Titles available for foreign rights from the following publishing houses
Dear Donald Trump
Sophie Siers / Anne Villeneuve
Sam has a problem. He has to share a room with his older brother and things aren’t easy.
When Sam sees Donald Trump on TV talking about ‘the wall’ he realises a solution is at hand!
Who knew that planning a wall could be so tricky?
Millwood Press 2018
27 x 21cm Portrait
32 pages full colour
6-10 year olds
Rights sold: French, Spanish, Brazil, Italian, English Worldwide
The Mouse and the Octopus
12 full page colour + ink drawings
Talanoa Books 2017
26 pages / PUR Limp Bound
Pre-school and primary children
From the depths of a Tongan forest to the edge of a reef, this is a reimagining of an old Polynesian fable about a mischievous mouse, an unwitting octopus and the bitter feud that erupts.
Passed down through the generations, this fable served as a blueprint for the construction of a special fishing lure for octopuses.
A finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, The Mouse and the Octopus is the first in the Island Fables series by writer and illustrator Lisala Halapua. Full page watercolour illustrations are combined with ink drawings to bring to life the complex ecosystem from which these stories came.
Through the retelling of this fable and others, the author hopes to share the rich oral story telling of the Pacific.
Do You Want to Gallop With Me?
Sophie Siers / Judith Trevelyan
ISBN 978-0-473-40854-1 / October 2017
Nibbles the pony loves to gallop and splash and prance. But who will play with him? Hedgehog is busy and his friend Princess is eating sweet grass. But who is this coming across the paddock? Maybe he has someone to play with after all ...
With playful watercolour paintings this story explores friendship and fun.
214 x 244 mm / 32 pages / sewn bound
full colour images / 3-9 years
Arlo and the Ginkgo Tree
Sophie Siers / Katharine White
32 pages / 240 mm x 285 mm / full colour through out
sewn bound / 2–6 years
A magical tale that follows the seasons of the year, as Arlo meets and watches the creatures who live in the beautiful Ginkgo tree in his garden. New Zealand Fantails star in the nest building and egg hatching, A gentle story that delights in the wonder of the natural world.
Winner 2016 NZ Book Awards
Millwood Press 2015
214 x 244 mm / 32 pages PUR bound / full colour images / 3-9 years
Allis the Little Tractor
Sophie Siers / Helen Kerridge
Just imagine how Allis feels when her best friend Toby brings his Uncle to see her. 'I think Allis is thirsty, let's find her something to drink'.
Allis' heart jumped. 'I am thirsty, I am thirsty,' she cried.
Let the adventure begin!
Millwood Press 2016
soft cover / PUR bound
3 - 9 years
Allis helps on the farm
Sophie Siers / Helen Kerridge
The second book in the Allis the little tractor series.
This story has Allis back at work on the farm. Can she pull a heavy load of hay to feed the cows? It’s a very hot day and the load is very heavy . .
Stunning New Zealand farm scenes and a great story that follows the first book. Includes a download link to the song, ‘Allis the little tractor’.
First Published 2016
240mm x 250mm (portrait)
Soft cover, section sewn drawn on gatefold cover with 100 mm flaps.
Age Group: 2 – 5 year old
Hare / Deborah Hinde
What do you do when you’ve forgotten where you’ve left something?
Hare is in a bit of a bother.
He had a really good idea,
but now he’s lost it.
Fantail, Tomtit and the rest
of Hare’s friends try to help,
but nothing works
…until Hare has another idea.
Gorgeously illustrated, Hare is a delightful story about friendship and loyalty… with a dollop of humour thrown in for good measure.
Hare is suitable for 2 – 5 year olds and offers learning opportunities relating to colour, shape, size and texture.
The saying ‘a harebrained idea’ has been around since the 1500s. The word play will appeal to adults and passes it onto another generation.
The Worm and the Whale
Lisala Halapua / 2018
A worm flees home in fear. Worms, yams and humpback whales tangle in a heartwarming Tongan fable about friendship.
Number of pages: 26
Illustrations: 12 colour, 14 ink drawings
Fable: Children 0-12yrs
The Viaduct Postcard / 2016
214 x 244 mm / 36 pages / section sewn, with soft cover / full cover images
First children’s picture book from author/historian Susan Price.
This period story tells a tale of a lost postcard, a lost jacket and a bossy big brother!
Set in 1910 Wellington, it’s a delightful picture of old world New Zealand that reminds us that some things never change. The book includes a gift postcard, tucked into the back flap, a facsimile of the original Viaduct Postcard. 5- 10 years
Smart Alex (ABC Hons.)
ISBN: N/A / 240 x 240 mm / 32 pages
Paperback / Full colour / Ages 5+
Smart Alex (ABC Hons.) is the third in a series of playful picture books from author/illustrator Belinda Ellis, about the joys – and quirks – of language.
Alexandra loves the alphabet – the sounds that letters make, and the words they create can suggest. She delights in ones that sound the same but are spelt differently, revels in exchanging words with letters or numerals, as well as turning numbers into letters like the Romans used to … cool, eh? (A!)
Designed to enthuse children and adults about the delights and nuances of language. Clever typography and strong, unique design. Others in the series are Back-to-Front Bob and Punctuation Mark.
A Tale of Friendship and Self Acceptance
Hollybee Hope is a hedgehog with a prickly problem ... she doesn’t have any spines! Her father tells her to be patient, but Hollybee is not a patient hedgehog. She wants to look like a real hedgehog and have spines right now!
When Hollybee finds a brush in a bucket, she thinks she’s found the perfect solution. But things don’t go as planned. Maddie Mouse, Basil Bunny and Nanny Snuffles rally round to help solve her prickly problem, and all goes well ... until they come face to face with The Terror.
Hollybee Hope wants a Prickly Coat
Author/Illustrator: Deborah Hinde
Date of Publication: 1st October 2018
Page Number: 32
Size: 240mm x 250mm portrait
Binding: Soft cover, section sewn drawn on gatefold cover with 100mm flaps
Age Group: 2 to 5 years
32 pages / 24cm x 28.5cm
Full colour through out
The Gift Horse
Sophie Siers / Katharine White / 2017
Finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children 2018
Since Olivia’s mum died Olivia hasn’t felt right. Sometimes she can’t breathe properly and she feels funny inside. When she is out on the farm with her dad and brother or tucked up under her blankets things don’t seem so bad, but everywhere else she feels like she doesn’t fit in.
Olivia’s father brings home a horse that’s been through its own trauma and asks Olivia to see if she can help him. Together, Amigo the horse and Olivia grow to trust each other and forge a path through their own grief and anger.
This fully illustrated junior story explores the stages of grief through a narrative that acknowledges the need for time and space in the process of coming to terms with loss. For any age and for everybody who has ever lost something they love.
201 pp / some illustrations
Available as Softcover and ebook / 13x20cm
eBook / Amazon.com
Softcover / ISBN: 978-1515393122
The Prankster and the Ghost
‘The school will be good for you, Tayla,’ said the inspector. ‘You’ll have children your own age to play with.’
‘Well, yes. True. But you can’t have everything.’
Stuck in a hospital bed, unable to move, Tayla decides to leave his body. But floating around intensive care is kind of boring, although being invisible means he can do some cool practical
jokes. Until the inspector arrives, that is.
Jamie, newly arrived from Scotland, is lonely. No one can understand his accent and all his practical jokes are going wrong. Plus, his new school is seriously weird. Perhaps it's haunted...
The Prankster and the Ghost is a story of pranks,
friendship and learning to live with loss.
Caution: The Prankster and the Ghost contains plenty of ghosts and heaps of practical jokes. Suitable ages 6 – 99+
Shortlisted for the 2012 Tom Fitzgibbon Award - NZ
The Bold Ship Phenomenal / 978-0-473-31314-2
The Bold Ship Phenomenal follows the adventures of Malachi, aged 11, after he finds a mysterious ship in a bottle on the shore.
Life with Dad has been pretty sad and dull since Mum died, so Malachi decides to keep the ship in a bottle a secret – a secret that gets even more exciting when he discovers that things inside the bottle can change. Sailors come and go, cargo is loaded and preparations made for a voyage, the ship weighs anchor and sets sail.
The discovery prompts Malachi to make a voyage of his own. He stows away in the back of a truck to join a protest that he’s seen on TV, but another discovery – that he is sharing his journey with pirates, both in the bottle and the truck – begins to make the trip more complicated.
August 2015 / Flat Bed Pres / 240 pages
Paperback / 198mm x 130mm
Limp bound, section sewn
Full colour cover, black and white internals
E book formats: e-pub; mobi; PDF / 7-12 years
The Spaghetti Giraffe / ISBN: 978-0-473-39140-9
When fumble-handed cook Mina Cucina drops the spaghetti pot, a new animal is born. As the Spaghetti Giraffe soon learns, he is not the only kitchen animal formed from Mina Cucina’s culinary disasters.
The Spaghetti Giraffe tells the delightful story of the Spaghetti Giraffe and his quirky friends in their quest to help Mina Cucina enter the Great Bonbon Confectionation – the biggest baking competition the valley’s ever seen. All she needs is a cake. A cake that doesn’t erupt, take flight or explode.
Published August 2017 / Flat Bed Press
120 pages / Paperback / 198mm x 130mm
E-book formats: e-pub; mobi; PDF
Limp bound, section sewn
Full colour cover, black and white internals
Time Twins - Sally Astridge / Arne Norlin
Eleven-year-old Astrid thinks she is imagining the quiet boy who appears in her room in the middle of the night and then vanishes as if by magic.
Astrid lives in Sweden. She discovers the boy’s name is Tamati and he lives in New Zealand on the other side of the world.
How did he get into her bedroom?
And why does he keep coming back?
"Time Twins is reminiscent of Margaret Mahy’s work for older children, with its real-life problems, relationship development and super-natural elements. The story moves along at a great pace, with plenty of challenges, moments of humour, and two very compelling characters. The writing from both authors works well – it feels seamless."—VOLUME BOOKSHOP - NZ
Sally Astridge lives in Nelson, New Zealand. She is a former teacher and this is her first children’s book.
Arne Norlin is one of Sweden’s most loved children’s writers and has pub-lished more than seventy titles. He lives in Stockholm and visits New Zealand every year.
Sally Astridge & Arne Norlin ISBN 978-0-473-40632-5
Release: October 2017
Mākaro Press, Submarine imprint
rrp $25 • B format, paperback • 310pp #timetravel #SwedishNZkids #bullying #racism #koromokopuna #NZjuniorfiction
Winner in the NZ Children's Book Awards 2017
The Sam and Lucy Fables
Alan Bagnall / Sarah Wilkins
Paperback, 148x210mm, illustrated stories for younger readers
50pp / PUR bound / Published October 2016
The Sam & Lucy Fables shares the adventures of two clever pigs, Sam and Lucy, who are always keen to help their human friends in peculiar predicaments. From fixing magic carpets to teaching fish to read, Sam and Lucy solve each conundrum with some common sense and a lot of patience. Each fable reminds us to be kind, curious and a little bit adventurous. Where would we be without Sam and Lucy? We ’d be very lost!
The Sam & Lucy Fables is a collection of quirky tales and engaging
illustrations that will be treasured for years to come.
The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain
Published by Makaro Press
Paperback, 128x198mm, junior fiction 8–12 years
246pp / Perfect bound / Published April 2016
Making people laugh is what Summer does best. It’s how she fits in. And is it
any wonder with a family like hers? Top of the list of crazies is Pop, her stingy grandfather, who whips up possum stews and turns chicken scraps into the worst school lunches ever. So why does Juanita suddenly want to be her friend? Juanita’s not her type, she has real sandwiches in her lunchbox, and does nice things like saving greyhounds and sticking up for people. And then Pop gets himself a dangerous girlfriend with a mysterious past. Summer has to do something. Apple works in the crystal shop and knows a thing or two about love potions – can she brew an un-love potion? Juanita’s keen to help. But what if she discovers all the other embarrassing stuff – what if she finds out... everything?
Here, There and Everywhere
Sophie Siers / Judith Trevelyan
It’s SPRING on the farm and springtime is always busy at Rosie Joy’s. There are crops to plant and baby lambs everywhere. Rosie Joy and her best friend Polly take on a special spring project involving chickens, peggy squares, famous explorers and some pretty big words!
This exciting farm girl's story bring a breath of fresh air to junior fiction 5 -12 years.
Fully illustrated black and white
Soft cover / french flaps / sewn bound
‘Maybe it would be better if I started at the beginning.’ Gran watched me carefully. ‘This ability we have; my mother, me. You. We draw heat along our bodies; anger makes us flame.’ When her friend is assaulted, Corrine Peterson can’t help reacting. But she didn’t think and now her hands are burnt, Gran is coming to look after her and, scariest of all, strange men are watching her house. Could they be terrorists? Secret agents? It seems that Gran’s idea of a solution is to introduce Corrine to Rowan. Okay, sure, maybe eighteen year old Rowan is gorgeous, but he has his own troubles. And right now, Corrine doesn’t need complications in her life. But in a world of surveillance and secrecy, complexity is inevitable. And as the tension mounts Corrine realizes maybe Gran can help her, after all.
An exciting story about surveillance, security and personal privacy.
Suitable for Young Adults aged 15+. Contains coarse language and sexual references
ISBN 978-0-473-27285-2 /
Ideal for readers 14–25 years but a memoir for all ages
B format, paperback, colour, 208pp
Cover design by Fifi Colston with Harriet Rowland
Book design by Paul Stewart
2015 Storylines Notable Book Award Winner — Non-fiction
2015 Ashton Wylie Award Runner-up
2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults Finalist — Non-fiction
The Book of Hat - Harriet Rowland
This way I will NEVER have to get a job, learn how to cook more than two-minute noodles or do anything mildly productive. I never have to grow up and I can forever be a kid! Though my ‘forever’ is shorter than most, I don’t mind. What I do mind is that I am going to have to leave everyone I love behind.’ — The Book of Hat
Originally a collection of blog posts that track Harriet’s (Hat’s) life with cancer. So intense, yes, raw and poignant, yes, insanely sad and intimate, yes, but tragic this is not. Hat’s voice is honest, intelligent, alive; and connects with teen and adult readers deeply. A superbly crafted piece of writing that is luminous in its economy; and the cover, overall design and excellent editing all resonate perfectly with the writing. Harriet’s life, as short as it was, was blessed in many ways. We, her readers, are doubly blessed to be able to share in it. — Judges’ report, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015
Harriet Rowland — known as Hat — was 17 when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that began in her knee. At the time she was a student at Queen Margaret College in Wellington, New Zealand.
Going through treatment was often a lonely time, as friends — while supportive — didn’t always understand Hat’s new life. This was until she fell in love with the character Hazel Grace from John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars, a girl who talks honestly and openly about living with cancer. Like her, Hat found life changed in ways that were both good and bad: falling in love and hospital stays among them. And she was surprised by how much happiness there was still to find.
Throughout her journey, Hat kept a blog called My Experience of Walking the Dog ,
and this book is a collection of those posts edited with the author. Why the blog title?
Her parents say cancer is like a dog — fine if it stays in its own yard. Hat’s dog got out.
Harriet Rowland entered the Mary Potter hospice in Wellington two days after her book launch, and died surrounded by family and friends at 7.05 am, Friday, 7 March, 2014. This is her unexpected story.
Available as Softcover and ebook
13x20cm / Softcover
ebook ISBN: 9780473302948 (ePub)
ISBN: 9780473302931 (mobi)
Suitable for Young Adults aged 13+
A Necklace of Souls - Book 1
‘A true dream is when the events I see in my sleep have, or will happen. It’s a talent that runs in my family. I was thirteen when I had my first true dream.’
Dana wishes she wasn’t a princess. She’s always being told how to behave, what to wear. The collier’s cart seems the perfect escape. Only she didn’t realize she’d become so dirty, or so lost. Fortunately this boy, Will, has a sense of direction. And next to the forbidding stranger, N’tombe, he seems reassuringly normal.
Welcome to A Necklace of Souls: a story of love and loss, of shattered lives and desperate hopes. In the Kingdom of the Rose, bravery is not always measured by strength and magic is real, if only one has the courage to dream.
Suitable for Young Adults aged 13+
Shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, A Necklace of Souls was awarded the Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction, Best First
Book at the New Zealand Post Children and Young Adult Book Awards and is a Storylines Notable Book.
RL Stedman was an award-winning author even before
she was published. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the
Tom Fitzgibbon Award, and won the Tessa Duder
Award for Young Adult Fiction. Her first novel, A
Necklace of Souls, won a Storylines Notable Book
Award and was awarded Best First Book at the 2014
New Zealand Post Book Awards.
A Skillful Warrior
Softcover / 261 pages
The Warrior’s principal task: to make each moment count.’
Dana and Will must find the weapon to defeat the Emperor, but his army is close behind, and the Kingdom and its Guardian have vanished - only N’tombe and Jed remain.
As the comrades flee, Dana is hampered by dreams of dragons and by a deep, unbearable sorrow; a fire is coming, and she is in its path. Dana and Will must learn to overcome despair and to fight on, despite the darkness. For a warrior must adapt, or die.
The sequel to the award-winning A Necklace of Souls.
In this thrilling conclusion to the award-winning SoulNecklace Stories, Will and Dana must make a heart-breaking choice. A choice that will change their world forever.
A Memory of Fire
October 2017 / 206 pages
About my wrist is a tattoo of roses, strung like beads on a bracelet of thorns. I have a past, if only I could remember — but I cannot remember."
Held captive in a strange city, Dana dreams of fire and flight. There is something she must find, but she does not know what it is, or why it is important. If only her dreams would let her rest.
Half a world away, Will studies a new, exciting discipline. But while enchantress N'tombe is impressed by his newfound skills, inside he feels only desperation. A terrible moment is approaching. Soon, Dana must face her final ordeal.
Will this new power be enough to save her? And is he prepared for what might happen next?
Sylvie the Second
Published by Mākaro Press
Fiction / 246pp Perfect bound
Published 3 October 2015
Finalist in NZ Children's Book Awards 2016
It’s another hospital trip in the witching hours for Sylvie, as part of the support crew for her crazy sister, Calamity Cate. An overdose, this time. As usual, it seems like the family is so caught up in all of Cate’s drama that Sylvie goes unnoticed. Invisible. Always coming in second. Not anymore. After a makeover, a friendship breakdown, and a whole lot of pizza, Sylvie starts to get noticed, but by the wrong people. That’s when things unravel with painful consequences. Visibility, Sylvie discovers, is not about how other people see you, but how you see yourself. 13 years +
Lonesome When You Go
Published by Mākaro Press
Paperback / 128x198mm / 238pp
Published July 2016
A Storylines Notable Book 2017
Paige plays bass in high school rock band Vox Pop, which means keeping a steady rhythm even in their most raucous rock and roll moments. But in the tense build-up to the Rockfest competition, Paige finds she can't control everything in her life, no matter how hard she practises and how loud she plays. There’s stuff happening in the band that she can’t put her finger on, a friend who can’t handle her own secret anymore and a mysterious guy who plays double bass like an angel. But there isn’t much time to sort things out – Rockfest looms and so does the end of the school year, when everything will change for good. Lonesome When You Go is a novel about practising solo, performing like a rockstar and how contributing your best self to something can create a force much greater than the sum of its parts. 13 years +
Upon a Time
Published October 2016
Fairy tales reborn! Inside this enchanting collection you’ll find stories that are not-quite familiar. An assassin with a midnight deadline; a store owned by Princeton Charming and a sleeping, ever-so- enchanted beast. These are stories you’ve read a hundred times — but never quite like this.
Written over a year, Upon a Time is more than traditional tales. Each story marks a special day: Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Easter Sunday and more.
In the tales in Upon a Time, history mingles with fiction and myth becomes real.
Upon a Time — stories of fantasy and romance, mixed with just a hint of magic.
195 pages / paper back