Category:

 NZ Fiction

Katie struggles with anxiety and compulsive behaviour disorders. She self-harms and is seeing a counsellor. When she starts dating it only increases her anxieties. Then her parents hear her Yiayia (grandmother) is ill in Greece and may be dying. The family decide to visit. Reluctant at... read more

Half My Life

Category:

 NZ Fiction

Reading Level:very good
Awards:Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction Award for the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

An engaging, funny and moving novel about a boy trying to make sense of it all. Fifteen-year-old Ricky lives in Aspiring, a town that’s growing at an alarming rate. Ricky’s growing, too — 6’7”, and taller every day. But he’s stuck in a loop: student, uncommitted basketballer, and puzzle... read more

Aspiring

Category:

 NZ Fiction

Reading Level:near fine
Awards:Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction Award for the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

A collection of 24 short stories; the joys and tribulations of being a woman in Samoa and the struggles brought to an island nation by climate change.

Afakasi Woman

Category:

 NZ Fiction

Awards:Winner! of the Ockham NZ Book Awards - Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction 2020

Winner! of the Ockham NZ Book Awards - Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction 2020.
Taukiri was born into sorrow. Auē can be heard in the sound of the sea he loves and hates, and in the music he draws out of the guitar that was his father's. It spills out of the gang violence that kil... read more

Aue (Auē)

Category:

 NZ Fiction

18 year old Andy Ingle, with his yellow typewriter called Half-Arse under his arm, embarks on one of the great Kiwi road trips, hitchhiking from Palmerston North to Dunedin, over to the West Coast and back up to Auckland. On the way falling in with drug dealers, a washed-ou... read more

Drongo - A Kiwi Road Novel

Category:

 NZ Fiction

Reading Level:near fine

Ruby Palmer has been dealt a rough hand. She was left in a kete at the back door of the Porohiwi Home for Children when she was a baby, and then at seven she discovered that Betty who stopped the bad stuff happening to Ruby at the Home has drowned. Now in her thirties, Ruby suspect... read more

The Wild Card

Category:

 NZ Fiction

Reading Level:very good

Let Me Be Frank brings Sarah Laing's popular autobiographical comic series together for the first time. Sarah Laing began blogging her comics in 2009 as a way to shed light on her fiction writing and to record life before it evaporated. The comics soon had a large audience, eager... read more

Let Me Be Frank - Comics 2010-2019

Category:

 NZ Fiction

Reading Level:near fine

In a radically changed Aotearoa New Zealand, Van's life in the swamp is hazardous. Sheltered by Rau and Matewai, he mines plastic and trades to survive. When a young visitor summons him to the fenced settlement on the hill, he is offered a new and frightening responsibilitya p... read more

The Burning River

Category:

 NZ Fiction

Reading Level:near fine
Awards:Longisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards - Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize 2020

Spanning the four seasons of a year, Necessary Secrets tells the story of Dennis (Den) Sparks and his three adult children. Starting with Den contemplating his mortality on the day of his 70th birthday, the year ahead is told from four different points of view. A searing pictur... read more

Necessary Secrets

Category:

 NZ Fiction

A long-time resident of Tamahere in Waikato, David communicated with farmers for more than 40 years through his cartoons - his main character, Jock, is recognised as a national identity. His cartoons appeared in the New Zealand Farmer for 34 years and on the Jock calendar for the pas... read more

Jock's Country
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Category:

 NZ Fiction

Reading Level:near fine

On tiny, isolated Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf is a treatment facility for alcoholic men. It's here, at the Salvation Army-run home, that three characters at very different points in their lives will find themselves gathered, each for reasons of their own. There is Katherine, known... read more

Rotoroa

Category:

 NZ Fiction

Reading Level:very good
Awards:Longlisted for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize - Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2019

The Ice Shelf - an eco-comedy. On the eve of flying to Antarctica to take up an arts fellowship, thirty-something Janice, recently separated, has a long night of remembrance, regret and realisation as she goes about the city looking for a friend to take care of her fridge while she... read more

The Ice Shelf