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Remembering & commemorating ANZAC Day

This year is unusual and for those of us who like to go to the parades and events, this year we got to do it from the safety of our own property.
Throughout the country, people put poppies in windows, on letterboxes and keeping apart, we came together to maintain the tradition of remembering and commemorating our veterans and service personnel.

It is also a time to reflect on the emotional and physical costs of war, some of the books in our selection do that as they are written by those affected.
A poem by Dennis Hogan from ‘Billy-can Ballads’ (1962, Unity Writers) called ‘Driftwood’ also makes us stop and think again about the aftermath.

ANZAC themed reads can be purchased from our online shop.

A selection of Fiction and non-fiction stories around or about ANZAC.

Stories about or by soldiers, both fiction and non-fiction, with books about or prompted by personal experience.

A selection of books on our website that cover memoirs to fiction series.
Fiction & non-fiction World War 1.
Fiction & non-fiction World War 2.

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Easter at Home

How is everyone in their bubble this Easter? We hope you are all staying safe, and staying at home at this time. With the fine weather, it’s wonderful to sit outside and read, or get some exercise but stay local. 
We are still taking online orders through our website, but will not be able to post them to you until we come out of Level-4 and the NZ Post shops open again.
As the daily numbers lower, it looks as if containment of Covid-19 is working and we anticipate some relaxation in the current restrictions as we move to Level-3, but we are still waiting to hear what that entails.
Meanwhile – Kia Kaha – stay home and let us know how your reading is going.
E-book Novels from NZ Authors and NZ Publishers
Rangitawa Publishing Facebook
Books on Amazon/Kindle 
Orphanage Boys
Between Two Worlds
Merely a Girl
A Distant Belonging
The Youngest Son

Cat Connor – Crime thriller author website
Where to buy the books and what not.Carne Maxwell Author Facebook

Carne Maxwell website for e-books

On Amazon/kindle – The ContestBAM Press Wellington Facebook
BAM Press website
Books on Amazon/kindle
Spiked
Go Gayle Go
Clipped Heels
No Wind
Through facebook we have found NZ author/publisher shares for their e-books and video readings
Just because we can’t send out physical books of these books, that shouldn’t stop you from reading these wonderful stories.

Spies Publishing – Ben reads his story in Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists 

Victoria University Press have a free ebook –  The VUP Home Reader download from FB or the webstore

Short Stories – on Amazon/kindle
Moonlotus Tea: A Science Fiction Short Story by Peril Lloyd 

Musings, Mournings, and Misadventures: A collection of short stories and poems by Stacey Broadbent

‘Morning Report: All Blacks Lose to Australia. Should We Panic?: A Zombie Story’ by Hamish Trolove.
Amazon/kindle or on Smashwords

Lost Angels (A Nettie’s Knit Shop Short Story) by CB Landy

Please note: The shop is currently closed due to Current COVID-19 Alert Level 4.
Books can be purchased online but will not be posted until the Alert Level lowers and NZ Post shops open again.
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Poetry interlude with David Smith

David is a regular contributor to Wellington Access Radio 106.1 Hutt Zone reading poetry.

For our enforced confinement due to Covid-19 and New Zealand being on Alert level 4 lock down, David has kindly send some fun poems for everyone to read. These will be alternated during the weeks but all five are available to download below.

A smile has the power to by David Smith

If your smile is not a smirk,
It is something you can put to work,
Even on those who shirk.

If your smile is genuine,
In no way canine,
The result will be fine.

If your smile is not crooked,
Others will become hooked,
And a positive outcome booked.

If your smile comes from peace of mind,
It will be taken as kind,
And you won’t be fined.

If your smile is given freely,
It will not seem silly,
Even to the tipsy.

If your smile is given as a gift,
It is sure to give others a lift,
Though their mind may be adrift.

Download all the poems as Word documents here:
Lessons from the sandpit
My computer has the Hiccups
Six down six to go
The case of the second jacket
A smile has the power to

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Summer Reading Challenge

Summer holidays, it’s hectic one minute getting ready for Christmas, then it’s quiet with nothing much on the next, unless you are someone who is organised and has a lot of things planned. Let’s face it, we do plan to do it, and then , well, the days just run away and there you are – back at work.

For you – we want to give you and excuse to relax and take time out for yourself , to recharge those batteries ready for the rest of the year.

And for those parents at home with the ‘I’m bored’ crowd, we are referring to children and teens, we want to give you something to challenge them. You can turn it into a competition – who does this first, add your own rules or do reading challenge as a family.

A couple of reading challenges for you
Download and print

Summer Reading Challenge 1

We encourage reading and literacy of all types, and maybe you could have another challenge for the most books read that come from our shop.

Why reading?
The benefits of reading are well known – and include
Mental stimulation
Stress reduction
Knowledge
Vocabulary expansion
Memory improvement
Improved focus and concentration
Prevents depression

There are several blogs about the value – e.g.
The Writing Co-operative – The Benefits of Reading Everyday 
10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

There is also and interesting article on Motivating adolescent male readers a blog from Teachthought.

We would like to hear your summer reading challenge stories – let us know how you are getting on and what books you read that were from our bookshop.
Not sure of what books we have – check our online store.

Happy reading
The team at Writers Plot Bookshop



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Spooky story competition

We had a wonderful time with the scary stories in the spooky story competition for Halloween this year.

Thank you to all who entered, there was some stiff competition.

Winners of the adults section are as follows – (we are arranging for a pdf of the stories to be added to this page which can be downloaded.)

1st. Mike Wolffram – ‘The Station Masters Ghost’

2nd. Hamish Trulove – ‘Canvas’

3rd. Nonen Titi – ‘One Body in Stone’

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Delightful new picture books to grow readers

Delightful stories with illustrations that will keep adults and children enthralled. A powerful gift to give the young generation, by giving them fun, interesting and stimulating books, to develop a lifelong love for reading.

Sam and the Reading Dog by Richard Ward
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
Meg is a smart dog. She helps Sam with his reading. What can Sam do to help Meg in return?
Read more…

Bella’s Fringe by Marie Munro
Ages  3 – 7 years. RRP $25
There is one thing that Bella knows and that is haircuts are out!
The search activities in te reo Maori that appeared in “Nana’s Shed” are extended in this book, plus counting in English and te reo to 20.
Read more…

Kia Kaha the Cathedral Mouse  by Clare Erasmus
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
Kia Kaha lives in the Christchurch Cathedral.
Read more…

Kia Kaha’s Brand New House by Clare Erasmus
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
After the Christchurch earthquake Kia Kaha needs a new home.
Read more…

Kia Kaha’s Christmas Cheer by Clare Erasmus
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
Kia Kaha celebrates Christmas in the new house.
Read more…

Martians Don’t Dance by Donna Preston
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $18
Everyone likes to dance … or do they?
Read more…

Little Dragon Learns How to Breathe Fire by Chia Rubio
Ages 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
Little Dragon sees Daddy Dragon blow a huge fire. He wants to learn how to breathe fire too.
Read more …

Mother Earth and the Quakeia Babies by Michelle Lagatule and Rose Spijkerman
Ages 3 – 10 years. RRP $25.
Colouring and Activity book $20. Purchase the two together for $40

Disaster education through the eyes of a child.  Read more…

Colouring and Activity book to help children express themselves. Read more…

Remember the Brave by Forrest Chambers and Lena Chambers
Ages 8 – 12 years. RRP $20
In 1917, a young man from New Zealand signs up for an adventure and goes to war in France.
Read more…

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Fantastic new children’s books (7+ years) for Christmas

Exciting new children’s and pre-teen books have arrived at the shop, just in time for Christmas presents or something for your avid reader over the school holidays.

 

The Trespassers Club by Helen Vivienne Fletcher. RRP $20
Trespassers Club was just supposed to be a game, but sometimes going places you shouldn’t has consequences.
Age: 8+ Read more…

The World of Greek Mythology by Ben Spies. RRP $21
From Titans to Olympians, 11 year old Ben, writes his action-packed version of some of the most thrilling tales from Greek mythology.
Age: 10 + Read more…

Fire! by Anne McDonell. RRP $21
Can Flip and Jackson reach a compromise and work together to catch the culprit before someone is seriously hurt? Age: 8+ Read more…

Ezaara by Eileen Mueller. RRP $26
A dragonet’s past murder throws Ezaara into a war between dragons and the monsters enslaving Dragons’ Realm. Age 11+ Read more…

Attack of the Giant Bugs by A.J. & Eli Ponder. RRP $20
YOU are Greenville’s only hope. Choose which path you take. Beware…there is danger. Fail or succeed.
Age: 8+ Read more…

When Words Die by Jenni Francis (Keri Series Book 6). RRP $18
With red hair and fair skin, Chloe stands out for all the wrong reasons at her new school.
Age:10+ Read more…

No Way Back by Alan Whitaker. RRP $20
When 12 year old Noah follows his brother into a cave they enter a parallel world. How do they get back?
Age 9 + Read more…

Greenstone Mystery by Lynley Smith. RRP $20
Six children from New Zealand are suddenly transported back in time to an ancient Israel.
Age 10+ Read more…

A Catastrophe of Gigantic Proportions by Shirley Corlett  RRP $23
Angie Danwoolly hears her family intend to sell their 115 year old house, for the resident ghost, 12 year old Hilda, it is a catastrophe.
Age 9+ Read more…

Fangtastic Dragon Jokes and Clawsome Limericks complied by Eileen Mueller. RRP $15
Yo’ dragon jokes, dragons in love, hungry dragons, fiery dragons, dragons in battle and more. Roll your eyes, groan or burst out laughing. Read more…

Quest by AJ Ponder. RRP $25
Sylvalla has escaped from the castle, she is not alone. The companions set out on adventures, but adventures can bite back.
Age 10+ Read more…

The Adventures of Sandy by Pearl Jackson. RRP $16
Three adventures of Sandy, a poodle bichon cross, in his new home.
Age 6-8 years Read more…

 

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Our staff Picks for Mother’s Day

Mothers Day this Sunday 13th May and what better way to say to mum that she is appreciated than to spoil her with books and some time for herself to read.
We asked some of our volunteers and frequent buyers what they recommend or what they would like to get for Mothers’ Day. We hope you can find some inspiration among the picks – either for yourself, or for a woman in your life that deserves a treat.

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Book, Chocolate and Wine Pairings – Perfect for a relaxing weekend

As book lovers and avid readers, we ask – What’s better than a good book? A good book paired with the perfect glass of wine, and favourite chocolate deliciousness of course. However, we also know that all books are best consumed with cheese, but we are leaving that for another day.

Not a wine drinker? Then we have some alternatives further down the page –

There is no wrong or right way of doing this, and here are a few to get you started…

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