The conflict in Malaysia during and after World War Two, as seen from the perspectives of a Kiwi soldier (Peter) and a Chinese Malay freedom fighter (Ng).
Against a background of culture clash and political and individual conflicts, two young men are drawn inexorably together as victims and products of the Malay conflic... read more
Set in NZ 20-odd years in the future, corporations have carved up resources for themselves, leaving the local population disconnected from the land and living with water and food shortages, depleted oil and gas supplies, climate change effects and a divided and impoverished society where only those at the top have any wealth ... read more
Finn's druggie Dad is on trial for manslaughter, and so Finn is sent away to an exclusive boarding school to remove him from the small-town gossip machine. At first he feels a bit like a fish out of water, but soon makes some good friends, and even scores with the much-lusted-after Mia, who plays in the symphonic band with hi... read more
Freia Lockhart has all the ingredients for an awesome summer: great new friends, an extremely kissable boyfriend, plans for New Year's Eve (which don't include her parents) and no school. But when her mum reveals some devastating news Freia's plans are crushed in an instant.
Mel is short, stroppy and never knows when to keep her mouth shut. When Mel storms out of school she sees it as an escape - from a past and present too messy to deal with. But standing up for yourself is one thing; facing the consequences is quite another.
An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year.
In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant undergro... read more
Forthcoming, January 2013
Continuing in the post apocalyptic theme, Wool by Hugh Howey is set in the far distant future when all humans live in huge underground silos. Completely isolated from each other, the silos take care of criminal... read more
Ruby Yarrow is a 14 year old who lives in a busy, loving, chaotic family with her mum, stepdad, brother and two little stepbrothers. Ruby feels a bit like a doormat - she has to help out in the family a lot while her brother doesn't. He wins lots of prizes at school and she has a learning difficulty and needs a reader/writer ... read more
Eleven-year-old Arn is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They're walking into one of the most tragic moments of history: "The Killing Fields". Music will save him. Hope, luck and kindness will save him. This is his story. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achi... read more
Lizzie, Betsey and Ella are no ordinary triplets. Born as part of an illegal cloning program, the girls were forced into hiding when the program was uncovered. To avoid being taken away, the girls have lived as one girl ever since. Living a third of a life can suck. Imagine having to consult your sisters before choosing your ... read more
Some rivers should not be swum in. Some rivers hold secrets than can never be told.
When Te Arepa Santos is dragged into the river by a giant eel, something happens that will change the course of his whole life. The boy who struggles to the bank is not the same as the one who plunged in, moments earlier. He has brushed... read more
The past lives of Bess Gray catch up with her in this passionate YA story by a NZ Post Children's Book Award-winner. On the night of her 17th birthday Bess Grey sees images of a witch-burning unfold in front of her as if in a movie. She also sees images of lovers from a different time and she's sure the girl is herself. When ... read more
A new young adult's novel from Fleur Beale is always a reason to celebrate. This astute writer rarely puts a foot wrong. The Boy in the Olive Grove is compelling and perfect for the 15+ age group. Following the trials and tribulations of Bess Grey, you will be hooked from the start. Bess, expelled from her Auckland boarding s... read more
'My Dear Mother, Well, I've gone and done it. I've joined the Army! Don't be angry at me, Mother dear. I know you were glad when I wasn't chosen in the ballot. But some of my friends were, and since they will be fighting for King and Country, I want to do the same.'
1916-1917: The biggest war the world has known is ragi... read more
|Author:||John van de Ruit|
After an unexpected and diabolical farewell breakfast conversation with his father, Spud Milton returns to boarding school for his 1993 Matric year, his last as a schoolboy. Armed with a prefects' tie and a raging libido, Spud soon discovers that being a large(ish) fish in a small pond has its fair share of challenges. He fin... read more
Dark forces are unleashed by the intense passion of one young dancer in a dark, seductive and highly dramatic thriller.
Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly - and she must be very carefu... read more
Forthcoming YA, February 2013
After saving his brother, Jacob Reckless faces death from the fairy's curse burning in his heart. In search of a cure he returns to the Mirrorworld, where he is reunited with Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting girl. He has one more chance: a golden crossbow, with the power to both save and destroy life, buried in a dead king' to... read more
Forthcoming, January 2013
2113. In Jenna Strong's world, ACID - the most brutal, controlling police force in history - rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed - or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember. The only female inmate in a violent high-secur... read more
What happens when we die?
This has been the third question on mankind's faq list since the dawn of time (numbers one and two being: Is this edible? and Excuse me, would you care to breed? ). I know what happens. Believe me, I'd rather not. But I do. There is a lighthouse, and it guides our souls along the narrow path ... read more
|Author:||Stephanie Comtesse De Segur/Smee|
From the author of The Fleurville Trilogy comes another delightful French classic translated for the English market! A Room at Guardian Angel Inn, opens with two young, lost boys sleeping under a tree next to the side of the road deep in the French countryside. A soldier returning from the Crimean War finds them and brin... read more
The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy. But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is ser... read more
Sixteen-year-old Sera is the only survivor of an explosion on a plane. She wakes up in hospital to find that she has no memory. The only clue to her identity is a mysterious boy who claims she was part of a top-secret science experiment. The only adult she trusts insists that she shouldn't believe anything that anybody tells ... read more