Stories


Find our posters at bus stops around Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, scan the QR code and discover unmissable stories for your ride. Or take it home!

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The Coalition for Books is a kaitiaki (guardian) of Aotearoa New Zealand’s literary landscape overseeing wider engagement and access for readers with the diverse range of high quality locally produced books.

Stories for Suitable for Young Adult Readers
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I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that January when I arrived in Dunedin. I stood in front of the dirty shallow porch of my flat and it wasn’t quite ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

11 min read

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Flip Flop Bay is the sixth in the Elastic Island Adventures children’s book series for children aged 7 – 12, but note the books can be read ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Travel & Environment
Karen McMillan

18 min read

Published by Duckling Publishing
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    The house at 660 Castle Street was built as a Presbyterian Manse in 1923, designed by architect E.W. Walden and built by Loan and Watson. By ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

7 min read

Published by Imagination Press
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Inspiration: The Hector Dive by Telmo and Miel     Take me with you, Dolphin, let me Clasp tightly Onto your jagged fin Breath throug ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Eddy Smallbone (orphan) is grappling with identity, love, loss, and religion. It’s two years since he blew up his school life and the earthquakes f ...More

Literary Fiction
Kate De Goldi

22 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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Inspiration: Artwork by Richard “Pops” Baker   Don’t hang me on the wall of your lounge Freeze frame frozen in time I need un ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke     Rarer than gold Water shading, light dancing, greased lightning. Shimmering, ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Fern Mercier

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Nā J.K. Rowling ~ Nā Leon Heketū Blake  i whakamāori  Ko tētahi o ngā tino kōrero mā ngā tamariki ā mohoa nei, ko tā J.K. Rowling Har ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Translation
J. K. Rowling

33 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac Feathers rising high above the clouds Powerful wāhine warrior, our guardian Watching and waiting Protecting Christch ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke   Dragons fly easy High streams of sibylline light Lazy loops of gold Cerulean mystery ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Fern Mercier

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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  Kingdom of Blong is the fifth in the Elastic Island Adventures children’s book series for children aged 7 – 12, although note all the boo ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Travel & Environment
Karen McMillan

17 min read

Published by Duckling Publishing

Mo

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When Mo was born her mother fractured into tiny pieces, her father disintegrated and her family broke up completely. Mo was left in the care of a ...More

Fiction
Bill Nagelkerke

18 min read

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I was looking forward to 2011. I hadn’t been finding 2010 to be a very settled year. On one level I put the unsettled feeling down to it being ...More

Non Fiction
Kay McKenzie Cooke

12 min read

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The Sparrow by Tessa Duder ~ A powerful new historical novel from one of New Zealand’s best-loved YA authors An exciting new novel from the author of A ...More

~BOOK BLURB~, Historical Fiction
Published by Penguin Books NZ
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It was a pretty chill place to live for the first two thirds of the year. It was a place of freedom and acceptance, a place of thinking, talking, cups of tea a ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

15 min read

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Inspiration: Artwork by Cracked Ink   Silver fences keep me from the touch of tourists. I am kissed by cameras, spoken around, as though I have not le ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Meché Phillips

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Tepid and Wisk     A continuous loop repeating itself. A couple seconds closer to your birthday. A few seconds clos ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Amor Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Jacob Yikes   The afternoon sun has made Alice sleepy. She follows White Rabbit down a different dark, mossy hole ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Alice Li

2 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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A wedding in the Depression could be – well, depressing when a girl’s happiest day was pinched by poverty. So when Pauline and Eddie married it was ...More

NZ History
Garrick Batten

8 min read

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Inspiration: “Elephants” by Owen Dippie     A family, part of a herd, strong, steady and constant. My first visit to Christchurch, I se ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Jean-Paul Leung

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by D Side     Cluck, cluck, cluck, A pirate digging. Dig, dig, dig, Deeper in the sand. Brr, brr, The tree leaves swishi ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Selena Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Owen Dippie Ballerina twirling past me dressed in a beautiful blue. Two girls invite me to play their game of hide and see ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Cleo Hopkinson

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission