New Releases

The Mini Moas Fantastical New Zealand Series, Book 1, by Natasha Hanson

Eight-year-old adventure seeker Pete is convinced something mysterious is hidden in the school staff room. His ten-year-old sister, Trudy, who is much more practical, is not. But when adventure does appear in Mini Moa form, can the siblings work together to outsmart a fake substitute caretaker?  
 
The Mini Moas
Fantastical New Zealand Series, Book 1
by Natasha Hanson
ISBN: 978-1-942514-75-6
Suggested Retail Price: $11.95 AUD

Double-edged Sword: The Simonne Butler Story, by Simonne Butler and Andra Jenkin

Double-edged Sword is a survival story like no other. In 2003 Simonne Butler’s violent partner, high on methamphetamine, cut off both her hands with a samurai sword. Her hands were reattached in a groundbreaking marathon surgery and she spent the next decade healing her mind, body and spirit.
 
Despite five years in an extremely physically and emotionally abusive relationship, Simonne always had an unbreakable spirit. Even when her self-confidence and sense of self-preservation was at rock bottom, she was able to source phenomenal strength that saw her survive horrendous blood loss and being left for dead for hours, holding her severed limbs in such a way that allowed revascularisation to be possible.
 

Rising Tide, by Sarina Dickson

Rising Tide/He Tai Pari is an engaging junior fiction self-help text that  follows Ari through a series of challenging events and resolution. The book includes peer reviewed therapeutic lesson plans and family exercises. A web-based version is also available with audio in English and Te Reo which includes professional development for teachers, further support resources for families and notes for therapists.
  • Production funded by New Zealand Red Cross, who recognise this project’s potential in helping children heal after disasters or times of change and stress
  • Includes peer-reviewed teaching plans and family exercises to increase resilience and emotional intelligence, and to develop a culture of talking in families and classrooms
  • Engaging storytelling that helps children learn about managing anxiety
  • Third in The Worry Bug series; Maia & the Worry Bug Julie Burgess-Manning 2015, Wishes & Worries Sarina Dickson 2015

Aboriginal to Nowhere, by Brentley Frazer

This new collection from a widely admired Australian poet of his generation, combines major new sequences with shorter lyrical, concrete and prose poems, and gives a generational sense of what it means to be an urban Australian looking into the future. A 21st century apocalyptic howl from the cities: Aboriginal to nowhere.
 
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The Māori Meeting House: Introducing the Whare Whakairo

Enter and explore the powerful, ancestral world of the whare whakairo, or Māori meeting house, with this engaging illustrated guide.
 
Richly illustrated with more than 100 historical and contemporary photographs and original watercolour illustrations, The Māori Meeting House celebrates every aspect of these magnificent taonga (treasures) – their history and art forms, symbolism and cultural significance.
 
In a clear, informative and personal narrative, Damian Skinner brings together existing scholarship on whare whakairo and his own reflections as a Pākehā art historian and curator, with reference to meeting houses from all over Aotearoa New Zealand and the world. The voices of carvers, artists, architects, writers, experts and iwi are woven into the text, to give every reader new ways of seeing these taonga – whether it is your first view or your hundredth.
 

Fijian writer debuts 'Black Ice Matter'

“I stand proudly behind Black Ice Matter, and proudly behind Gina Cole,” Selina Tusitala Marsh, one of New Zealand's foremost Pasifika poets, told guests at the launch of Gina Cole's debut book, Black Ice Matter. And as New Zealand's first Pasifika woman to graduate with a PhD in English, Selina has a bit of experience with literature.
 

Beneath the Neem Tree, by Kaye R Anderson

When Hashini leaves her home country of Sri Lanka and goes to the United Arab Emirates as a migrant worker, she expects to help support her family financially. Instead she ends up in prison, an innocent victim of Sharia Law.
 
Already a survivor of family tragedies, she must now dig deep into her Buddhist beliefs to survive her jail sentence and to make sense of the injustices handed out to her.
 

The Shattered, by Patricia Berwick

"When we went inside, the man sat me on his knee and said I was not to tell my parents about anything in the house. It was 'our secret'."
 

The Paranormal - is Normal, by Bruce Scott-Hill

 
This book has just won the NZ 2016 Ashton Wylie 2016 Mind, Body, Spirit Literary Award! Described by the judges convenor Adonia Wylie, as an outstanding body of work from within the genre.
 
The judging panel of AWCT trustee Adonia Wylie, author Keith Hill and journalist Mike Alexander were unanimous in their overall choice of the winning book. At the presentation on August 19th, in Auckland. Mike Alexander, one of the judges said at the award “the book is unique and a milestone in its genre”.
 
Written by a professional communications and information technology engineer, a Canterbury University graduate dedicated to science – he chose his standard test for validity by accepting solely “solid” science i.e. documented replicated science experiments as the base for his investigations into Reincarnation, the Paranormal and the possibility of an afterlife and immortality for all. The book was written as a sequel to the personal journey of inquiry by the author which commenced some 15 years ago, but which was abandoned until relatively recent research provided the science breakthroughs that has now allowed its completion. 
 
It validates the work of psychics and mediums. It also gives welcome scientific support to the public majority who believe in a creator, an afterlife, psychics, mediums and the paranormal. All of these are covered in considerable detail in this book with a constant focus on science validation. This treatment also embraces other big questions in life particularly whether mind, our soul and senses can likely survive death; evolution – scientifically fact or fiction; whether life could exist before the Big Bang; and even whether a timeless afterlife existence is scientifically plausible? And many more.
 
Although a science book, it has been written with considerable attention to clarity, so that it is readable and understandable to all.
 

The Direction of our Fear, by David Briggs

The story is told in real time through the interwoven experiences of four characters. On the Kapiti Coast, the lives of three people intersect as they travel on the morning commuter train to Wellington.  
 
Sally is a 17-year-old schoolgirl, stepping tentatively into womanhood. Brendan is middle-aged, Irish, a widower, trying to move on from the death of his wife some years before. Tamas is a Hungarian immigrant, struggling to lay the foundations of a new life in New Zealand for his wife and son.