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  • Broken Wing.

    Broken Wing

    by Paul Mason

    Illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    This mysterious story combines the familiarity of a coming-of-age story with elements of fantasy. The setting and time are vague. There is magic at work, yet most students will relate to the sense of pressure that comes from trying to meet an older person’s expectations while working out personal values and priorities. The layers of meaning in the story and its rich poetic language make it an excellent model for writing.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “The Red Ball” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Kahawai” SJ L3 October 2013

    Topics: agreements, allegory, change, coming-of-age, fairy tales, family, fantasy, fishing, honesty, honour, keeping your word, mood, mystery, narrative, trust

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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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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  • Family around a dinner table.

    Koro's Song

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by André Ngāpō 

    illustrated by Keiran Ryanhart

    "Look. We’re here!" says Mana, pointing to a sign: Uenuku Ecovillage. He’s so excited. We’ve been travelling all day, and he hasn’t stopped talking.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, community, eco-village, family, grandparents, grief, loss, music, new partners, performance, relationships, school holidays, ukuleles, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Kāhuipani cover page

    Kāhuipani

    by Anahera Gildea

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Based on a true story, Kāhuipani details the journey of two children to the Tuakau bridge to find Te Puea, a young woman who cared for more than 100 orphans during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, influenza epidemic, Mangatāwhiri, Māori, New Zealand history, Ngāruawāhia, orphans, siblings, survival, Te Puea Hērangi, te reo Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Plenty of room cover

    Plenty of Room

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Dylan Horrocks

    The story of a girl adjusting to life with a new sibling. "Sometimes I just want to be alone. Know what I mean? It’s good. Gives you a chance to think. I don’t like hanging out with other people all the time. I need space. So you can imagine how I feel when Dad tells me Sharon’s having a baby."  

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: babies, blended families, change, extended family, family, housing, humour, managing self, new baby, overcrowding, relating to others, relationships, siblings, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • My sister and i cover image.

    My Sister and I

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Lelani Tamu

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    "The Auckland-based poet Leilani Tamu remembers aspects of her childhood in this autobiographical poem. She looks back on the experiences that were a familiar part of her upbringing when she and her sister spent time with their dad. "

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: betting, change, childhood, family, fast foods, fathers, fighting, gambling, love, memories, metaphor, parents, poetic structure, poetry, rugby league, simile

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • New new zealanders cover image.

    New New Zealanders

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Adrienne Jansen

    illustrated by Adrian Heke

    This article introduces readers to a family who have escaped war-torn countries in the Middle East and have now embraced the freedom and safety that New Zealand offers. However, settling as refugees has its own challenges. We learn about the reasons the Kaka family had to move from Iraq to Syria, on to Lebanon, and then to New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adapting, Assyria, Assyrian Christians, Baghdad, change, civil war, Damascus, difference, immigrants, Iraq, Lebanon, refugees, resilience, school, Syria, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Alvin and me cover image.

    Alvin and Me

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Chris Tse

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    "A week before Alvin arrived, I got summoned to the principal’s office. I was a good kid. I never got into trouble. I was sure I’d done nothing wrong. But still, I couldn’t help worrying..."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Cantonese, change, Chinese New Zealanders, culture, difference, embarrassment, ethnic diversity, friendship, heritage, identity, individuality, race, relationships, respect, responsibility

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • The zoo debate cover image.

    The Zoo Debate

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

    by Philippa Werry

    This article presents both sides of a debate: should we or shouldn’t we have zoos? It includes a short history of zoos and some suggestions for alternatives. It also includes lists of valid points for and against zoos.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: animal rights, animals, change, conservation, debate, elephants, endangered species, environment, habitats, reserves, safari parks, sanctuaries, wild animals, wildlife, zoos

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Book cover.

    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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