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  • Happy new year cover.

    Happy New Year

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    New Year’s Eve on Great Barrier Island doesn’t go according to plan.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: environment, fire, fire safety, Great Barrier Island, native bush, responsibility, sailing

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2016

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  • Awarua the taniwha cover.

    Awarua The Taniwha of Porirua

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by Wiremu Grace

    Illustrations by Lee Watt

    Rereroa the albatross teaches her friend Awarua, the taniwha, how to fly. In the process, Awarua creates some of the geographical features around the Porirua area, such as the flat top of Mana Island, which was caused when she crash-landed on top of the island, and the valley in Whitireia. The story explores the tuakana–teina relationship of an expert teaching a novice.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Awarua, landforms, legends, Mana Island, myths, Porirua, Rereroa, taniwha, traditional stories, Whitireia

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Boy on a bike.

    Boy on a Bike

    by Bronwen Wall

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “Boy on a Bike” is an article that celebrates the determination, focus, and commitment of a boy who sets himself a huge goal: to ride a bike the length of the North Island. The text will be engaging and enjoyable for most students, and it can be used as a spin-off for a variety of practical research projects. The many graphic features provide strong support and keep up the interest as we learn about Mac’s reasons for the ride, his preparation, and his dad’s support.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bicycles, bikes, challenge, fitness, fundraising, geography, journey, maps, North Island, sports, training

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Hinemoa and tutanekai.

    Hinemoa and Tūtānekai

    A legend from the Te Arawa iwi

    JJ-46_medium

    This text is a retelling of a legend of the Te Arawa people. It tells the love story of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai. Tūtānekai lives on Mokoia Island, separated from Hinemoa by the waters of Lake Rotorua. Hinemoa’s father does not want the two young people to be together and tries to stop them from meeting. But Hinemoa is determined and risks her life to swim across Lake Rotorua to be with Tūtānekai.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: legend, Te Arawa, people, love story, Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, Mokoia Island, water, Lake Rotorua, risks

    In: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • The Name Game.

    The Name Game

    by Victor Rodger

    Illustrations by Freddy Pearson

    Who ever thought a simple game could be so challenging?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture, dialogue, diversity, drama, games, humour, inclusion, names, Pacific, plays, pronunciation, respect, school, screenplay, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Fence and flowers.

    Welcome to Lullo Marnoo

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Victor Rodger

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    "When I tell people, especially Pālagi people, that my father is from Sāmoa, they usually ask, “Do you go back?” Weird, right? It’s not like I was born in Sāmoa. I was born here, in Christchurch. Aranui, to be exact. One of those suburbs the quake messed up. If I went to Sāmoa, I wouldn’t be going back – I’d just be going. But I don’t try to explain any of this. It can get complicated."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, change, culture, family, grandparents, home, identity, Lalomanu, Pacific, responsibility, Sāmoa, separation, single-parent families

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • People playing sports.

    Kilikiti

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Tusiata Avia

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Then there’s kilikiti. Kee-lee-kee-tee (perfect – top marks this time). Have a guess. What could it mean? Ummm ... Kittycat? Kilometre? Kitchenette? Nope! Try cricket (the game, not the grasshopper)."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, community, cricket, culture, humour, identity, kilikiti, language, Pacific, poetry, pronunciation, phonetics, rhyme, Sāmoa, sport, transliteration

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Two children with their father by a campfire.

    Ancestors

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    "It was our first night camping with Dad, and we’d just finished eating a big pile of pipi. Dad sat back, happy. He likes it when we eat things from the sea."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: camping, family, funerals, Pacific peoples, relationships, sibling rivalry, siblings, Tongan culture, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Last Match.

    Last Match

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Alex Cara

    In 1866, the General Grant was sailing from Australia to London when it was shipwrecked on the one of the Subantarctic Islands. Of the eighty-three people on board, only fifteen made it ashore. A survivor later wrote about how the castaways only had six matches, with five "squandered". The lighting of the last match was a critical moment in their survival.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Auckland Islands, castaway, characterisation, drama, fortitude, freeze frame, General Grant, group dynamics, history, leadership, play, process drama, resilience, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Want Relief.

    Want Relief

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    The Auckland Islands, a New Zealand territory in the Southern Ocean, were the site of nine shipwrecks in the nineteenth century. Paul Mason uses this as a starting point for his fictional story about Nell, who becomes a castaway with several others and must play her part in keeping their precious fire going.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Auckland Islands, castaway, family, General Grant,Graft n,historicfiction,history,ingenuity, kākāriki, marooned, Motu Maha, rescue, resilience, responsibility, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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