Fourteen-year-old Ivy falls through a portal into a new world – Ghost Orchid. Scared and alone, she come across a group of teen rebels fighting to save the icy wasteland.
In this strange world, she needs to decide if her friends are really the good-guys or just dangerous; while listening to a slithery voice in her head which promises a way-out -a way home. Will she stay and fight to stop Ghost Orchid and Earth fro descending into chaos?
A children’s novel about fears, acceptance and annoying older brothers.
Grub is absolutely terrified of humans, especially the one his brother says lives under his bed. Grub’s mum says there’s no such thing as humans, but even so, they must never go to the edge of the forest. That’s fine by Grub, until his brother dares him. He can’t refuse a double dare, can he?
Recommended for 6 – 11 years.
6 – Princess Peach and the Wild Weekend by Mary Em
Nanette Sanderson’s life has come to a standstill – or so she thinks. Within days, tragedy arrives on her doorstep which becomes a door opening into a new life and a move to Thornbury, a small town in the south Wairarapa of New Zealand. There she discovers new friends and old, inherits a wool shop along with a mystery and a murder.
For those who enjoy reading cozy mysteries in the style of Donna Andrews, Sally Goldenbaum’s Seaside Knitters, or Joanna Fluke. Set in small towns, with good friends, and amateur sleuthing – this is for you.
What should be happy days of love turn to catastrophe and a reuniting goes astray. Two cousins in love with two brothers, should be simple, except when the Morris family is involved.
When people are desperate to save their reputation, they will stop at nothing to get their way. Nettie and Bob work with Inspector Dowling to solve break-ins and murder, plus the physical attack on Nettie’s shop assistant Mel.
In New Zealand indefinitely and back in the field, Australian intelligence officer Dave Crocker is tasked with locating a missing cryptographer, Tania Bateman.
Working with a private investigator Veronica Tracey, the mysteries surrounding the missing woman and her whereabouts prior to her disappearance pose quandaries. Ronnie’s speciality is finding people. Crockett’s speciality is solving problems. Set in Upper Hutt, New Zealand.
4 – Zac Bingley: Galactic Bureaucrat by D. A. Howe
The Guurundian Empire invades Earth, finding humans useless and unpleasant—until they discover humanity’s gift for paperwork. One thousand years later, Zac Bingley, office worker, is assigned the task of locating the ancient and long-lost Form-001.
Zac, Wex and Corley (a new intern) set off on a space transporter owned by a mysterious pilot who calls himself Dan. While on their enforced adventure, they encounter the strange inhabitants of the Empire while navigating the inefficient galactic wide bureaucracy. For those who enjoy reading Douglas Adams.
Not everyone is able to spend time with friends and family at Christmas. What happens to those alone, in trouble or wanting company at this time of year in the small South Wairarapa town of Thornbury?
A feelgood seasonal novella, that reflects small town commitment to their citizens. In this story we spend time with familiar characters in the Nettie’s Knit Shop Mysteries series, and discover new ones.
6 – Portuguese in Aotearoa 1826–1886 by Hilda McDonnell
Veronica Tracey has quite enough on her plate, with her 94 year old Nana and the Cronies of Doom, her mad cousin’s love life, a retired greyhound, a new Private Investigation company, and a crazy stalker.
She juggles life with a sense of humour and the enduring knowledge that everything is temporary.
Set in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, they say nothing happens here …
8 – Sled Dog Racing in New Zealand by Teresa Angell
Four years of interviewing breeders and mushers while photographing the growing sport of dryland/sled dog racing. Her pictures capture the thrills, the drama – and the hard work – of this compelling and exciting sport.
The NZ Government purchased three Bird class minesweepers and four Isle Class minesweepers. Eleven mine-sweeping trawlers were built in New Zealand along with twelve anti-submarine, B Type Fairmiles. Sixteen Harbour Defence Motor Launches (HDMLs) were also purchased from overseas.
After the war, many of these were retained to work around the New Zealand coast. This is their story as told by those who served in them.
10 – Brigid The Girl from County Clare by Vicky Adin
Brigid, the talented eighteen-year-old lacemaker, flees starvation and poverty in 19th century Ireland to seek a better life in Australia.
Her skill as a lacemaker soon draws attention, but life doesn’t always run smoothly in the harsh new landscape. A new start in New Zealand offers hope – until the day the man who seeks her downfall finds her.
A well researched story that reflects considerable understanding of the attitudes of the era.