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Dunger

Dunger Book Cover Alternating chapters are narrated by eleven-year-old William and his fourteen-year-old sister Melissa. Due to financial problems, their holiday in Queenstown is cancelled and the siblings are roped into staying with their bickering, hippie grandparents to help fix up their old bach (holiday house) in Sounds.  William and Melissa are taken out of their comfort zone and must survive without cell-phones and electricity, but their hard work is rewarded with one thousand dollars apiece.  When an accident occurs, Melissa and Will’s ability to work together is put to the test and they finally realize what it means to be a family. cc
Title: Dunger
Author: Joy Cowley
Publisher
: Gecko Press
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-877579-46-2
Paperback pages
: 168
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: New Zealand
Author’s residence
: New Zealand
Awards
: 2014 New Zealand Post Book Award
Subjects
: Brothers and sisters, Grandparents, New Zealand, Oceania

Mister Whistler

Mister Whistler Book CoverAbsent-minded Mister Whistler wakes up with a song in his head and a dance in his feet. He gets dressed in dotted boxer shorts, checked trousers, a striped shirt, a waistcoat, a jacket, a fur-collared coat, and his hat. But he is distracted and promptly loses his train ticket. His search for his ticket involves him dancing out of his clothes down to his boxer shorts, only to discover that the ticket was clenched between his teeth the whole time. He gets dressed again, boards the train, but then swallows his ticket. Energetic ink and watercolor drawings and flowing musical notes reveal a happy, hilarious ending. mjw
Title: Mister Whistler
Author: Margaret Mahy
Illustrator
: Gavin Bishop
Publisher
: Gecko Press
Copyright
: 2012
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-877467-91-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture book
Author’s residence
: New Zealand
Illustrator’s residence
: New Zealand
Awards
: 2013 New Zealand Post Book Award
Subjects
: Fashion, Music, New Zealand, Oceania, Railroad stations, Tickets