In response to a request The Sapling put out on Twitter, teacher and author Sarina Dickson has compiled this wonderful list of New Zealand titles for those young readers who have finished Harry Potter and are reading above their age level at primary school. Advanced readers, assemble! As a child I loved to read. By the age of eight, I was reading anything I could get my hands on and in desperation had moved onto the books my mother had read. I read all about what Katy did at
Susette Goldsmith reviews four fascinating books for older readers: think steampunk shenanigans, paranormal romance, celebrity secret identities and the grim realities of life as a member of a persecuted populace. As different as they may be, it turns out that they'll all keep you at the edge of your seat... The Clockill and the Thief by Gareth Ward (Walker Books)
Gareth Ward's first novel The Traitor and The Thief won the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, the 2018 Sir Juliu
For the third instalment of our shiny new Mahy Questionnaire, we thought we had better select an author who has a career in books in common with Mahy. Gareth Ward aka. The Great Wardini of Wardini Books also has a new book, The Clockill and the Thief, releasing at the end of July. 1. Describe yourself in three words Struggles with simple instructions . 2. During the height of adolescence, was it good changeover?
I think I was quite grumpy and moody during my adolescence, alt
How does an author not only get their book published, but get their book shortlisted for the Best First Book award? We asked each of this year's finalists how they went from unpublished amateur to finalist. Eileen Merriman, finalist for Pieces of You (Penguin Random House) Everyone always asks how I can possibly find time to write, but for me it’s a compulsion. I stopped writing when I went to university and didn’t start again until almost twenty years and several exams later
We are pleased to present a regular monthly series highlighting the work, expertise and enthusiasm of some of the greatest children's booksellers of New Zealand. Here's relative newcomer, the vibrant Wardini Books in Havelock North. About five years ago, Gareth Ward walked past Janeff Books in Havelock North and saw that it was up for sale. Almost on a whim, but with much excitement and a bag of mad ideas, he and his wife, Louise, bought it. They then poured heart, soul and '
Earlier this month, we treated you to an excerpt from Gareth Ward's award-winning debut steampunk adventure novel, The Traitor and the Thief. Here's an interview with the fascinating, hardworking author himself. Gareth Ward at the Hawkes Bay launch of The Traitor and the Thief Your bio notes read like an adventure novel of their own! How do you describe yourself to people these days? For example, if someone says, 'So, Gareth, what do you do...?' I’ve had an interesting life:
Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust continues to play a significant part in boosting the children's literature culture here in New Zealand. We asked Tessa Duder, beloved author and Storylines Trustee, to tell us how the Storylines Awards came about. When the organisation that grew into today’s Storylines first set up shop in 1991, among its first aims were to bolster the number and type of awards open to New Zealand children’s writers and illustrators. The 1980s