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  • Waiting.

    Waiting

    by Nadine Anne Hura, illustrations by Zoe Hannay

    This is a gentle story with a twist, which is revealed in the final illustration. While most School Journal stories are set over a few hours or days, this piece has an unusually long timeframe: nine months. During this time, Bella learns a more positive way to count the days – by noticing the seasons change and trusting that something is happening, even though it may appear otherwise.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: absent parents, change, divorce, family, friendship, gardening, neighbours, patience, pets, relationships, resilience, seasons, separation, time, waiting

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Please Don’t Tap the Glass.

    Please Don’t Tap the Glass

    by Rose Lu; illustrations by Ant Sang

    Author Rose Lu moved from Auckland to a much smaller place when she was twelve. Fitting in wasn’t easy, especially given that her new home contained very few Chinese New Zealanders. Suddenly Rose was different from everyone else – an experience she uses to inform her first piece of fiction for the School Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: assertion, bullying, change, Chinese, confrontation, courage, difference, diversity, family, racism, resilience, self-assertion, wellbeing, work

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • News for You.

    News for You

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Giselle Clarkson

    This story has a mission: to shed light on the concept of algorithms, in particular the ways in which they influence our access to news. Bernard Beckett takes the Covid-19 lockdown as his starting point, using this shared experience to provide humour and appeal. This relevant context also allows students to explore the idea that people have different interests and perspectives and that news on social media has been curated for the user and may not represent all aspects of current events.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: algorithm, change, Covid-19, current events, digital technologies, family, lockdown, news, privacy, social media, technology

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • The Way to Play.

    The Way to Play

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    When Room 6 wins the competition to design the school’s new playground, they are really excited. However, when it comes to deciding on the design, differences of opinion emerge and the students have to work through the conflict to come up with a design that will suit them all. This story provides an opportunity to introduce and discuss the acceptance and celebration of difference.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, compromise, debate, difference, friends, inclusion, perspectives, play, playground, school, understanding, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Ghost Walk.

    Ghost Walk

    by Renata Hopkins, illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    Grumpa wants to take a walk, but the narrator has other ideas. Grumpa wins, and the pair tour Christchurch’s Red Zone, where the narrator learns to see what’s no longer there – and ways we can preserve the past.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, Christchurch, community, earthquake, family, ghost, grandparent, history, home, loss, memories, red zone, relationships, screen time

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Weird Zone.

    The Weird Zone

    by Sacha Cotter

    illustrations by Kirsten Slade

    “We’ve been tracking Dad’s weirdness for months.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: campground, camping, change, depression, embarrassment, emotions, family, feelings, holiday, humour, loneliness, separation, siblings, stress, summer, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • In Colour.

    In Colour

    by Thomasin Sleigh; illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    “Grace had a sudden, terrible thought. What if Grandma didn’t get better?”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: age, caring, change, family, grandparents, illness, imagination, loss, love, old age, photography, relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Checkmate.

    Checkmate

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Kieran Rynhart

    When do you make the most important move?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: brothers, change, chess, difference, expectation, family, father, identity, individuality, relationships, rugby, strategy, team sports

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Donkey Sleepover.

    Donkey Sleepover

    by Sarah Johnson

    Illustrations by Minky Stapleton

    There's no getting over it. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birthdays, bullying, change, cliques, family, fitting in, friendship, identity, outsiders, peer pressure, popularity, school, sleepover

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Student at school.

    How to be Normal

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Annaleese Jochems

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    "Charley’s at the old playground, sitting on the bottom of the slide and concentrating. When the bell rings, she’ll walk back to class – but first, she’ll wait till at least half the other kids have done the same. She’s improving herself. This week, she’s fixing her habit of being back at her desk too soon. It’s unnecessary, and it singles her out."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, change, communication, difference, drawing, dreaming, fitting in, friendship, normality, outsiders, peer groups, school

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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