Author – Allison Rushby
Age – 9+
Flossie is only 12 but has a very important job. She is the Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery in London. WWII is raging around them, with bombs dropped every night, which makes her job quite difficult. As Turnkey, she is responsible for keeping the thousands of people buried at Highgate – at peace.
Flossie herself is also a ghost and can travel around London and even further afield just by thinking of the place. It is one night from St Paul’s Cathedral that she sees someone who shouldn’t be in London. He shouldn’t even exist. The German Soldier she sees is defying the rules of the dead as he hatches a plot to win the war.
With only her ghost friends to help, they follow the SS Officer to try and prevent him causing trouble. Along the way she discovers he is connected to her own past. Now that all of London’s cemetery’s are at risk, not to mention the entire country, she doesn’t know who to trust among the dead. Can Flossie stop him in time?
(Ghost, Friends, WWII, Cemetery, Grief)
Author / Illustrator – Craig S Phillips
Age – 9+ (Graphic Novel)
This graphic novel is another fantastic Kiwi creation. 10 stories based on myths and legends from around the world, take the reader into forests, across oceans, through icy mountains and down a magical well.
Just like the stunning cover of this book, every page is rich with illustrations whether double page spreads or many to a page. Dragons, Polar Bears, Witches and Gods challenge the children in each story. Will they defeat them? Can they survive?
A fabulous production and already hugely popular with young graphic novel fans.
(Kiwi, Graphic Novel, Myths, Legends, Baba Yaga, Thor, Snow White, New Zealand, Scary, Dragons, Animals, Courage)
Author – Maxine Hemi
Illustrator – Andrew Burdan
Age – 8+ (Graphic Novel)
A Taniwha has wreaked havoc on many maori villages over the years. A young warrior is sure he can defeat this beast once and for all, but is warned by an old woman who lost her entire village, to be be wary.
This Taniwha is looking for his sister Parikawhiti and travels from Hawkes Bay to Wairarapa, inhaling whole seal herds and flocks of birds along the way. Can the warrior trick the Taniwha into his trap with many warriors waiting nearby to attack?
The beautiful atmospheric illustrations add depth and scale to this tale. Ngarara Huarau is a Finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Book awards for Children & Young Adults.
(Graphic Novel, Action, Battle, Myth, Maori, Warrior, Bravery, Courage, Monster)
Author / Illustrator – James Davidson
Age – 10 +
Kiwi Pukupuku and Possum Von Tempsky are all about adventure. The first of 3 tales in this new graphic novel is kicked off when they see a lizard egg being sold illegally. When they try to find where it came from, they stumble across the original thieves, the Bacon Brothers. The tricky part is when the egg breaks and Possum suddenly becomes a baby lizard’s favourite person with a very large, angry mum wanting him back!
2) Sent out on a mission by the Governor, Kiwi tells Possum a legend of the geothermal area they are travelling through – Hatupatu was the youngest of three brothers. Fate has him facing an evil bird woman called Karangatuku who captures him and takes him to her lair….. Little do Possum and Kiwi know that the legend is still alive and angry, and right behind them.
3) Another adventure Taonga in Trouble takes the duo an another adventure with mythical creatures in colonial New Zealand.
For nearly a decade James Davidson has worked on Moa, researching local legends and combining native creatures, real people, maori legends and adventure in this funny graphic novel.
(Fantasy, Myth, legend, Maori, Bravery, Humour, Historical, Friendship)
Author – Lauren Wolk
Age – 12+
Crow was found as a tiny baby in a boat set adrift among a group of islands. She was found and raised by a man she calls Osh. He is a man of little words, but he is wise and kind and has a past of his own that he never speaks of. No one on the islands knew where Crow came from but she is shunned just in case she came from the leper colony nearby.
As Crow has grown, her desire to know her roots has too, and when she sees a fire on the old leper colony island, she wants to investigate. But her curiosity brings more than the answers she seeks. Attempted murder, possible siblings, clues left among graves and abandoned places, and a treasure a madman is seeking.
This is a story about belonging, knowing where you come from and loving those who raised you as family, whether they’re blood or not. Another stunning story from this wonderful storyteller. By the author of Wolf Hollow.
(Mystery, Family, Blended Family, Action, Courage, Leper, History, Prejudice)
Author – Adrian Edmondson
Illustrator – Danny Noble
Age – 6+
Tilly’s dad is an inventor. One night she is woken by a loud bang and showers of sparks. Her dad had invented a time machine. When he tries to show her how it works, it breaks down. With a promise to show her in the morning, he sends her back to bed.
But Dad isn’t there in the morning – or after school. Tilly knows she has to go and find him. Dad has programmed interesting times and events through history into the machine and Tilly follows him onto a ship being cannonballed, a world cup football match, up victorian chimneys and to her own 6th birthday party. Will she ever catch up to him?
With B&W illustrations throughout and written by a master UK comedian and actor, Tilly’s tale is fun, dangerous and sweet as she searches for her dad and remembers her mum.
(Humour, School, Science, Time Travel, One-parent Family)
Author/Illustrator – Andy Riley
Age – 7+
Edwin is trying to eat his boring vegetables (a new rule by Minister Jill to stop Edwinland subjects eating so much junk food), when he hears someone crying for help. An old hermit called Baxter runs into town yelling about a terrible monster that has gobbled up his goats and cow. It’s called a Voolith.
Edwin – sick of his vegetables, and wanting to be a true king (who doesn’t have to eat vegetables) announces that he will go and defeat this Voolith in single combat (not actually knowing what that means.) But Emperor Nurbison (from Nurbisonia next door), sees another chance to defeat Edwin and takeover Edwinland. And if he can get Edwin gobbled up by a Voolith, all the better!
Another zany, wacky adventure with King Flashypants Edwin and his crew. Super funny with hilarious illustrations.
(Humour, Kingdom, Jousting, Monster, Courage, Quest)