Book Quiz: Beach Bound

If you, like our quizmaster, live in a part of Aotearoa affected by the floods, you too may have found starting off February with seaside swimming a bleak prospect. Luckily the world of Aotearoa literature for kids has plenty of beaches to dip into…

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1. Which graphic novel author and illustrator has a sinister seaside series called Black Sand Beach?

A. Ant Sang

B. Richard Fairgray

C. Kay O’Neill

D. Jonathan King

2. Which beachside book made a massive splash at the NZCYA Awards in 2019?

A. The Bomb

B. The Manu

C. The Big Jump

D. The Cannonball

3. What skill does Tide’s Out/Tai Timu by Frances Plumpton and Stephanie Thatcher support?

A. The alphabet

B. Colours

C. Shapes

D. Counting

4. Which Tessa Duder protagonist spends time beach-side on Magnetic Island across the Tasman?

A. Alex Archer

B. Tiggie Thompson

C. Geraldine, AKA Jellybean

D. Freddie Bone

5. What part of Te Ika a Māui is Tania Roxborogh’s prize-winning Charlie Tangaroa and the Creature from the Sea set in?

A. Te Tai Tokerau

B. Taranaki

C. Te Tairāwhiti

D. Te Whanganui-a-Tara

6. Fill in the blank: Gillian and Darryl Torckler’s 2020 non-fiction book focused on  ______ On The Kiwi Seashore

A. 24 hours

B. 60 minutes

C. A week

D. 10 years

7. Which Sapling editor wrote Things in the Sea Are Touching Me?

A. Nida Fiazi

B. Hannah Marshall

C. Sarah Forster

D. Linda Jane Keegan

8. Ned Barraud released two ocean-y books with Potton & Burton in 2019…what were they?

A. Rock Pools and Toroa

B. Rock Pools and Tohorā

C. Rock Pools and Tuna

D. Rock Pools and Tītī

9. Which Eileen Merriman book features a teen tragedy at a North Shore beach?

A. Violet Black

B. Catch Me When You Fall

C. Invisibly Breathing

D. Pieces of You

10. Who illustrated the rerelease of Margaret Mahy’s The Boy Who Made Things Up, complete with oodles of beach-y imagination?

A. Sarah Greig

B. Minrui Yang

C. Lily Emo

D. Jessica Twohill


1. B
2. A (A slightly trick question—The Bomb has since been published in the US as Cannonball)
3. D
4. B
5. C
6. A
7. D
8. B
9. D
10. C