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  • Books, Grimm, New

    Upcoming Fiction

    31.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Upcoming Fiction

    Kiss of Deception, Mary E Pearson. The first novel in a new series (The Remnant Chronicles) by the author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox. We hear this has a killer twist. “In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight – but she doesn’t – and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom – to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive – and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets – even as she finds herself falling in love.” (goodreads.com)

    Illusive, Emily Lloyd-Jones. This is described as The X Men meets Ocean’s Eleven. So mutants and action and trickery then? “When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist… She’s also a thief. After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t? The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.” (goodreads.com)

    Finally, some romance:

    Through to You, Lauren Barnholdt. “It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn – resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital ‘T.’ And okay, smolderingly sexy. Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention – and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything. Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings. Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster – exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…” (goodreads.com)


  • Books, New Zealand, Rachel, Science!

    FOR SCIENCE!

    29.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on FOR SCIENCE!

    Science: it’s not just a subject at school. It’s what makes the world what it is. The books below explore stories using experimental sciences we’re perhaps less familiar with right now, but could perhaps plausibly be present in the near future. Cryogenic freezing, internet implants, DNA harvesting – see for yourself whether you think it could happen (or just accept it and go OOH COOL! SCIENCE!)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWhen We Wake, Karen Healey

    Sixteen year-old Tegan has been cryogenically frozen, but her jump to the future was not planned, and she wakes up 100 years past her former present-time of 2027. She discovers she is the first unknowing government test subject to be frozen and successfully revived. Tegan’s not so sure about the benefits of her unique situation, and things get even more complicated when she discovers appalling secrets about her new world. Tegan faces a choice: keep her head down and live her second chance at life, or help fight for a better future.

    When We Wake is the first in a series (the sequel is called While We Run) and it is a finalist in the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2014!

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFeed, M.T. Anderson

    Titus and his friends thought this trip was going to be just like any other trip to the moon. That is, a chance to party hard over spring break. But that was until the hacker got into their brain-implanted internet feeds and caused them all to malfunction, sending Titus and his friends into hospital with an eerie nothingness in their heads. It is especially strange in contrast to the 24/7 bombardment of consumer customised broadcasts and advertisements which normally stream directly into their brains. And then Titus meets beautiful and brainy Violet, who is determined to fight the omnipresent feed before it destroys everyone.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsOrigin, Jessica Khoury

    Pia has spent her whole life so far in a secret laboratory in the Amazon rainforest, raised by a team of scientists as the first of a new immortal race of people. But on the night of her 17th birthday, Pia finds a way to escape, and she leaves the compound for the first time. Outside, she meets a village boy named Eio, and together they race against time to find the deadly truth about Pia’s origin.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson

    In the near future, 17 year old Jenna Fox has just woken up from a coma caused by a terrible accident a year ago. At least, that’s what they tell her, but what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life, and what she does remember she can’t even be sure is real. Jenna must seek out the truth of her mysterious past and learn to live with the implications it may have for her future.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer

    “Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested with the DNA from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. Can a boy who was bred to guarantee another’s survival find his own purpose in life? And can he ever be free?” (Goodreads)


  • Competition, M?ori Language Week, Māori literature, Uncategorized

    Ko Koe tonu a runga!

    27.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Ko Koe tonu a runga!

    Anana! Tēnā koe Lizzie,  ko koe te toa o Rāmere.  Kua oti pai te pakiwaitara!


  • Competition, M?ori Language Week, Māori literature, Uncategorized

    Ka mutu pea

    25.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Ka mutu pea

    Ka mihi mātou o ‘Te Matapihi Ki te Ao Nui’, arā, ko mātou o ngā wharepukapuka o Poneke ki a koutou ngā kaituhituhi o te motu nei.  He pai ngā ariā katoa katoa.

    A te Rāhina ka whakapāhotia ngā ingoa o ngā whakaihuwaka matua o te Māwhai Tuhituhi.


  • Competition, M?ori Language Week, Māori literature, Uncategorized

    Tau Kē Nei – Te Toa o te Rā

    25.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Tau Kē Nei – Te Toa o te Rā

    Tēnei te mihi ki a Rongomai, ka pai koe, Ko koe te toa o te Rāpare!
    Ākuanei ka tuku imera ki a koe e Rongomai .


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    Te rā whakamutunga o Māwhai Tuhituhi

    25.07.14 | Permalink | 10 Comments

    Kia ora anō koutou mā

    Ko tēnei te rā whakamutunga o Māwhai Tuhituhi. Ki a koutou ngā kaituhituhi kei te mihi, kei te mihi.

    Me pēhea te whakakapi i te pakiwaitara nei?

    He whakataetae te Māwhai Tuhituhi. Kua oti kē ngā whiti e rima, kei a koe te ariā o te whiti whakamutunga. Āpiti atu tō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, mō ngā rā 21-25 o Hūrae.

    Mēnā ka hiahia koe ki te uru ki te whakataetae haere ki te whārangi o te māwhai tuhituhi, pāngia te pikitia “māwhai tuhi” ki runga rā , āpiti tō tuhi ki te wahanga tuhi ki raro nei rānei.

    Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā hei wini i te taonga o te rā, ki te wikitoria i te taonga nunui pea, ā, ki te hono ki te pakiwaitara mo te whiti o te rā.

    Karawhiua!!! Tuku mai tāu tuhituhi, māu te whiti tuarima pea?

    Ānei te pakiwaitara ……

    Kua horoia ngā rīhi, ka paoho mai te pouaka whakaata, “I tēnei wā ka huri ki ngā matapae huarere mō āpōpō, tērā te whakatūpato a Te Ratonga Tirorangi, he āwhā, he hau āwhiwhio …” Kātahi ka weto te pouaka whakaata! Ka weto ngā raiti o te whare! Kua pō uriuri.

    Ngaro hirea ana nga tangi o te ao. Matapiko ana te hau awhiowhio i waho, ka tau. PAKO! Keko ana te tiro a Pita i te aro pena o te hitawe. Ka taka te mahana o te whare, kui ana te hau o roto. Pakaru ana tana hamuti i te kitenga o te atarangi a tana Kuia.

    E kui, kaua koe e whakapupuni atu i ngā kokonga o te whare, i whakaaro au ko koe tētahi tangata kōhuru, tata au ki te tioro. Ka kata pai te kuia, ānei te rama e Makere, tērā pea mēnā ka kite koe i tētahi tangata kōhuru, karanga mai, mā tāua ia e whakarau!

    I roto i te matapihi i kitea i tetahi tangata kohuru pera ki nga korero ta kui, “E KUI, E KUI, HAERE MAI!!” I ohorere te tangata engari i haere tonu ki roto i te matapihi ki te tikina i ahau engari ara a kui e patua ana i te tane me tona peke, ka tangohia ia i tona huna kanohi a ka ki ia “Nau tenei whare?” ka whaka utu a kui “ae haere atu kaore koe ka noho ki konei inaeanei!!” ka tiro te tane ki ahau,a, ka patai ia ” He aha tou ingoa e tama?” Kaore ahau ka taea te whakautu, kaore toku waha ka whakae moku ki te whakaputa toku ingoa ki tenei tane.

    “Makere, tiki i taku waea pukoro, waea atu ki te pirihimana. Māku teēnei tangata e wepua… INAIANEI HAERE!”
    Ka oma atu a Makere. Ka hikoi taumaha mai tēnei tangata nui, weriweri ki ahau….”Auē e tama, me pēhea koe e taieritanga i ahau”
    Ka hikina ia i ahau ma taku korokoro…”HA HA HAAAAA, KUA ROA TE WA I TATARI AHAU MO TENEI WA TONU. KUA MATE KATOA TOKU WHANAU, ATU I A KOE….PITA!
    “K – Ko wai koe, p-pehea koe mohio a-ai I ahau?’’ te pakaru haere o toku reo
    “E Pita, ko koe taku tama, ko au….to Papa!”
    “PITA PITA, KARE TE WAEA E KA ANA, KARE TONA HIKO….”

    …….ka aha ināianei?


  • Uncategorized

    Te toa o te rā – Rāapa

    24.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Te toa o te rā – Rāapa

    Tēnei te mihi ki a Tohu Ana-Te-Rangi, ka pai koe, i whai koe i te kōrero i mua tata atu. Ka taka pai ngā whakaaro i a koutou ngā kaituhi!


  • Competition, M?ori Language Week, Māori literature, Uncategorized

    Anō te pai!

    24.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Anō te pai!

    Kua riro i a HAPINA te paraihe angitu a te kaiwhakawā, he rawe tāu tuhituhi īnanahi.
    Ākuanei ka tuku imera ki a koe e Hapina .


  • Competition, M?ori Language Week, Māori literature, Uncategorized

    Māwhai Tuhituhi – Rāpare

    24.07.14 | Permalink | 11 Comments

    Kia ora anō koutou mā

    Ka haere te paki ki wīwī, ka haere te paki ki wāwā, heoi ko te urupounamu, ka haere te paki ki hea i tēnei rā

    He whakataetae te Māwhai Tuhituhi. Kua oti kē ngā whiti e whā, kei a koe te ariā o te whiti tuarima. Āpiti atu tō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, mō ngā rā 21-25 o Hūrae.

    Mēnā ka hiahia koe ki te uru ki te whakataetae haere ki te whārangi o te māwhai tuhituhi, pāngia te pikitia “māwhai tuhi” ki runga rā , āpiti tō tuhi ki te wahanga tuhi ki raro nei rānei.

    Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā hei wini i te taonga o te rā, ki te wikitoria i te taonga nunui pea, ā, ki te hono ki te pakiwaitara mo te whiti o te rā.

    Karawhiua!!! Tuku mai tāu tuhituhi, māu te whiti tuarima pea?

    Ānei te pakiwaitara ……

    Kua horoia ngā rīhi, ka paoho mai te pouaka whakaata, “I tēnei wā ka huri ki ngā matapae huarere mō āpōpō, tērā te whakatūpato a Te Ratonga Tirorangi, he āwhā, he hau āwhiwhio …” Kātahi ka weto te pouaka whakaata! Ka weto ngā raiti o te whare! Kua pō uriuri.

    Ngaro hirea ana nga tangi o te ao. Matapiko ana te hau awhiowhio i waho, ka tau. PAKO! Keko ana te tiro a Pita i te aro pena o te hitawe. Ka taka te mahana o te whare, kui ana te hau o roto. Pakaru ana tana hamuti i te kitenga o te atarangi a tana Kuia.

    E kui, kaua koe e whakapupuni atu i ngā kokonga o te whare, i whakaaro au ko koe tētahi tangata kōhuru, tata au ki te tioro. Ka kata pai te kuia, ānei te rama e Makere, tērā pea mēnā ka kite koe i tētahi tangata kōhuru, karanga mai, mā tāua ia e whakarau!

    I roto i te matapihi i kitea i tetahi tangata kohuru pera ki nga korero ta kui, “E KUI, E KUI, HAERE MAI!!” I ohorere te tangata engari i haere tonu ki roto i te matapihi ki te tikina i ahau engari ara a kui e patua ana i te tane me tona peke, ka tangohia ia i tona huna kanohi a ka ki ia “Nau tenei whare?” ka whaka utu a kui “ae haere atu kaore koe ka noho ki konei inaeanei!!” ka tiro te tane ki ahau,a, ka patai ia ” He aha tou ingoa e tama?” Kaore ahau ka taea te whakautu, kaore toku waha ka whakae moku ki te whakaputa toku ingoa ki tenei tane.

    …….ka aha ināianei?


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    Ka mau te wehi!!

    23.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Ka mau te wehi!!

    Tēnei te mihi ki ngā toa o ngā rā e rua .

    I te Rāhina ko Pihitahi te toa, i te Rātū ko Kere te toa.

    Nga mihi ki a kōrua!


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