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NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2021: YA Finalists!

Yep, it’s that time of year again — the shortlist for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults has finally been announced, and once again, it is excellent. For the books that have been nominated in the children’s categories, check out our post on our sister blog here. But over here at the Teen Blog, we only care about the YA. Read on, and click on the title of each book so you can get your mitts on a copy. Go on, you know you want to.

(Full disclosure — I am actually one of the judges for the Book Awards this year, so we won’t be able to do our traditional personal takes on the books, lest my words be taken as official rulings! Head on over to our friends at The Sapling, or of course the official Book Awards site for some insightful takes on the books featured below!)

Draw me a hero. / Ashworth, N. K

“Jane Dawson is fourteen years old, lives with her mum and older sister, loves drawing and wears an old leather flying helmet. Facing another dull term at school, Jane loses herself in her art. But when a boy, Bailey Summer, moves in three doors down, with brooding good looks and a long grey trench coat, Jane is drawn out of her introspective world. The two collaborate. He writes. She draws. Their friendship grows. Yet there is something odd about Bailey. Is he really who he says he is and why is his writing so disturbing?” (Publisher summary courtesy of Lasavia Publishing)

Fire’s caress : a Telesā world novel / Young, Lani Wendt
“She’s the brilliant sculptor taking the art world by storm, a daughter of Samoa returning home. He’s the fiery remnant of her past, who appears on what should be a night of triumph, weighted with dark secrets that could destroy them both. Can Teuila and Keahi find their way, even as a deadly threat emerges? Because there’s a new power on island, malevolent and hungry. His name is Marc Gold. His billion dollar vision of a virus-free Sanctuary in Samoa for the world’s rich and privileged, threatens to wipe out an ancient settlement of the Aitu and awakens their retribution. There is a battle coming and it is one that could destroy them all.” (Catalogue)

Spycraft / Falkner, Brian
“The astonishing journey of teenager Joseph St George (Katipo Joe) continues. Recruited by MI5, this time Joe is on a mission to infiltrate an elite group of Hitler Youth. In a world where one wrong word could bring catastrophe, he must compete with the other young people for a prize beyond his wildest dreams. But the consequences of failure are torture and death. From the war-torn skies over Germany to the heights of the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s hideaway, this is Joe’s story. Set amidst actual events, Joe’s story is a tale of incredible heroism, unlikely romance and unbearable tragedy.” (Catalogue)

The king’s nightingale / Jordan, Sherryl
“An epic fantasy set in a land of sultans and kings, sumptuous palaces… and slave markets. When Elowen and her brother are seized by pirates and sold, separately, in the slave market of a distant land, Elowen’s enduring resolve is to escape, rescue her brother and return home. Sold to a desert ruler who admires her sublime voice, Elowen is given the title of the King’s Nightingale. Honoured by the king, and loved by his scribe, Elowen lives a life of luxury, until she makes a fateful mistake and finds herself sold to a less charitable master.” (Catalogue)

The pōrangi boy / Kino, Shilo
“Twelve-year-old Niko lives in Pohe Bay, a small, rural town with a sacred hot spring and a taniwha named Taukere. The government plan to build a prison here and destroy the home of the taniwha has divided the community. Some are against it, but others see it as an opportunity. Niko is worried about the land and Taukere, but who will listen to him? He’s an ordinary boy who’s laughed at, bullied, and called pōrangi, crazy, for believing in the taniwha. But it’s Niko who has to convince the community that Taukere is real, unite whānau in protest against the prison and stand up to the bullies.” (Catalogue)

Most Wanted: December 2014

These are what people are most interested in in the Young Adult collection at the moment just now. 2014 has been the year of the movie, but! There is a new entry that doesn’t come with a movie (although it is by a YouTube sensation, so kind of sort of nearly): Girl Online. This deserves a book cover pic, to the right. And we’ll be getting a few more copies.

1. The Maze Runner, James Dashner [no change]
2. The Scorch Trials, James Dashner [no change]
3. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [up 1]
4=. Girl Online: the First Novel by Zoella, Zoe Sugg [new]
4=. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [again, again]
6=. Minecraft: construction handbook [down 3]
6=. Divergent, Veronica Roth [no change]
8=. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [up]
8=. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [up]
10. Paper Towns, John Green [back again]

 

Most Wanted: November 2014

These are the 10-ish most requested Young Adult titles for the month. We have recently got more copies of the Maze Runner series, so good news if you’re waiting to read it or re-read it!

1. The Maze Runner, James Dashner [up 1]
2. The Scorch Trials, James Dashner [new but old]
3. Minecraft: construction handbook [no change]
4. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [down 3]
5=. Minecraft: combat handbook [no change]
5=. The Revenge of Seven, Pittacus Lore [down 1]
7. Four: a Divergent Collection, Veronica Roth [down 1]
8. Divergent, Veronica Roth [up 2]
9. If I Stay, Gayle Forman [down 3]
10=. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [down 1]
10=. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [back]

Most Wanted: October 2014

The Maze Runner recently opened at a movie theatre near you, and it’s currently the second most requested young adult title at Wellington City Libraries. Reserve it now if you haven’t already! Other recent movies include The Giver and If I Stay. We also have a huge collection of books that aren’t movies… yet 😉 Have a look at our new books displays the next time you’re in the library these holidays, or browse through our new books blog posts.

1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
2. The Maze Runner, James Dashner [new and yet oldish]
3. Minecraft: construction handbook [down 1]
4. The Revenge of Seven, Pittacus Lore [up 2]
5. Minecraft: combat handbook [down 1]
6=. Four: a Divergent Collection, Veronica Roth [down 3]
6=. If I Stay, Gayle Forman [down 1]
8. The Giver, Lois Lowry [up 2]
9. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [down 1]
10. Divergent, Veronica Roth [down 3]

Most Wanted: September 2014

This month we’re excited to see a New Zealand book make our most wanted list: hello to Fleur Beale’s I am Rebecca! New movies for old books If I Stay and The Giver mean they’re really popular at the moment also. The good news: Revenge of Seven has arrived, along with extra copies of If I Stay, and also Richelle Mead’s Silver Shadows. We are busily getting these ready for you.

1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
2. Minecraft: construction handbook [no change]
3. Four: a Divergent Collection, Veronica Roth [up 1]
4. Minecraft: combat handbook [down 1]
5. If I Stay, Gayle Forman [new]
6. Revenge of Seven, Pittacus Lore [up 2]
7. Divergent, Veronica Roth [down 3]
8. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [up 1]
9=. I am Rebecca, Fleur Beale [new]
9=. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [back]
10. The Giver, Lois Lowry [new]

Most Wanted: August 2014

These are the 10 most-requested Young Adult titles for August. The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore is being published this month (we should have it in 3 weeks or so), also Four by Veronica Roth is on its way. Good news! This month the Most Wanted list was visited by John Green’s other book, Paper Towns.

1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
2. Minecraft: construction handbook [up 2]
3. Minecraft: combat handbook [up 1]
4. Divergent, Veronica Roth [down 2]
5. Four : a Divergent Collection, Veronica Roth [new]
6. City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare [down 3]
7. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [no change]
8. Revenge of Seven, Pittacus Lore [new]
9=. Paper Towns, John Green [old/new]
9=. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [down 3]
9=. The One, Kiera Cass [down 1]

Most Wanted: July 2014

These are the 10 most-requested Young Adult titles for this month, presided over by John Green. An abundance of John Green.

1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
2. Divergent,Veronica Roth [no change]
3. City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare [no change]
4=. Minecraft: construction handbook [up 1]
4=. Minecraft: combat handbook [up 4]
6. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [no change]
7. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [no change]
8. The One, Kiera Cass [up 1]
9. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green [old but new]
10. Eleanor & Park , Rainbow Rowell [no change]

Other popular soon-to-be-published titles are: Four : A Divergent Collection (Veronica Roth), Revenge of Seven (Pitacus Lore), Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins), The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Michelle Hodkin).

It will be Happily Ever After when Isla and the Happily Ever After is finally published! If you have been waiting for ages for this book you will be pleased to hear we are told it will be produced in August, quite soon…

Also, don’t forget to enter the Fleur Beale giveaway competition!

Most Wanted: June 2014

The Fault in our Stars excitement is here for real and John Green is at the top of the most wanted again. We’re super excited to see Eleanor & Park on the list as this is one of our librarian’s choicest choices too.

1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [up 1]
2. Divergent,Veronica Roth [down 1]
3. City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare [up 1]
4. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak [down 1]
5. Minecraft: construction handbook [up 4]
6. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [down 1]
7. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [down 1]
8. Minecraft: combat handbook [new]
9. The One, Kiera Cass [down 2]
10. Eleanor & Park , Rainbow Rowell [new]

Most Wanted: May 2014

Business is booming for the Young Adult collection (and particularly for Veronica Roth and Minecraft): the first, second and fourth most popular titles in the entire library are Young Adult, so there you go.

1. Divergent,Veronica Roth [up 3]
2. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [down 1]
3. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak [down 1]
4. City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare [down 1]
5. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [back]
6. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [no change]
7. The One, Kiera Cass [down 2]
8. Minecraft: beginner’s handbook, Stephanie Milton [new]
9. Minecraft: construction handbook, Matthew Needler [new]
10. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [down 1]

Other popular titles include more Minecraft, Eleanor & Park, Naruto #66 (66!), and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor, which has just arrived this week.

Most Wanted: April 2014

These are the 10 most reserved Young Adult titles for the month. We now have 2 bestseller copies of The Fault in our Stars at the Central Library (bestsellers are $5.00 for 10 days), so if you’re in town and they’re on the shelf you can grab one.

1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [up 1]
2. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak [down 1]
3. City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare [up 2]
4. Divergent,Veronica Roth [down 1]
5. The One, Kiera Cass [up 4]
6. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [down 2]
6. Looking for Alaska, John Green [up 3]
8. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [back]
9. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [back]
9. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [down 1]

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