NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults Winners

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NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults Winners

At a ceremony at Te Papa last night the winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults was announced. To see the full list of finalists visit our website.

View the finalists for the NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults

Below is the complete list of winners from the night.

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story

By Gavin Bishop

This is a story of nation and of family, illustrating New Zealand's unique place in the world, and showing the landscapes, events and personalities that have built its culture and identity.

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Picture Book Award

I am Jellyfish

By Ruth Paul

Chased to the depths of the bottomless blue. What does a tiny jellyfish do? Jellyfish is quietly crooning in the shallows, when knife-nosed Swordfish swooshes, races and chases her down, down, down, deep into the dark blue sea. At that moment, stealthy Squid stretches a tentacle, tussling and tossing Swordfish in the darkness. Who will help Swordfish?

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Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

How to Bee

By Bren MacDibble

In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony's mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known and all Peony's grit and quick thinking might not be enough to keep her safe.

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Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction

In the Dark Spaces

By Cally Black

Fourteen year old Tamara, is faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her kidnappers. Yet this is no ordinary kidnapping. Tamara has been living on a star freighter in deep space and her kidnappers are terrifying Crowpeople - the only aliens humanity has ever encountered. No-one has ever survived a Crowpeople attack, until now and Tamara must use everything she has just to stay alive. But survival comes at a price and there's no handbook for this hostage crisis.

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Elsie Locke Award for Non-fiction

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story

By Gavin Bishop

Over a thousand years ago, the wind, sea currents and stars brought people to the islands that became known as Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud. this books explores the defining moments of our history, from the Big Bang right through to what might happen tomorrow. Discover Maori legends, layers of meaning and lesser-known facts.

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Russell Clark Award for Illustration

Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts

By Craig Phillips

From Poland to Iceland, Japan to Germany, these ten fairytales from across the globe re-told as comics will have you enthralled. Giants, trolls, witches, beasts, you will encounter them all in this visual feast of a book.

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Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Māori

Tu Meke Tūī!

By Malcolm Clarke, translated by Evelyn Tobin

Tere the Tūī - and Tautū the Takahē are two very different sorts of birds, one loves to flit and twirl about in the sky, while the other prefers to rustle around the undergrowth. Tu Meke Tūī! is a story of friendship, courage and discovering that sometimes it's our differences which make us truly special.

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Best First Book Award

My New Zealand Story: Dawn Raid

By Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith

Like many 13 year-old girls, Sofia's main worries are how to get some groovy go-go boots, and how not to die of embarrassment giving a speech at school! But when her brother Lenny starts talking about marches and protests and overstayers, and how Pacific Islanders are being bullied by the police for their passports and papers, a shadow is cast over Sofia's sunny teenage days. Through her heartfelt diary entries, we witness the terror of being dawn-raided and gain an insight into the courageous and tireless work of the Polynesian Panthers in the 1970s as they encourage immigrant families across New Zealand to stand up for their rights.

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