The Sampling – Excerpts


Glenn Wood’s new young adult read brings to life some classic horror fiction with brains, a guts full of humour, gory detail and graphic replays, or should that be reanimations, at the end of each chapter. Read on, if you dare.


Manuia le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2020 – Happy Samoa Language Week 2020! Today we have an extract from Teine Sāmoa, by Dahlia Malaeulu, a new collection of short stories.

THE SAMPLING: Katipo Joe—Blitzkreig

Brian Falkner is the author of over a dozen books for teens and younger readers, published in New Zealand, Australia, the US and the UK. Enjoy this extract from his latest book, first in a series, Katipo Joe: Blitzkreig.

THE SAMPLING: A Trio of Sophies

Eileen Merriman has been a constant fixture in the Aotearoa YA scene since the 2017 release of her debut, Pieces of You. Each of her books has taken an unflinching approach towards teenage lives and their associated challenges and issues.


Hawke’s Bay author, reviewer and bookseller Adele Broadbent is back with a new title for a young adult audience.

THE SAMPLING: The Book of Overthinking

Last year we shared with you a Sampling from Gwendoline Smith’s bestseller The Book of Knowing. And this year, Dr Know is back with a follow-up title, The Book of Overthinking.

THE SAMPLING: Volcanoes and Earthquakes

There has been an enormous amount of amazing local non-fiction in recent months – and here’s a taster of one of those releases. Volcanoes and Earthquakes by Sarah and Gordon Ell is part of Oratia’s ‘The NZ Series’ and this extract is reproduced with permission.

THE SAMPLING: Awa and the Dreamrealm

Some mysterious middle-grade reading for you today, in the form of a new Sampling! Here’s the prologue and first two chapters of Isa Pearl Ritchie’s first book for young people, Awa and the Dreamrealm.

THE SAMPLING: Wynter’s Thief

We’re delighted to share our latest Sampling with you – a brand new fantastical young adult novel from the beloved Sherryl Jordan, published by OneTree House. Our extract from Wynter’s Thief starts right at the beginning of the story, drawing you in with a bang.

THE SAMPLING: Te Rātaka a Tama Hūngoingoi

‘He kino ra te noho a te tamariki. Ko Greg Heffley tetahi e mohio pai ana ki tenei.’ Te Rātaka a Tama Hūngoingoi is the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, translated into te reo Māori.