Thursday, June 13, 2024

Books: A Mixed Bag

The Girl with the Red Hair

No ordinary girl, Hannie Schaft refused to bow her head to oppression, as this page-turner confirms. Based on the true story of a young woman who became a freedom fighter with the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War, this book provides a unique perspective on war and its impact on civilians. Ideal for history buffs as well as fans of historical fiction, this story takes readers through Hannie’s harrowing experiences.

Buzzy Jackson: The Girl with the Red Hair | RRP $37 | Michael Joseph

The Spanish Garden

In his garden overlooking the Kaipara Harbour, Sidney King prepares to mark his one hundredth birthday. Set on a single day in 2016, this multi-generational novel explores the fatal history of two families, Pakeha and Maori. Sidney is on the brink of solving a mystery which has haunted him since he fought in the Spanish Civil War in a tale of memory, how it serves and deceives us.

Cliff Taylor: The Spanish Garden | RRP $37.50 | Quentin Wilson Publishing

From There to Here

Renowned author and columnist, Joe Bennett, charts the first 30 years of his life in this book, the first volume of his memoirs. Known for his irreverent wit, Joe presents a humorous account covering his early years, while growing up in the UK, and then on to finding his feet (as well as his unique voice) here in New Zealand.

Joe Bennett: From There to Here | RRP $39.99 | HarperCollins NZ

Fact & Fiction

The Sparrow

The latest work by the bestselling author of Night Race to Kawau, this book is perfect for teenagers, aged 12 and up. Alone on a distant and foreign shore, Harry must find his way while keeping his real identity secret. Featuring real characters based on historical figures, this blend of fact and fiction charts the course of a young settler, arriving in New Zealand in 1840.

Tessa Duder: The Sparrow | RRP $22 | Penguin

Desert Jungle

The majesty and mystery of desert landscapes are presented in this informative book, ideal for children aged three and up. Revealing that even the world’s most (seemingly) desolate and unforgiving regions are home to a rich range of life, Desert Jungle is intended to teach young ones more about the world around them and why it needs to be protected.

Jeannie Baker: Desert Jungle | RRP $29.99 | Walker Books

Nanas with No Manners

Not all nanas are well mannered, as this children’s book reveals. When three grandmothers head away on holiday only to find the resort doesn’t serve such goodies as chocolate nachos with cheese, a cheeky and funny story develops. They’re rude and not in the mood for anything other than their favourite food!

Justin Christopher & Minky Stapleton (illustrator): Nanas with No Manners | RRP $21.99 | Scholastic NZ

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