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Mere Whaanga's latest book shortlisted for the NZ Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 11:36am

Mere Whaanga, The University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence, latest book has been shortlisted for the 2017 NZ Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards.

The book The Singing Dolphin / Te Aihe i Waiata was launched at the University Book Shop on the 31st March, and is a beautiful story told in both English and te reo Māori.

Awards in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are made in six categories: Young Adult Fiction, Junior Fiction (the Esther Glen Award), Non-Fiction (the Elsie Locke Award), Picture Book, Illustration (the Russell Clark Award) and Te Kura Pounamu Award (for books entirely written in te reo Māori). The Singing Dolphin / Te Aihe i Waiata is a finalist in the Picture Book category.

The 2014 UOCE Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence, Melinda Szymanik, is also a finalist with her book Fuzzy Doodle.

Winners will be announced in August.