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Mercury Bay author among 2014 LIANZA Childrens Book Awards finalists

Mercury Bay author among 2014 LIANZA Childrens Book Awards finalists

Mercury Bay author, Des Hunt are among the 2014 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards finalists announced today.

The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards acknowledge excellence in junior fiction, young adult fiction, illustration, non fiction and te reo Māori.

Judges were delighted to see publishers backing non-fiction in the print form. Quality productions and a usefulness derived from good research and compilation has resulted in a list of finalists that are a pleasure to take home, to refer to constantly and to share in a way that supersedes an online experience.

The finalists are -

LIANZA Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award

  • Dunger by Joy Cowley, (Gecko Press)
  • Brave Company by David Hill, (Penguin Books)
  • Project Huia by Des Hunt, (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe, (Random House New Zealand)
  • A Winter’s Day in 1939 by Melina Szymanik, (Scholastic New Zealand)

LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award

  • Recon Team Angel, Book 3: Ice War by Brian Falkner, (Walker Books Australia)
  • Dear Vincent by Mandy Hager, (Random House New Zealand)
  • When We Wake by Karen Healey, (Allen & Unwin)
  • Bugs by Whiti Hereaka, (Huia NZ Ltd)
  • Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox, (Gecko Press)
  • Cattra’s Legacy by Anna Mackenzie (Random House New Zealand)

LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award

  • Bruiser and the Big Snow by Gavin Bishop, (Random House New Zealand)
  • Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, (Walker Books Australia)
  • Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa, illustrated by Martin D. Page (National Treasures Design Ltd trading as Tania & Martin)
  • The Teddy Bear’s Promise by Diana Noonan, illustrated by Robyn Belton, (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • Henry’s Map by David Elliot (Random House New Zealand)

LIANZA Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award

  • Wearable Wonders by Fifi Colston, (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, (Walker Books Australia)
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand, by Paul Adamson, (Random House New Zealand)
  • Anzac Day, The New Zealand Story, What it is and why it matters by Philippa Werry, (New Holland Publishers (NZ)

LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori)

  • Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa, illustrated by Martin D. Page (National Treasures Design Ltd trading as Tania & Martin)
  • Meariki by Helen Pearse-Otene, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, (Huia NZ Ltd)
  • Pūao (series) Te Pātiki, Te Mānawa, Te Whai, Te Tāmure by Huia Publishers, (Huia NZ Ltd)
  • Tāhoe: He Pakiwaitara mō Hinemoa rāua ko Tūtānekai by Chris Szekely and Andrew Burdan, (Huia NZ Ltd)
  • Ngā Kaitiaki a Tama! By Kawata Teepa and Jim Byrt, (Huia NZ Ltd)

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