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NZ Book Awards finalists for 2017 have been announced!

07.06.17 | Comment?

And what an amazing selection of titles and authors have been chosen this year! Take a look at the list of finalists in the young adult category in our list below and add them to your reading list! You can read more about these finalists and those in the other categories on the NZ Book Awards website.

Syndetics book coverComing home to roost / Mary-Anne Scott.
“Elliot is on the run from a situation that’s just too big to handle. Sooner or later, though, it’s going to catch up with him. The question is, will he turn and face it head on – or will he let it run him over?” (Library catalogue)

 

 

Image from Fishpond.co.nz1916 : dig for victory / author, David Hair.
“They barely know each other, Māori and Pakeha, traumatized veterans and wide-eyed new recruits, thrown together from all corners of New Zealand, a country so young it barely conceives of itself as a nation. But they’ve arrived in a war like no other: the Great War, a maelstrom of fire, poison gas, artillery, and newly created weapons like aircraft and tanks. They’re armed only with their picks and shovels. They are the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion, they’re going to dig their way into history, yard by yard.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverLike nobody’s watching / L.J. Ritchie.
“Like Nobody’s Watching is a young adult novel that follows Oscar and his friends at their Wellington high school when they hack into the school’s new surveillance system to get evidence to stop bullies from harassing his friend’s little brother. But the power this brings them goes to their heads and they unknowingly go from being the hero to bullies themselves when they release footage that they shouldn’t have. Discusses the highly-debated topic of surveillance and its effect on conformity in a real-life context.” (Library catalogue)

Image from Fishpond.co.nzShooting stars : the private diary of Egan (Bush) Tucker and other stuff / compiled by his friend J.T. ; written by Brian Falkner.
“In 15 years, Egan Tucker has spoken to no one but his mother … Escaping from an abusive husband, Moana (Moma) took baby Ethan to live in the Coromandel bush. For 15 years, Moma taught Egan to survive, and instilled in him her code for a good life. A chance meeting with a DOC deer culler (JT) while out hunting, results in Ethan finding his first friend. And when Moma goes to get supplies one day and never returns, Ethan decides to head to Auckland to get help from his mother’s friend – and also to try and find JT. But Egan finds that survival amongst the streetkids of Auckland is nothing like living in the bush … and he is unprepared for the tragedy that awaits.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe severed land / Maurice Gee.
“From the high reaches of a tree, Fliss watches the soldiers attempting yet again to break through the invisible wall. Amid the explosions, a drummer boy tries to escape. As he is about to be shot, Fliss reaches through the wall and pulls him to safety. But Fliss is dismayed to find she has saved an overfed rich boy. She is even more dismayed to learn that she must accompany him back through the wall on a special mission to rescue the Nightingale. The world they have to travel through is a perilous one, full of predatory thieves, slave masters, beggars, dippers, mudlarks, drain-sliders, spies and wall-men. It is a world where the ruling families are caught up in a lethal power struggle. Will Fliss and the despised drummer boy learn to trust each other? Who is the Nightingale? And will they all make it back alive?” (Library catalogue)


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