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  • Muse.

    Muse

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Mat Tait

    This is the third instalment in this series, which is set in a dystopian future. Although it follows on from “Hushed” and “Wind Chimes”, the story can stand alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: betrayal, change, courage, dystopian, escape, family, fascism, friendship, future, “Hushedʼ, Muse, Paul Mason, sequel, serial, survival, Tre, “Wind Chimes”

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Winning Side.

    The Winning Side

    by Sarah Johnson, illustrations by Craig Phillips

    This story references general elections, in the context of an election to a school council. “The Winning Side” introduces a few big ideas: the need for a platform, the importance of giving everyone a voice, and why we vote.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: agendas, campaign, candidate, change, courage, decision, democracy, election, friendship, loyalty, politics, representation, school, speaking up, speeches, voting

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Mohawk.

    The Mohawk

    by Sarah Johnson; illustrations by Elliot Elam

    “Leo screwed his eyes tighter. He wasn’t ready to look.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: bullying, change, friendship, hair, hairstyle, identity, individuality, mohawk, pride, protest, rebellion, role model, school, siblings, social action

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Whānau.

    Whānau

    by Whiti Hereaka

    Illustrations by Bo Moore

    Timi's still waiting for Nan's place to feel like home. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: animals, caring, change, family, grandparents, grief, homesickness, loss, love, Māori, rural, support, te ao Māori, whānau, whangai

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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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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