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Jun 22

Is Your Grandpa A Dinosaur?

by Richard Fairgray on 22 June 2016

Have you ever wondered if your Grandpa might be a dinosaur? Well, with this handy flow chart you can finally figure it out. Just follow the simple questions and you'll finally know for certain. This helpful flowchart comes from Richard Fairgray - co-author of My Grandpa Is A Dinosaur.

Jun 15

Read ‘em and Weep

by Penguin Random House on 15 June 2016

First it’s a lump in your throat. Then comes the slight prickle in both eyes. It’s too late now, you can feel the floodgates opening. One single, dramatic tear turns to three… and before you know it, you’re full on sobbing! We’ve all been there – and if nothing else, it’s cathartic. So jump aboard the tear wagon and indulge in a therapeutic cry fest. These weepy reads are sure to help.

A record number of entrants and a kaleidoscopic range of crime tales illustrates the growth of New Zealand crime writing but provided a real challenge for the judges of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, who have revealed the longlist for their 2016 award.

This year marks an extraordinarily high standard of children’s literature, say the judges for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and Penguin Random House is pleased to announce that seven of our authors have been announced as finalists today.

If you’ve made the courageous decision to go junk-free this June, we salute you! Eating no junk food for a whole month will be hard, so here’s a few books we think might help you on your journey to a better you.

This month marks the 74th anniversary of Anne Frank receiving her notorious diary for her 13th birthday in 1942. ‘Kitty’, in various published forms, has been translated into more than 60 languages and sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Neill Birss, a junior reporter at the time, sat down with Burt Munro in the 1960s to write about Burt's exciting life adventures. The project slipped off his radar, and the hand-typed interviews were lost. Many decades later, through the tragedies of the Christchurch earthquakes, they were rediscovered. This is Neill's tale of his lost interviews.

BookShots are short, high-impact stories by James Patterson and other writers that can be read in one sitting. Each and every one is fast-paced, 100% story-driven; a shot of pure and satisfying entertainment.

Well-known novelist, Witi Ihimaera, has won the Ockham New Zealand Book Award for General Non-Fiction category, for his memoir, Maori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, the gripping story of love, obsession and murder has been a runaway success, smashing nearly all the records by selling an astonishing 8 million copies worldwide, and occupying the No. 1 spot on the UK hardback chart for 20 weeks, the longest any book has ever hold the top position.