JUNIOR FICTION

 
 

Glitterwing's Book week Blunder

Illustrated by Kirsten Richards

Published by Scholastic

Shhh ... Not for parents! You can keep a secret, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, glitter-twinkly, flying horses - and they're real! It's true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much trouble. Who would have thought Book Week could end up such a magical mess!

The first in the Miniwings series, adorably illustrated in full colour by the extremely fabbo Kirsten Richards. Superdoochie!

Storylines Notable Book Award, 2018

DEMOLITION

Illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Published by Walker Books

Swing the ball. Swing the ball.

Thump and smash and whack.

Bring the top floors tumbling down.

BANG! CLANG! CRACK!

Wrecking balls, crushers, dust and noise galore as an old building is demolished to make way for a playground! A companion to Roadworks.

Storylines Notable Book Award, 2013

"Another visually and verbally emphatic delight for younger readers who are stuck on trucks" - John Peters, Booklist

CONSTRUCTION

Illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Published by Walker Books

Hoist the wood. Hoist the wood.

Chain and hook and strap.

Swing it round, then lower it down.

THONK! CLONK! CLAP!

The third book in the Roadworks and Demolition series, Construction offers more noisy fun, this time at a busy building site. And what are the construction workers building? A library, of course!
 

Storylines Notable Book Award, 2015

Finalist, New Zealand Children's Book Awards (picture book category), 2015

Whizz's Internet Oopsie

Illustrated by Kirsten Richards

Published by Scholastic

Shhh ... Not for parents! You can keep a secret, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, whizzie-whooshy, flying horses - and they're real! It's true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much trouble. Who would have thought a computer game could lead to such classroom chaos?

The second book in the Miniwings series. 

Oceana's Kitty Catastrophe

Illustrated by Kirsten Richards

Published by Scholastic

Shhh ... Not for parents! You can keep a secret, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, whizzie-whooshy, flying horses - and they're real! It's true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much trouble. Who would have thought a weekend at Nana's could lead to a complete kitty catastrophe!

The third book in the Miniwings series.

 

Ambulance! ambulance!

Illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Published by Walker Books

Squash-a-creaka

Splosh-a-squeaka

What's at work? Here's a clue:

It will roll the ground for you.

Roller! Roller! Coming through!

Storylines Notable Book Award, 2019

The Cat From Muzzle

Illustrated by Scott Tulloch

Published by Penguin Random House

Dwayne is a rumble-tumble tabby cat who knows where he belongs - up on the farm at Muzzle Station. So, when he's taken to live far away in the town of Kaikoura, what's a cat to do? Shake the dust off his paws and start walking, of course! The trouble is, home is a VERY long way away...

The true story of a high-country cat's incredible walk home!

Firestorm's Musical Muck-Up

Illustrated by Kirsten Richards

Published by Scholastic

Shhh... Not for parents! You can keep a secret, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, oopsie-whoopsie, flying horses - and they're real! It's true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much trouble. Who would have thought a music concert could be so alarming!

The fourth book in the Miniwings series.

Comet's Cross-Country Crime

Illustrated by Kirsten Richards

Published by Scholastic

Shhh... Not for parents! You can keep a secret, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, zippy-zoomy, flying horses - and they're real! It's true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much trouble. Who would have thought a cross-country race could be such a disaster!

The fifth book in the Miniwings series.

Moonlight the Unicorn's High Tea Hiccup

Illustrated by Kirsten Richards

Published by Scholastic

Shhh... Not for parents! You can keep a secret, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, zippy-zoomy, flying horses - and they're real! It's true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much trouble, especially that razzly-dazzly unicorn, Moonlight!

The sixth book in the Miniwings series - watch out for the Miniwings Christmas special: Christmas Ballet Tinsel Tangle, coming in 2020!

Short-listed in the New Zealand Children's Book Awards 2020, Junior Fiction Section

 

Diary of a Sea Lion

Illustrated by Dave Gunson

Published by Scholastic

I am the Cry Baby of the Beach. I am the Wimp of the Water. And I am not going in the sea. End of story.

When you're a sea lion too scared to swim, you get a fair bit of teasing. So instead, the Wuss of the Waves makes up exciting stories of sealers, shipwrecks and castaways. But when she finds herself in real danger, will she be brave enough to escape?

Diary of a Frog

Illustrated by Dave Gunson

Published by Scholastic

Can I help it if I'm beautiful? Can I help it if I'm talented? What can I do? I was hatched like this.

This is the hilarious diary of a young frog desperate to win the role of human princess in her school production of The Frog Prince. She's sure she's pretty enough (she has more warts than any other girls in class), but will she ever overcome her terrifying case of stage fright?

Diary of a Bat

Illustrated by Dave Gunson

Published by Scholastic

Outside the roost, the Shining begins. Then I hear something. It sounds like birdsong, but it can't be. No one goes out in the Shining, not without being frizzled... do they?

In this young bat's diary of life in his colony, everything is in reverse. School is held at night, you sleep upside down (and in the daytime), and you don't – ever – go out in the Shining. But our little bat is curious... dare he venture outside in daylight?

Diary of a Pukeko

Illustrated by Dave Gunson

Published by Scholastic

The Rail family is in mourning. Today is the fifth anniversary of the death of Great-Uncle Perky, whose life was tragically cut short by a pink Fiat Bambina outside the tearooms on State Highway One north of Wellsford.

Life in the wetlands is humorously told through the diary of a young pukeko, embarrassed about his patchy feathers (he's moulting), but determined to win the favour of the gorgeous Indigo Tuk-Tuk.

 
 

Charlotte FrisBee and the Slime Attack

Illustrated by Philip Webb

Published by Penguin (Kiwibite). Out of print.

At first there's only shadows and flickering shapes, but then something in the corner moves. I catch it in the torchlight and gasp.

Charlotte Frisbee is president of a secret club called PAWS (the Perfectly Amazing Word Society). But one day, strange things start to happen around the school. Where did the stinky green slime come from? Who stole the S's from the school sign and ripped the S section out of the dictionary?

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