May 25, 2020

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. 'Teine Sāmoa means Sāmoan girl. It’s a label that carries with it an unspoken duty to obey, serve...

May 11, 2020

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.


'Joseph St George is a young New Zealander, the...

March 3, 2020

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. This week, her latest book, A...

February 2, 2020

Hawke's Bay author, reviewer and bookseller Adele Broadbent is back with a new title for a young adult audience. Thanks to OneTree House, we can share a chapter from If Only, to whet your appetite for the story to come.

Chapter 2

Tam squeezed into a circle of people stan...

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. This new release is more targeted at an adult audience – parents and others who spend time w...

January 21, 2020

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. 

Vo...

November 3, 2019

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

PROLOGUE

She slid down through the tunnel of light. I saw her p...

October 1, 2019

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. But do...

'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. Jeff Kinney is the writer and illustrator, and Hēni Jacob has done the translation, w...

July 2, 2019

The Invincibles: Power Up! is the first book in a super-charged new junior fiction series. Regular old rugby practice turns into something more when five kids are zapped by lightning and find themselves in possession of a range of different super powers! Scholastic NZ...

June 10, 2019

Bonjour Lucy Bee is a fast-paced holiday adventure novel.  Lucy Bee is on a family reunion holiday in France when she finds an injured boy behind a bush. Having some idea that he is a refugee, she hides him and gets help. But there is something amiss in their part of F...

May 9, 2019

From the author of the highly acclaimed Into the White, Amundsen's Way: The Race to the South Pole (Allen & Unwin) is the gripping tale of the Norwegian explorer's courage, determination and ruthlessness in the race to the South Pole. In this excerpt, Amundsen prepares...

In this new book, psychologist Gwendoline Smith (AKA Doctor Know) teaches teens about what's going on in their minds and how to get their feelings under control. It's designed to help them adapt and feel better about their place in the world, cope with anxiety and put...

January 25, 2019

Ricky’s family buy a mansion in a trendy suburb, with panoramic views of the city. Too good to be true… Yep, a real bargain. But this house also has a resident ghost, who wants them out. Cockroaches in the moving boxes, a red sock in the washing with his cricket whites...

January 23, 2019

From Washington D.C, comes Leila, a young woman in search of family, a place to belong. Instead she finds her destiny and it threatens to tear her apart. There is the bewitching call of a Telesa sisterhood and there is Daniel. Will Leila embrace her birthright or will...

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