Tag Archives: Young Adult fiction

Love, Fantasy and Magic

Winning YA novels

Love, fantasy and magic are the common themes between two of the winning categories of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults announced last night – Best Young Adult Fiction and Best First Book. For a full list of all the winners see here.

The Best Young Adult Fiction prize went to Elizabeth Knox for Mortal Fire, described by Paula Green as “a story of love, desire, friendship and teenage turning points, yet it is much more. It is also a story of politics – the lengths a community will go to stop a hydro dam flooding their precious Zarene Valley. It is a story of outsiderness, whether through the colour of one’s skin, abilities or bloodline. Above all, it is a story of trust.” She goes on to say that “Knox writes with such a graceful hand that the story (despite its mist, steam and smoke) reverberates with exquisite clarity.”
The Best First Book award went to R.L. Stedman for A Necklace of Souls, a book that won the Storylines Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction in 2012, and already has an average rating of 3.83 stars (out of five) on Goodreads.

Rachel enjoyed researching for A Necklace of Souls and surprisingly “read a lot of books about things like knife fighting and breadmaking” in the process, which she recorded in the form of a research board on Pinterest. Last year when she was asked what was the best thing about being a writer, she replied, “You get to write :). Most writers seem to really like finding out new things. I think most writers are little like ‘fact magpies’ we get to learn new stuff every day and we can call it ‘research.’ For example, through writing A Necklace of Souls, I learned a lot about knife fighting. I read a whole lot (and watched a lot of you-tube videos) about Kali knife fighting, which is from the Philippines. And I know how long an English longbow is – over seven foot. That is taller than most men. Do you know, if you use a long bow a lot, the bones in one arm grow heavier than the other? Skeletons of archers have bigger left arm-bones than the right. That is why writing is so cool, you get to learn random stuff every day. (Makes you good in quizzes, too!)”
Mrs H.

Brian Falkner – Action from Go to Whoa!

Task ForceJust read the latest from Brian Falkner last night – Recon Team Angel Task Force. What a read! There’s no let-up from beginning to end. It is 2031, and the Angel Team are off on another mission behind enemy lines to try to save the world from the Bzadians. Their job? To prepare the way for a multinational task force to invade the alien homeland in the heart of Australia, now called New Bzadia. Things do not exactly go as planned, but the mission certainly leads to an exciting and unexpected ending. 

Well worth a read for those who like their reading full-on! If you’ve not caught up with this series already, look out the first book, Recon Team Angel Assault. And it seems there is a third to follow – Recon Team Angel Ice War – according to the following book trailer:

Mr F

Recon Team Angel: Assault – Brian Falkner’s latest

With this novel Brian Falkner joins the ranks of Robert Muchamore, John Marsden and Anthony Horowitz, and it promises to be the first of a series of full-on action/war thrillers for young adults.

Set in 2030, the world has been taken over by alien invaders, the Bzadians, who have gradually infiltrated to Earth from their dying planet since the 1940s, landing first in Australia, then gradually taking over the large land masses of Asia, Africa and Europe. All that stops their full world occupation is the determined resistance from the forces of North and South America, and New Zealand – in particular, Recon Team Angel, a multi-national group of highly trained and well-equipped teenage soldiers.

The action begins from the first page, and doesn’t stop. This is a real page-turner, and the sequels are bound to be just as action-packed as this first volume. Brian Falkner has created a mix of credible teenage characters, fast-moving plot, and high-tech war gadgetry which is sure to appeal.

Watch for the sequel (s)!

Mr F

Michael Grant – Plague

Remember Michael Grant from his visit to King’s in Term 4 last year?
Book 4 of his popular supernatural series, “Gone”, is about to arrive in our library.
Have you read all the books already in the series?
And now “Plague”.
With two more yet to come – “Fear” and “Light”.
Here’s the book trailer for “Plague”.


I Am Number Four

Yes, we have the book!

Read it , using this “Browse Inside” link before you see the film, which has not had the best of reviews.




Here’s a book trailer:

Here’s the first official film trailer:

And here's the second:


New Books in Stock

Just three of the 67  latest editions to the fiction collection. More to follow… happy reading!

2011 Book Awards Finalists – Young Adult Fiction Category

The finalists in the New Zealand Post Office Children’s Book awards for 2011 were announced last week. The Young Adult Fiction finalists are:







“Three of the finalist books in the Young Adult Fiction category are set in post-apocalyptic worlds. These imagined settings also reflect many thought-provoking current issues, such as climate change, the after-effects of war, fanatical rulers and the power of mass media,” the judges say.

We have them all in the library. Reserve your choice/s.

Grey Wolves – by Robert Muchamore

The latest in the “Henderson Boys” series. Be sure to reserve your place in the queue for this one!