Thursday, 8 June 2017

Review in Wild Things Magazine

Got a wonderful review by Liam for my book A Magpie Collection. This is what he says : -

"I completely enjoyed this book. The bird classification and 'how birds are named' explanantions made it easier to understand. Knowing what group they belong to helps you work out how to attract them to your backyard. It is a great book for anyone who likes birds. This book is a must have for bird identification. I loved everything about this book."

Thank you Liam - you made my day.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

A Magpie Collection

I'm excited to have launched my new book on 17 September 2016 at the Okura Village Hall. We helped raise over $500 for Friends of Okura Bush and had a fun time. Schools submitted student bird-themed art and there was also a bird mask competition on the day. Twelve children won books for themselves and their school libraries. The launch event was supported by Canoe and Kayak, who donated a kayak trip and Kokako Fairtrade, who donated packs of drinking chocolate.

A Magpie Collection: Neighbours with Feathers  is a non-fiction, interactive, children's book about birds.

Written for 8 to 12 year olds it introduces the reader to the birds found in their backyard or local neighbourhood and encourages him/her to become a bird detective and discover the secret lives of birds. Each bird has a QR-code so you can listen to the bird song on a mobile phone or tablet. Filled with beautiful photos, quirky illustrations and assorted facts it also has a website with more information for the inquisitive child, their parents and teachers.

The print version is available online from a variety of volunteer, conservation-focused organisations like Friends of Okura Bush and your purchase from them will raise much needed funds. It can also be found in some independently owned book stores and on trademe. Ask your local bookseller or library to get you a copy.

A version is available on Amazon but the paper quality is not as good and I suggest you source a copy in NZ. A kindle version is also available. Both of these versions are titled Neighbours with Feathers : A magpie collection of facts.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Trilogy complete with third volume now available

The Red Alert is now published and available in print and kindle versions. Grab yourselves a copy and enjoy.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Another thumbs up for The Black Box

Vita (aged 9) has just finish The Black Box and has clamoured to read the next in the series The Green Light. She says "The Black Box is technically the best book ever". Thank you Vita. Hope you enjoy The Green Light.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Green Light Published.

The second book in the Discovery series has been released on Amazon and Kindle. Called The Green Light, the story continues where The Black Box finished and follows twins Wills and Georgie as they try to convince others that their discovery is fact not fiction. Humans, pioneering scientists, have survived for fifty years on a forgotten Mars Space Station.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

10 out of 10

A nine year old girl loved The Black Box so much that she gave it 10/10. Thank you Sophie K.

All the feedback I have had to date has been so positive. The second book is almost ready for publication so watch this space!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Discovery Series

A three volume series about MESS -the Mars Experimental Space Station. Twins Georgie and Wills find a strange black box which, when held, plays a hologram of the Solar System. Inside are things which start them on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth of what happened to the pioneer scientists who took part in the project. For fifty years information has been ruthlessly suppressed and very few have any memory of the truth. The twins discovery will change all that.