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Wednesday June 21, 2017

Life through the eyes of children By Julia Czerwonatis

The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced, listing two Karori residents amongst the 35 writers and illustrators. Karori illustrator Ned Barraud and author Gillian Candler have been nominated for the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction with their publication From Moa to Dinosaurs: Explore & discover ancient New Zealand. Ned said this was the sixth project he

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and Gillian had been working on together, each one of them being a team effort. “The animals in From Moa to Dinosaurs are fabulous,” Ned explained “It blew me away when I learned about all the crazy animals that used to live in Zealandia – giant penguins for example. “My favourite one was the false-toothed pelican.” Ned has been an illustrator for 20 years. “But it’s only my part-time job that I do when I come home in the afternoon.” During the daytime Ned works as a texture painter for 3D models at Weta Digital. Next to his collaborative works with Gillian, Ned has also published two picture books. Another nominee is Karori author LJ Ritchie. His publication Like Nobody’s Watching was listed for two awards. The teen fiction tells the story of students who break into their Wellington school at night and hack into the surveillance system to blackmail some bullies at their school. Like Nobody’s Watching has been nominated for the Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction and the Best First Book Award. LJ Ritchie, also known as Logan Smith, said he was excited about his nomination. “I have been writing for a long time but this

is my first publication,” LJ Ritchie said. “I’m currently working on a new young adult fiction book.” The judging panel for this year’s awards are librarian, education lecturer Trish Brooking, author Ben Brown, book reviewer Sarah Forster, WORD Christchurch programme director Rachael King, and English academic Martin Salisbury. “This year’s shortlist reminds us that books are powerful vehicles for helping children make sense of their world and

gain a better understanding of themselves and others,” Pam, convenor of judges, said. “At times the vividly descriptive writing was brutal and heart-breaking, providing moving portrayals of life through the eyes of children and teenagers. “All finalist titles are convincing in their realism, skilfully laced with honour and honesty throughout.” The award winners will be announced on August 14 in Wellington.

The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced and Karori illustrator Ned Barraud is amongst the nominees. PHOTO: Supplied


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