Top picks for tamariki, recommended by Stephen Clothier
The Inkberg Enigma
Written by Jonathan King
Miro lives in his books; Sia is never without her camera. The day they meet, they uncover a secret.
Stephen says: “This gorgeous and engrossing comic features exactly the kind of kids who you used to go on neighbourhood adventures with when you were young.”
Mophead: How Your Difference Makes a Difference
Written by Selena Tusitala Marsh
An inspirational graphic memoir of growing up Pasifika in New Zealand, written and illustrated by our fast-talking Poet Laureate, Selina Tusitala Marsh.
Stephen says: “This book is everything — by turns funny and poignant, strident and comforting, impetuous and patient.”
The History Speech
Written by Mark Sweet
It is 1960s provincial New Zealand, and a set of upper middle-class families enjoy the good life together. Adolescent Callum Gow’s father is a bully, his mother is having an affair, and there are secrets about abuse, suicide and the past.
Stephen says: “Callum’s voice and unique perspective kept us turning the pages with alacrity, and his tale of self-discovery is not one we think you should miss.”
Written by Michael Petherick
An exuberant multimedia novel for young readers and the young at heart.
Stephen says: This is a completely unique book with so much to discover — a whole diverse community, that really bursts off the pages.”