Sleep Sister by Karen Breen
Brand: Eunoia Literature
When the past won't leave you alone...
On the last day of 1979, sisters Gilly and Marina and their little brother Davy are running wild with all the other children at a remote campsite on a beautiful Northland beach. While the adults party, the children’s games grow more reckless.
Over the next seven years, the Duggan family tries to forget the tragic events of that night. But 1987 is the year that blows everything apart. A death in the family creates seismic shifts in loyalty. Trust is betrayed and new allegiances are formed. As the excesses of the early 80s come to an abrupt halt, the past resurfaces in the most unexpected ways.
This beautiful coming-of-age story revels in its time and place. A sharply intelligent novel that is both compassionate and cutting, Sleep Sister is an evocative and moving debut.
Smoke & Summer by Cao Wenxuan
Brand: Twinkling Books
Buy both Summer and Smoke by Cao Wenxuan hardbacks for the discounted price of $40.
Start off your Twinkling Books Cao Wenxuan collection with these two beautiful books.
Smoke by Cao Wenxuan
Brand: Twinkling Books
In poetic language, this book tells a story about understanding and tolerance. Mr Pang lives on the east side of the river and Mr Shou lives on the west.
They argue over trivial things and forbid their children to play with each other, and in turn, even the children stop their dogs playing with each other.
They are always fighting over something until one morning, when the two families are cooking breakfast. The family on the east side of the river is using wet firewood, giving off black smoke, while the family on the east side is using dried firewood, giving off white smoke.
The black smoke and white smoke float gently up into the air towards each other...and things start to change…
Cao Wen Xuan is the Winner of Hans Christian Andersen Award
"Smoke by Cao Wenxuan, is an amazing example of quality Children’s Literature from China translated into English, appealing to both native speakers of Chinese who are learning English as well as delightfully sharing Chinese culture with our English speaking students. In today's world it’s important that our children appreciate diversity and practice empathy and tolerance, both at home and at school, from an early age. Raising children to speak up when they see injustice and to develop great
global relationships may be the ultimate goal for educators today and Smoke by Cao Wenxuan supports the teaching of the PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes - particularly open-mindedness, tolerance and respect and also demonstrates conflict resolution. The illustrations by Yu Rong are spectacular, combining traditional Chinese hand cut paper art, with drawing. Her work brings two dimensional paper cuts into beautiful three dimensional illustrations."
- Alison Hewett, Head of Library Services at Kristin School.
Summer by Cao Wenxuan
Brand: Twinkling Books
In the hot summer sun a group of animals are eagerly looking for a shady place to rest.
The animals quarrel for a spot under a tree, until finally, the elephant wins. But when they look again, the tree is dying and has only a few leaves left. Just then, they see a father and son crossing the wasteland. The father’s shadow is like a canopy over the little boy...and the animals are intrigued…
Cao Wenxuan is the Winner of Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016
"Summer portrays the attributes of empathy, co-operation and inquiry through the use of rich language which is reminiscent of a poetry format. Children will be able to appreciate the changes in the environment while exploring the science concepts of sun and shadows which are illustrated by Yu Rong. Yu Rong has incorporated traditional Chinese hand cut paper art techniques with colourful drawings and visually pleasing backgrounds. Some of the pages have been cleverly cut and layered to enhance the experience and unveiling of the story."
- Alison Hewett, Head of Library Services for Kristin School.
Air Born by JL Pawley
Brand: Steam Press
Air Born is Book 1 in the new YA scifi series Generation Icarus
Destroyed in an instant.
So, who am I?
Seventeen-year-old Tyler Owen is smart, good-looking, and destined to be a fighter pilot. He’s mapped our his life and knows exactly where he’s headed.
That is, until his first solo sky-dive, when he undergoes a terrifying transformation. Caught on camera, Tyler becomes a viral hit. Everyone wants a piece of him, including the sinister Evolutionary Corporation and a religious cult known as the Angelists.
But the worldwide media coverage also alerts others like him. Driven by instinct, they come together and form the Flight. The first of an extraordinary new species, they have only one way to survive.