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  • Hidden Talent

    Hidden Talent

    by Maria Samuela 

    Annie is feeling envious of her siblings – they each have a special talent. (Kana is artistic, Juanita can sing, and rugby-playing Jackson has been made props manager for the upcoming talent quest.) The family says their talents must be inherited from their ancestors. Annie doesn’t think she has any special talents. However, on the night of the talent quest, disaster looms when the power supply goes out.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, change, confidence, Cook Islands, culture, family, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, skills, stories, talent, tūpuna, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Boy fishing on a wharf with a soldier.

    The Sea Devil

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

    "Just beyond the long arm of the wharf, the camp’s launch, Pearl, tugged at its mooring. The thought of a big fish jagging on his line quickened James’s pace, and it wasn’t until he was on the wharf that he saw he was not alone. A dark figure leant against one of the piles – it was one of the Germans, staring at the boat."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: adventure story, escape, Felix von Luckner, First World War, history, internment, Motuihe Island, prisoners of war, Sea Devil, World War 1

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Magō!

    Magō!

    by Hio Kelemete, illustrations by Vaitoa Baker

    This is a humorous, entertaining story based on a true event. It provides examples of characterisation and dialogue as well as being a model for imaginative writing. This is a Pacific text. It provides a chance for Tokelauan and other Pacific students to see themselves and their culture reflected in the Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: dialogue, fear, friendship, humour, lagoon, magō, monsters, mystery, Nukunonu, Pacific, sea life, stories, Tokelau, unknown, water, whale shark

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    by Susan Paris

    Carlos Vakalaloma has lots of interests. He likes playing rugby (he’s a prop) and doing jigsaw puzzles (the old-school kind with up to a thousand pieces). During lockdown, he also spent a lot of time cooking. Carlos really likes Italian food. But if he was forced to choose his favourite meal, to both cook and eat, he’d say sapasui. Sapasui is eaten all across the Pacific. The dish is a version of chop suey, which originally comes from China.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: Chinese, chop suey, cooking, cuisine, eating, Fiji, food, kitchen, migrants, noodles, Pacific, Pasifika, recipes, Sāmoa, sapasui, traditional food, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Tuālima.

    Tuālima

    by Tusiata Avia

    Tusiata Avia writes from the child’s perspective as the narrator’s mother receives a tuālima (a tattoo on the back of the hand). Arranged chronologically, the author details particulars of the ceremony, sometimes using gagana Sāmoa terms, and sharing the attention equally between what’s happening and the emotions felt.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ceremony, culture, family, grief, identity, loss, memory, Pacific, poem, resilience, Sāmoa, Samoan tattoo, tatau, tradition, tuālima, tugfuga tātatau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Brave flower poem.

    Brave Flower

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    The poem “Brave Flower” vividly captures the experience of those who were subjected to the dawn raids that took place in Aotearoa in the 1970's.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, concrete poetry, dawn raids, deportation, exploitation, imagery, immigration, metaphor, New Zealand history, Pacific, poetry, racism, stanzas, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • The Kiwileles.

    The Kiwileles

    by Georgina Barnes

    This report provides information about the Kiwileles, a ukulele orchestra made up of New Zealand school students. It focuses on the experiences of students at East Tamaki School and includes a description of some of the steps involved in learning to play a ukulele.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Bill Sevesi, community, concerts, cooperation, East Tamaki School, groups, instruments, Kiwileles, learning, Maria Winder, music, New Zealand Ukulele Trust, Pacific, practice, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Tokelauan island in the water.

    Solar Power in Tokelau

    Junior journal 57 cover image.

    by Iona McNaughton

    This report highlights the world-first achievement of Tokelau in using renewable energy sources (solar energy and coconut oil) for all its electricity. It explains why Tokelau decided to switch from using fossil fuels and includes comments from a Tokelau family that illustrate the impact of the change. 

    Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: atolls, climate change, electricity, energy, environment, fossil fuels, Nukunonu, Pacific, power, power stations, renewable energy, solar energy, solar panels, solar power,sun, sunlight, sustainability, Tokelau

    In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Fleeb watches tv

    Fleeb Watches TV

    Written by Yvonne Morrison 

    Illustrated by Josh Morgan

    When Nate and Rose first met Fleeb (in Fleeb Makes Scones), they discovered he was full of surprises. In this second story, the children have got used to having him around, but now Fleeb is acting strangely and household items are going missing ... What is Fleeb up to?

    Students will enjoy looking for clues in this humorous mystery story.

    Orange 2 

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Orange

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: The previous story about Fleeb: Fleeb Makes Scones (Green 2) Stories about solving mysteries or finding lost things: Lost (shared); The Missing Socks (Blue 2); The Hissing Bush (Blue 3); The Great Car Clean-out (Green 1); Treasure Island (Green 3); The King’s Birthday (Turquoise 1); Timo’s Shorts (Turquoise 2)

    Publication date: April 2019

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  • Photograph of people in the polynesian panthers.

    Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith

    The article “Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers” recounts the story of the dawn raids that took place in Aotearoa in the 1970s. Under instruction from the government of the day, police and immigration officials invaded the homes of Polynesian people in the early hours of the morning, demanding evidence that they were lawfully living in Aotearoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1970s, activists, change, citizenship, civil rights, dawn raids, deportation, education, immigration, New Zealand history, Operation Pot Black, overstayers, Pacific, police, Polynesian Panthers, politics, power, protest, racism, social action

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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