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Puawai Cairns: Te Papa Detective
by Whiti Hereaka
This article describes the work of Puawai Cairns, a curator at Te Papa Tongarewa. Puawai believes that as a curator, her job is to tell stories about people: “Each one always begins with a taonga.”
Cancel the Invasion
by David Larsen
“Cancel the Invasion” is a funny and original fantasy story. Ash is an alien who has been sent to Earth as an advance scout for a planned invasion. He meets some young humans, and we follow his internal musings as he struggles to understand the complexities of their (English) language.
by Hinemoana Baker
“Mum, you need to come!” I shouted. “I think Sparkles is bunged up again.” I took a cautious step towards the unicorn. She turned her head towards me, eyes crossed from the strain, horn bobbing. It was the third time this week.
by Tim Jones
illustrated by Andrew Burdan
"Charlie’s own pack was fine, but he was hungry, and his new boots pinched. Plus his mates were way ahead, having a great time – and here he was stuck at the back with Mr Ngaia and the new kid."
Who Froze Farrell Flint?
by Johanna Knox
illustrated by Toby Morris
Minnie Sharp, detective, is the narrator of this science-fiction story. The setting is a futuristic research centre on Mars. Minnie has a mystery to solve following the discovery of a frozen scientist in the Cryogenic Storage Room. As she interviews the other scientists working in the laboratory, Minnie is gradually able to build a picture of what might have happened.
The Subantarctic Islands
written and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson
This visual text uses words and cartoon-style images to provide information about the five groups of islands that are found between New Zealand and Antarctica. The information is presented in a lively way, organised into sections that tell what and where the islands are, the weather they share, and their flora and fauna.
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The Possum Problem
by Johanna Knox
illustrated by Adele Jackson
"Possums. You hardly ever see them, but they’re all around: in the bush, on farms, in parks. They might even be in your garden. During the day, possums stay in their dens. These are dry, hidden places where they won’t be disturbed. Possums emerge after dark, millions upon millions of them, all across New Zealand. And what do they do? They eat."
by Tim Jones
illustrated by Elliemay Logan
This short story describes what happens during the hour that Manu and his father have to rescue what they can from their ruined home. A storm accompanied by a high tide has breached a seawall and sent seawater through their house.