Saturday, April 24, 2010

What's your pick?

What's your pick? Winners of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards will be announced on 19 May 2010.

The Young Adult fiction finalists are:

End of the alphabet by Fleur Beale
Ruby Yarrow is a 14 year old who lives in a busy, loving, chaotic family with her mum, stepdad, brother and two little stepbrothers. Ruby feels a bit like a doormat, she has to help out in the family a lot while her brother doesn't. Ages 13+

Previous Fleur Beale books include: Juno of Taris and Brainjack by Brian Falkner
Sam, a teenage computer genius, takes up an invitation to join a secret online convention for the best hackers in the world. The location for the convention? The White House. But Sam finds out that it is really a challenge to find expert hackers to protect the country. Sam is thrown into a world of international high-risk security and double crossing traitors where he must protect the world from a metasystem, connected to every computer terminal satellite and secuitry camera, that seeks to erase the human race. Ages 13+

You can see a book trailer here:

Check out Brian's website, too.

The crossing by Mandy HagerMaryam is one of the Chosen – waiting until she becomes an adult and can be taken to see the fathers. When she arrives, she realises things are not as she’s been taught. First in a trilogy. Mandy Hager’s previous young adult novel is Smashed. Visit Mandy's website for more info.

The beginner’s guide to living by Lia Hills After his mother’s death, Will records his experiences with his mother’s old camera. This is Lia’s first novel for young adults. Find out more about her at Lia's website.

Banquo's son by TK Roxborogh Fleance, son of Banquo, has lived a secret life for 10 years. Now, haunted by his father’s son, Fleance is determined to learn the truth of his past. First in a trilogy. Previous Tania Roxborogh books include: Third degree and The ring. Tania's website has more info about her and the books.

I've read four of the titles, and I’m really struggling to decide on my favourite this year. Some years it’s easy. I can’t wait for the sequels to The crossing and Banquo’s son – they’re both thought-provoking, and gripping reads for older teens. Brainjack is tense and a great standalone novel, great for younger teen guys. End of the alphabet is a good read for younger teen girls, with great emotional appeal.

To find out more, visit the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards site.

What’s your pick for the winner? Let us know in the comments.

- Annie


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