Posts Tagged ‘NZ Short Stories’

Time Machine & Other stories by Melinda Szymanik

August 30, 2019 Comments off

time machineTime Machine & Other stories by Melinda Szymanik. Pub. The Cuba Press, 2019.

Eighteen short stories about everything and a novella about a girl with an eye patch who gets kidnapped while dressed up as a pirate complete this very readable book for intermediate and junior high school students.

The first story about downhill racing in a home made cart with your sister who is on the brake will thrill you to bits. Then there is a story of a boy whose mother has eyes in the back of her head and she knows everything you are going to do. Is she an alien?.

Top it off with three stories about time machines and a boy who gets into a cage with a crocodile and others and you have a neat collection of stories to read.

You don’t have to read them all, although you be mad not to, and you can pick it up read for ten minutes and put it down. Give it a crack there is lots of imagination here.

The Tattooed Sisters and other stories by Bill Nagelkerke

November 28, 2016 Comments off

tattooedThe Tattooed Sisters and other stories by Bill Nagelkerke. Pub Self. Available  2016.

Kira and Miranda have been friends since pre-school but just as they reach their teen years  Kira’s parents announce they are moving away. The girls are stunned . What can they do to cement their friendship forever? A tattoo each, the same one but what will it be and where will they put it?

Read this excellent book of short stories by an author who has shown mastery of this genre. Every writer will tell you to write what you know about and Bill Nagelkerke has tapped into the rich vein of his childhood plus observations of life around him as an adult.

The stories are all tightly written and include subjects like bullying and the value and power of reading. This book of 20 short stories and poems will appeal to a wide range of readers from primary intermediate age to high school and young adult.

I recognised many similar aspects from my own childhood but couldn’t write them as well as Bill.

Read me another one, please!; NZ stories & poems for Children.

November 2, 2012 Comments off

Read Me Another One, Please! NZ Stories & Poems foe children selected by Belynda Smith & Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe. Pub. Whitcoulls, 2012.

If you want to start bedtime reading to your children or you want to bring the best NZ children’s writing to your classroom, then do not go past this new book.

It contains a collection of stories and poems from some of this county’s best known and critically acclaimed writers like Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Dorothy Butler, Tessa Duder and Gavin Bishop, plus some movers and shakers in todays literary world Brian Falkner, Tania Roxborogh, Deborah Burnside and Susan Brocker.

Up and coming writers like Bill Nagelkerke, Glenda Kane and Fifi Colston plus others get in as well plus some old hands Michael King, Roger Hall and John Parker

For me the best poem was John Parker’s Red Diggers Yellow Diggers for it’s high boy appeal and of course four cat poems from Joy Crowley. Gavin Bishop’s Chicken Licken gets an airing but the sky still falls on Chicken Lickens head.

Brian Falkner introduces an excellent story about Robot Boy and a wasp nest and Tania Roxborogh gets you to take your toes out of the water with a story about eels.

To top this book off Michael King writes a moving story about a Tangi and Roger Hall says No Cats for me.

An enjoyable montage of short stories, something for everybody and certainly a good present with the holiday period upon us.