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New Zealand Book Awards for Children

The winners for the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were recently announced. Below are the winners for all the categories.

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

Atua: Māori gods and heroes by Gavin Bishop 398.2 BIS

Before the beginning there was nothing. No sound, no air, no colour: nothing. TE KORE, NOTHING. No one knows how long this nothing lasted because there was no time. However, in this great nothing there was a sense of waiting. Something was about to happen. Meet the gods, demigods and heroes of the Māori world, and explore Aotearoa's exciting legends from the Creation to the Migration.

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Picture Book Award

Lion Guards the Cake by Ruth Paul

Lion is full of pride when it comes to guarding his home and when the birthday cake has been made for the next day's celebrations, he goes where he is needed most ... to guard the cake. But in the morning, the household awakes to a chaotic scene. What happened when Lion was guarding the cake?

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Award for Junior Fiction

The Memory Thief by Leonie Agnew

Seth has been trapped behind the iron bars of the public gardens for as long as he can remember. By day he's frozen as a statue of a shepherd boy, but as soon as the sun sets he roams the park, ravenously hungry. He is a troll, and the food he seeks is human memories. Then he meets Stella. There's something so different about her - Seth doesn't want her memories. He simply wants to talk to her. But there's someone else in the garden who sees Stella as a threat...and a meal ... What is Stella trying to forget? What are the memories that Seth is piecing together? And will he ever escape the lonely garden and start truly living?

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Young Adult Fiction Award

Learning to Love Blue by Saradha Koirala

With Vox Pop and high school behind her, 18-year-old Paige arrives in Melbourne with her suitcase and bass guitar; a copy of Bob Dylan's Chronicles and Joni Mitchell's Blue - a gift from her estranged mother that she's still learning to love. Following in the footsteps of her musical heroes, all of whom left home to make it in 1960s New York, Paige knows Melbourne's the new rock and roll capital of the world: if she can't make it here, she can't make it anywhere. Besides, her high school crush Spike has been living here for a year. After the initial excitement, Paige struggles in the big city. Record stores aren't hiring and she can't get a good night's sleep. Not to mention the added stress of housemates behaving oddly. When things finally do fall into place, Paige gets a call from home: her mum is ill again. Paige needs to go home for this, but leaving her bands and the life she's been setting up - even briefly - seems impossible. Paige has always had music, but realises she has much to learn about relationships: how to be vulnerable and how to be blue.

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Award for Non-fiction

Atua: Māori gods and heroes by Gavin Bishop 398.2 BIS

Before the beginning there was nothing. No sound, no air, no colour: nothing. TE KORE, NOTHING. No one knows how long this nothing lasted because there was no time. However, in this great nothing there was a sense of waiting. Something was about to happen. Meet the gods, demigods and heroes of the Māori world, and explore Aotearoa's exciting legends from the Creation to the Migration.

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Illustration Award

Atua: Māori gods and heroes by Gavin Bishop 398.2 BIS

Before the beginning there was nothing. No sound, no air, no colour: nothing. TE KORE, NOTHING. No one knows how long this nothing lasted because there was no time. However, in this great nothing there was a sense of waiting. Something was about to happen. Meet the gods, demigods and heroes of the Māori world, and explore Aotearoa's exciting legends from the Creation to the Migration.

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Te Reo Māori

I Waho, I Te Moana by Yvonne Morrison

Out in the moana, underneath the sparkling sun, lived a mother sea lion and her little pup one... A playful retelling of the much-loved traditional story, Over in the Meadow. This companion title to Morrison’s Down in the Forest features fascinating and lovable creatures from the seas that surround these islands of ours.

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Best First Book Award

Spark Hunter by Sonya Wilson

Over a million hectares of wild bush-clad land and one young hunter ... Nissa Marshall knows that something is hiding deep in the forests of Fiordland National Park - she's seen their lights in the trees. But what are they, and why does no one else seem to notice them? When Nissa abandons her school camp to track down the mysterious lights, she finds herself lost in a dangerous wonderland. But she's not the only one in danger - the bush and the creatures are under threat too - and she wants to help. What can a school kid do where adults have failed, and can she find her way back? In Fiordland, the lost usually stay lost. Spark Hunter is an epic Kiwi adventure-fantasy - a story of survival in one of the world's last great wildernesses.

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