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    By the River

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Sarah Penwarden

    "School camp. Kenzie’s seen the photos from last year. It looks nice: little cabins clustered around a central dining hall; grassy paddocks with giant macrocarpas; picnic tables and a fire pit; a green river, deep and shady, with a slide and a swimming hole."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anxiety, camp, challenge, change, confidence, courage, fear, friendship, relationships, school, self-esteem

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Dashing Doggies

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Sarah Delahunty

    It would seem the consultants know best.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: business, cooperation, costs, debt, dog walking, drama, economics, expenses, finance, financial capability, humour, interest, loans, loss, money, parody, plays, profit, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    The Great Ordinary: The Photographs of Edith Amituanai

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Hannah Sperber

    This article explores the work of a prize-winning West Auckland photographer whose work has been shown around the world. Edith Amituanai photographs the ordinary, everyday world around her, documenting it as a record for the future.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, cameras, change, community, culture, documentary, Edith Amituanai, environment, identity, neighbourhoods, Pasifika, photography, Sāmoa, students, visual arts

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    At the end of the driveway

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    A poem by Tim Upperton, with images by Edith Amituanai

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: change, children, community, growing, imagery, kids, photographs, photography, poetry, school

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    How to Fall

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Whiti Hereaka

    illustrated by Rebecca ter Borg

    "The rec centre’s packed. It’s like one big party, but Maia’s determined not to enjoy herself. Coming to see Aunty Emz’s derby game had been Mum’s idea. They needed a break from unpacking, apparently – although Maia’s pretty sure of the real reason: they needed a break from each other."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, change, family, moving, relationships, roller derby, settling in, skating, sport, stress, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Hushed

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Mat Tait

    "The door to the pod hissed open, and Tre stared at his new classroom, an uncertain flicker in his eyes. Children sat clustered around tables in small groups. In the centre of each lay a pile of building bricks, white as hospital walls."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apocalypse, authoritarianism, brainwashing, escape, fantasy, fascism, freedom, future, futuristic fiction, identity, individuality, rebellion, science fiction, serial, society, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Stitches

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Mary McCallum

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    "Before she threw back the covers, May’s eyes fell on the brand-new Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine, which stood black and gleaming like a cat on the dresser. How wonderful of Papa to buy it for her! He’d talked about nothing else since he’d brought it home: how many dresses May could sew in a week right here in her bedroom, how much money she could make, what a help it would be."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: class, dressmaking, economics, education, family, friendship, New Zealand history, poverty, relationships, responsibility, sacrifice, schooling, sewing, women’s rights,

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Fight to Vote

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Susan Paris

    "It's hard to imagine a world where women can't vote. Yet up until 1893, this was the reality. Not one country allowed women to have a say in their national government. In some parts of the world, it would stay that way for a long time. New Zealand was different. On 28 November 1893, women went to the polling booth for the first time. It was a famous victory – a radical change – but it didn't come without a fight."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: civil rights, democracy, elections, Kate Sheppard, New Zealand history, parliament, participating and contributing, petitions, Richard Seddon, suffrage, suffragettes, temperance, voting, Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), women’s rights

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Fight

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Sarah Penwarden

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    "Robbie shouldn’t have laughed. I can feel the change in atmosphere. It’s like a hot day with thunderclouds on the way."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: alcoholism, behaviour problems, bullying, change, empathy, family problems, fighting, friendship, school, school fights, teasing, understanding

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    The Steamer

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    "They sat on the shoreline, surrounded by bleached driftwood, and watched the steamer drift across the lake."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, debt, debt collector, Earnslaw, family, family secrets, Glenorchy, historical fiction, Lake Wakatipu, Mount Earnslaw, New Zealand history, poverty, secrets, tourism, trail guides

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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