Reading List: 28 Maori Battalion

Maori Battalion








Those of us with family on the East Coast will more than likely whakapapa to somebody who served with the 28 Maori Battalion.  Here’s a list of books to find out more about the soldiers and history of C Company in World War II.

28th Maori Battalion

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Librarian Recommended YA Reads: All we had by Annie Weatherwax


all we had by annie weatherwax

There’s just Ruby and her mum Rita, bouncing from place to place, job to job and boyfriend to boyfriend to try to avoid going completely going under. Life is hard but Rita keeps picking herself up and reapplying her lipstick, trying to do her best for Ruby.

When their beater car breaks down in Fat River, they end up staying. Ruby becomes BFFs with Peter Pan, a transgender waitress at the diner where her and Rita end up working, and life becomes really good for a while. But then the financial crisis hits and Ruby’s life begin to unravel again – but this time there’s more to lose.

Realistic YA with quirky characters and honest language (swears). A great portrayal of what is reality for many people struggling with everyday poverty.

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Librarian Recommended YA Reads: Zeroes


Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo lanagan, Deborah Biancotti


Book 1 of the super exciting new series co-written by Scott Westerfeld (Ulglies), Margo Lanagan (Black Juice), and Deborah Biancotti (prolific short story writer).

Zeroes is written in the alternating viewpoints of six charcters: Scam, Bellwether, Anonymous, Crash, Mob, and Flicker, who all possess super powers that cost them more than they help them (except maybe for Bellwether).

It’s been described as “the famous five on steroids with a sprinkling of superpowers” and in true superhero/ine story style, some of the characters begin to transform into better versions of themselves. It’s a good read, an original concept, the female characters are well-written and represented, and there’s lots of tension to keep the story moving!

Read by Raschel

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Librarian Recommended Reads – Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Ryan North

Artist: Erica Henderson

Collection: Graphic Novels – Young Adult Section

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is fan-freaking-tastic, clever, and laugh-out-loud funny– it’s so good!! Starring Doreen Green as Squirrel Girl and little Tippy her squirrel friend and side-kick, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl takes us on *nutty* adventures where Iron Man is called upon for favours, college roommates have cat obsessions, and marvel baddies Kraven, Galactus, and Doctor Doom are taken on by our kooky hero. This volume brings together the first 5 instalments of her story, is an awesome all ages read, and even has a sweet collection of variant covers for other volumes at the back– couldn’t ask for much more!

Read by: Abi

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Librarian Recommended Reads – SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

SuperMutant Magic Academy

Writer/artist: Jillian Tamaki

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Caution: contains offensive language and sexual references

Collection: Graphic Novels – Young Adult Section

SuperMutant Magic Academy follows the super-powered Wendy, Marsha, Cheddar, Frances and friends as they navigate their way through high school and all its dramas. Set in a magical universe where no great foe exists for them to struggle against, they instead struggle with the angst and apathy of adolescence in a way that is both highly hilarious and entirely relatable. Tamaki’s serialisation of scores of single page strip comics coalesce into a dry, witty, mass of teenage ennui and misadventure in clean, black and white artwork that will lead you laugh out loud awkwardly to yourself all the way through.

If you enjoy a crazy mix of immature, cerebral and absurd comedy this comic is for you!

Read by: Abi

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Librarian Recommended Reads – Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave

Paul Cleave

Paul Cleave

The saying, ‘give me five minutes alone with that person’,  usually means someone wishes harm to another in retribution for a violent act, and this is the basis for this novel.

Paul Cleave is known for his very graphic writing and he doesn’t mince words on any given subject – and this title is no different!

Theo Tate and Carl Schroder, two Christchurch detectives, are on the hunt for someone who is meting out revenge for past violent crimes with the intention of satisfying the ‘five minutes alone’ wish of the victims or their families. However – innocent people are dying, and many members of the police force are all in favour of the revenge acts, which complicates any investigations.

Plenty of twists and turns in this book!

Read by Adrienne

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Staff Pick: Chappy by Patricia Grace


Uprooted from his privileged European life and sent to New Zealand to sort himself out, twenty-one-year-old Daniel pieces together the history of his Maori family. As his relatives revisit their past, Daniel learns of a

remarkable love story between his Maori grandmother Oriwia and his Japanese grandfather Chappy. The more Daniel hears about his deceased grandfather, the more intriguing – and elusive – Chappy becomes.

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