Win Frankie Potts books

New Zealand author Juliet Jacka has just released her brand new series all about an inquisitive girl called Frankie Potts.  The first two books, Frankie Potts and the Sparkplug Mysteries and Frankie Potts and the Bikini Burglar are out now and are fantastic reads for ages 7-10.  They are full of excitement, adventure and fun.  Check out my review here on the blog.

Thanks to everyone who entered!  The winner is Chris.

Win a copy of Fuzzy Doodle

Fuzzy Doodle is the stunning new collaboration between the very talented Melinda Szymanik and Donovan Bixley.  Fuzzy Doodle will be a favourite with young and old alike and I think everyone needs to own a copy of this wonderful book.  You can read my review here on the blog.


Thanks to the lovely people at Scholastic NZ I have a copy of Fuzzy Doodle to give away.  All you have to do to get in the draw is email, with the subject ‘Fuzzy Doodle,’ along with your name and address.

Thanks to everyone who entered.  The winner is Craig.


Win a copy of Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s new book, Raymie Nightingale, is an up-lifting, soul-expanding story. It’s a story of an unexpected, life-changing friendship, packed with unforgettable characters. I’m a huge Kate DiCamillo fan and I loved this book. You can read my review here on the blog.


Thanks to everyone who entered.  The winners are William, Leanne and Tami.

Win a copy of Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern has just released her debut YA novel, Flawed.  It is a tense, action-packed, edge-of-your-seat read and I absolutely loved it!  You can read my review of Flawed here on the blog.


Thanks to the lovely people at HarperCollins NZ I have a copy of Flawed to give away.  All you have to do to get in the draw is email with the subject line ‘Flawed,’ along with your name and address.

Thanks to everyone who entered.  The winner is Jeanna.

Win an advance copy of Raymie Nightingale

The super nice people at Walker Books Australia sent me an advance copy of Kate DiCamillo’s wonderful new book Raymie Nightingale. I’ve just finished it and can’t wait to shout about it.

I want to share the love so here’s your chance to read Raymie Nightingale before its published. All you have to do is email with the subject ‘Pick me’ along with your name and address. 

Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Sandra. There will be another chance to win Raymie Nightingale soon.

Sylvie the Second Blog Tour

Kaeli Baker is the author of Sylvie the Second, a story of identity, family, friendships both good and bad, and choices that can affect the rest of your life. It is a stand-out debut YA novel from a wonderful new local author.  You can read my review here on the blog.


Today I’m joined by Kaeli as part of her blog tour for Sylive the Second.  Sisters play an important part in Sylvie the Second so I asked Kaeli if she could write a post about her Top 5 sisters in fiction.  Read on to find out who they are.

My Top 5 Sisters in Fiction

The relationship between sisters, or even siblings in general, has always been a source of huge fascination for me. I’m an only child and the idea of growing up with someone close to my age, who shares DNA and bits and pieces of my parents – the same unruly hair, or the same crooked teeth – who sleeps in the room next door and argues over whose job it is to do the dishes, is so foreign to me.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise then, that I’ve always loved reading about sisters in fiction. Here are five of my favourites…

Kristy Thomas & Karen Brewer


The Babysitters Club Little Sister series, by Ann M. Martin

Kristy and Karen are stepsisters with a close and reliable bond. I had always wanted a big sister, and it interested me that two people could become sisters without blood ties. Karen admires Kristy and wants to be just like her. Kristy is the pinnacle of big sisterhood, providing help and advice to Karen when she needs it.

Pat & Isabel O’Sullivan


The St Clare’s Series, by Enid Blyton

Identical twins at a boarding school in England! My kid brain went wild over Pat and Isabel and the antics at St Clare’s. Their adventures kept me endlessly entertained – everything from midnight feasts to sneaking out, to pretending to be each other and tricking the teachers, which is obviously the biggest benefit of having an identical twin.

Kate & Anna Fitzgerald


My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

The complexity in this relationship is what I love most. The dilemma of being Anna – the girl born to save her sister, and Anna – a teenage girl with rights. The confusing tangle of love, duty and freedom. As you get further into the story it becomes clear that both girls are capable of selflessness, and care for each other deeply even when it’s messy.

Bellatrix LeStrange & Narcissa Malfoy


The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling

Two sisters heavily involved in the world of dark arts. One evil to the core, one…maybe not so much. The relationship between Bellatrix and Narcissa is strong – they even call each other Bella and Cissy. United in the web of a complicated family with fierce loyalties, eventually they find that their devotions take them in different directions.

Judy Woolcot and her whole entire family


The Seven Little Australians series, by Ethel Turner

Judy Woolcot is my favourite sister of all time. I was obsessed with these books. I wanted Judy to be my sister.

‘She had a small, eager, freckled face, with very bright dark eyes, a small, determined mouth, and a mane of untidy, curly dark hair that was the trial of her life.

Without doubt she was the worst of the seven, probably because she was the cleverest.’

Mischievous Judy is close to all of her siblings. In the end it becomes clear just how much she is willing to give up for them.


That sums up my top five! Thanks so much to Zac for letting me share his space on the interweb, and I hope you enjoy Sylvie the Second.


Make sure you visit tomorrow for the last stop on the Sylvie the Second Blog Tour.


sylvie-cover-copyWin a copy of Sylvie the Second!

Thanks to Makaro Press I have a copy of Sylvie the Second to give away.

To get in the draw for a copy of Sylvie the Second by Kaeli Baker simply email with the subject line ‘Sylvie the Second,’ along with your name and address.

Competition closes Wednesday 23 March (NZ only).

Win Magrit by Lee Battersby

Magrit by Lee Battersby is one of my recent favourite books.  It is a wonderfully crafted story that is magical, unusual, strange and captivating.  It stands out both for the incredible story and the beauty of the book itself.  You can read my review right here on the blog.


Thanks to Walker Books Australia you have the chance to get your hands on 1 of 5 copies of Magrit.

Thanks to everyone who entered. The winners are Kaeli, Katrina, Lynley, Wendy and Jeanna.

Win a copy of Olive of Groves

Olive of Groves by Katrina Nannestad and illustrated by Lucia Masciullo is an enchanting, entertaining and incredibly funny book, packed with imagination.  It is one of my favourite books of 2015 and you can find out why in my review here on the blog.


Thanks to HarperCollins NZ I have a copy of Olive of Groves to give away.

Thanks to everyone who entered.  The winner is Ange.