Plans for the Newtoun community’s Waitangi Day celebrations are well under way. The Tape Orchestra’s practising like mad. Monty and Mr Steve Vibrant are designing a poster. Rishi’s trying to land Lil Yacht Shifty … and Ms Ropata’s juggling it all because everyone wants in. There’ll be curry and cake, kapa haka, halal sausages, foam blasters, the Naenae dirtman, and kiss-the-goat — if Constable Rutene can manage to chase one down. In the meantime, Dreadflock’s considering a blog, Briony’s Mum’s being a helicopter, and everyone’s eating a lot of lolly cake. In the boundary-riding tradition of the Annual project, Annual Ink’s latest title #Tumeke! brings you the lives, loves and larrikin spirit of an inner-city neighbourhood. The story is told through texts, Instagram posts, emails, fliers, committee minutes, posters, diary entries, blog posts, chatrooms, school homework, raps and the reliably bonkers community noticeboard. Stuffed with big personalities, surprising friendships and a little intrigue, this multimedia story brims with creativity and comedy, and everyday heartaches, too. Debut novelist Michael Petherick juggles a large cast and multiple story threads with panache, giving us a window on a vivid, warm-hearted community. A narrative — but not quite as we know it — for middle readers and anyone who loves to connect. To look inside, click here.
Finalist in the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction
‘Wildly inventive and a goatload of fun. A surprise triple reverse jackknife to the funny bone. I’ve never read anything like it. Tumeke!’ — Toby Morris ‘This is a piece of multimedia genius’ — Sapling on ‘Community Noticeboard’ from Annual 2 Extends the idea of what a book can be, SO much fun! --April
Debut novelist, Michael Petherick lives, writes, and plays music in Wellington, New Zealand. He wrote the popular 'Rhyme Ninja' poems in Annual, and first introduced readers to the seething world of Newtoun in Annual 2's prequel, 'Community Noticeboard'.