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NZ Book Awards for Children and YA 2018 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced.

The awards aim to celebreate the contribution New Zealand’s children’s authors and illustrators ‘make to building national identity and cultural heritage’.

The shortlisted books in each category are:

Picture Book Award

  • Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter (Heather Haylock, illus by Lael Chisholm, Picture Puffin)
  • I am Jellyfish (Ruth Paul, Picture Puffin)
  • That’s Not the Monster We Ordered (Richard Fairgray & Terry Jones, Picture Puffin)
  • The Gift Horse (Sophie Siers, illus by Katharine White, Millwood Press)
  • The Longest Breakfast (Jenny Bornholdt, illus by Sarah Wilkins, Gecko Press).

Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

  • How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot (Suzanne Main, Scholastic NZ)
  • How to Bee (Bren MacDibble, Allen & Unwin)
  • Lyla: Through My Eyes – Natural Disaster Zones (Fleur Beale, ed by Lyn White, Allen & Unwin)
  • My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid (Pauline [Vaeluaga] Smith, Scholastic NZ)
  • The Thunderbolt Pony (Stacy Gregg, HarperCollins).

Young Adult Fiction

  • Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong (Erin Donohue, Escalator Press)
  • Catch Me When You Fall (Eileen Merriman, Penguin)
  • In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Sticking with Pigs (Mary-anne Scott, OneTree House)
  • The Traitor and the Thief (Gareth Ward, Walker Books).

Elsie Locke Award for Nonfiction

  • Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story (Gavin Bishop, Penguin)
  • Explore! Aotearoa (Bronwen Wall, illus by Kimberly Andrews, Kennett Brothers)
  • New Zealand’s Great White Sharks (Alison Balance, Potton & Burton)
  • Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures (David Hill, illus by Phoebe Morris, Picture Puffin)
  • The New Zealand Wars (Philippa Werry, New Holland).

Russell Clark Award for Illustration

  • Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands (Maria Gill, illus by Marco Ivančić, Scholastic NZ)
  • Bobby, the Littlest War Hero (Glyn Harper, illus by Jenny Cooper, Picture Puffin)
  • Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts (Craig Phillips, A&U)
  • I am Jellyfish (Ruth Paul, Picture Puffin)
  • Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures (David Hill, illus by Phoebe Morris, Picture Puffin).

Te Kura Pounamu Award for books written completely in te reo Māori

  • Hineahuone (Xoë Hall, trans by Sian Montgomery-Neutze, TeacherTalk)
  • Te Tamaiti me te Aihe (Robyn Kahukiwa, trans by Kiwa Hammond, Little Island Press)
  • Tu Meke Tūī! (Malcolm Clarke, illus by Hayley King (AKA Flox), trans by Evelyn Tobin, Mary Egan Publishing).

Best First Book Award

  • Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong (Erin Donohue, Escalator Press)
  • Into the White (Joanna Grochowicz, A&U)
  • My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid (Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith, Scholastic NZ)
  • Pieces of You (Eileen Merriman, Penguin)
  • The Traitor and the Thief (Gareth Ward, Walker Books)

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Wellington on 8 August.

The winners in each category will receive NZ$7500 (A$6920), except the Best First Book Award winner, who receives NZ$2000 (A$1840). An additional NZ$7500 awarded for the overall prize, the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year. For more information, see the website.

 

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