teenage girls will enjoy. They might also learn something about choices along the way.

RRP $17.99
Publisher: Penguin Group under the Puffin title


Author: McNabb, Andy

The next high-octane thriller from Andy McNab - featuring young convict-turned-soldier Sean Harker, and a race to stop a deadly threat. HOW DO YOU FIGHT AN INVISIBLE ENEMY?
A high-speed chase through the backstreets of Lagos and an unexpected bomb explosion in the jungle – it’s all in a day’s work for soldier Sean Harker.
Looking forward to a well-earned break back home, Sean and his platoon fly back to the UK, only to find themselves fighting their way out of an airport hostage situation, and the country on high terrorist alert.
Barely escaping with his life, Sean must now embark on a dangerous mission: to locate a deadly weapon, capable of destruction on a massive scale . . . a weapon no one will see coming.

Reading age: 17 years to Adult
RRP: NZ$26.00
Adult Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse NZ

Simple Salads: Fresh and Easy Seasonal Salads from Penny Oliver

Author: Oliver, Penny

Easy zesty dressings on crisp leaves, quick cooking satisfying grains including gluten free plus deliciously prepared vegetables, all appetisingly displayed by the photography of Manja Wachsmuth.

Ring in the changes by bringing a new focus to your meals. Choose from a wide range of salads based around grains and pulses, noodles, fragrant herbs and lots of vegetables, with meat or fish in a supporting role.

The recipes in Simple Salads will inspire you to try new ideas and flavours, and get more vegetable servings into your day. It will become your 'go to' salad reference for many years to come.

Recipes by Penny Oliver and photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
RRP: $40.00
Publisher: Penguin Books New Zealand

Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life the authorised biography by Alexa Johnston