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NZ Children’s Book Reviews Interviews Janice Marriott

 Janice Marriott How did Thor’s Tale come about? I have always been interested in the Shackleton story, and sceptical about the claims made for Shackleton’s leadershp.  When I found the ship’s carpenter’s grave in Wellington cemetary I thought it was … Continue reading

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NZ Children’s Book Reviews Interviews Fifi Colston

  Fifi Colston How did The Red Poppy come about for you as an illustrator? Penny Scown from Scholastic, with whom I have had a long and happy editor/author/illustrator relationship, emailed me 2 manuscripts for consideration. She must have heard me … Continue reading

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NZ Children’s Book Reviews Interviews David Hill

 David Hill How did The Red Poppy come about? I was actually semi-commissioned by the publisher to write THE RP. Scholastic NZ had heard of Rob Kennedy’s song, and felt it could be the kernel of a picture book. Since … Continue reading

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NZ Children’s Book Reviews Interviews Fleur Beale

 Fleur Beale How did Dirt Bomb come about? Dirt Bomb came about because my nephew Tim and his mates found an old Holden and revived it enough to drive around a paddock. I wrote a junior novel several years ago … Continue reading

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Interview with Diana Menefy

How did Shadow of the Boyd come about? I’d been reading Wade Doak’s book The Burning of the Boyd and Thomas’s plight must have got to me because one night I dreamt I was Thomas. He was being held behind … Continue reading

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Interview with Janine McVeagh

How did Earthquake! come about? The editor at Scholastic sent me details of a new series of NZ historical fiction for children and I offered to do one on the Napier earthquake. The book focuses primarily on life through 11-year-old … Continue reading

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