Red Rocks by Rachael King

Red Rocks

 

Adventure tinged with magic when a boy finds a sealskin in a cave in this exciting junior novel. Winner of Esther Glen Medal 2013.

While holidaying at his father’s house, Jake explores Wellington’s wild south coast, with its high cliffs, biting winds, and its fierce seals. When he stumbles upon a perfectly preserved sealskin, hidden in a crevice at Red Rocks, he’s compelled to take it home and hide it under his bed, setting off a chain of events that threatens to destroy his family.

Red Rocks takes the Celtic myth of the selkies, or seal people, and transplants it into the New Zealand landscape, throwing an ordinary boy into an adventure tinged with magic. With its beautiful writing and eerie atmosphere, junior readers will be thrilled and moved by this captivating story.

Shortlisted for the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2013.

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Inner Fire by R L Stedman

Inner Fire

‘Maybe it would be better if I started at the beginning.’ Gran watched me carefully. ‘This ability we have; my mother, me. You. We draw heat along our bodies; anger makes us flame.’

When her friend is assaulted, Corinne Peterson can’t help reacting. But she didn’t think and now her hands are burnt, Gran is coming to look after her and, scariest of all, strange men are watching her house. Could they be terrorists? Secret agents?

It seems that Gran’s idea of a solution is to introduce Corinne to Rowan. Okay, sure, maybe eighteen year old Rowan is gorgeous – but he has his own troubles. And right now, Corinne doesn’t need complications in her life.

But in a world of surveillance and secrecy, complexity is inevitable. And as the tension mounts Corinne realizes – maybe Gran can help her, after all.

An exciting new story from an award-winning author.

Contains coarse language and sexual references.

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Upon A Time by R L Stedman

Unpon a time

Fairy tales reborn! Inside this enchanting collection you’ll find stories that are not-quite familiar. An assassin with a midnight deadline; a shoe store owned by Princeton Charming; a sleeping, ever-so-enchanted beast; an enchanted mirror (how do you define “fairest” anyway?). These are stories you’ve read a hundred times — but never quite like this.

Written over a year, Upon a Time is more than just traditional tales. Each story marks a special day: Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Easter Sunday and more. In the tales in Upon a Time, history mingles with fiction and myth becomes real.

Upon a Time — stories of fantasy and romance, mixed with just a hint of magic.

“‘Excellent,’ she says cheerfully and brings her wand down with a thwack! Stars leap from its tip, out into the night, reaching over the ramparts and into the castle, earthing in the special glass of the slippers, that promptly…
Explode!

These are very well designed shoes. Not comfortable, but oh, so beautifully engineered.”

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A Memory of Fire by R L Stedman

A memory of fire

Held captive in a strange city, Dana dreams of fire and flight. There is something she must find, but she does not know what it is, or why it is important. If only her dreams would let her rest.

Half a world away, Will studies a new, exciting discipline. But while enchantress N’tombe is impressed by his newfound skills, inside he feels only desperation. A terrible moment is approaching. Soon, Dana must face her final ordeal. Is his new power enough to save her? And is he prepared for what might happen next?

In this thrilling conclusion to the award-winning SoulNecklace Stories, Will and Dana must make a heart-breaking choice. A choice that will change their world forever.

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A Skillful Warrior by R L Stedman

A skillful

The sequel to the award-winning A Necklace of Souls.

‘The warrior’s principal task: to make each moment count.’

Dana and Will must find the weapon to defeat the Emperor. But his army is close behind and the Kingdom and its Guardian have vanished – only N’tombe and Jed remain. As the comrades flee, Dana is hampered by dreams of dragons and by a deep, unbearable sorrow. A fire is coming, and she is in its path. Dana and Will must learn to overcome despair and to fight on, despite the darkness. For a warrior must adapt, or die.

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A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman

A necklace of souls

‘A true dream is when the events I see in my sleep have, or will happen. It’s a talent that runs in my family. I was thirteen when I had my first true dream’

Welcome to the award-winning world of A Necklace of Souls: a story of love and loss, of shattered lives and desperate hopes. For bravery is not always measured by strength and magic can be real, if only one has the courage to dream.

Will’s Aunt says the Kingdom of the Rose is the most fortunate of lands. But Will hates the place – his uncle and aunt are horrible, and he misses his parents. Dana wishes she wasn’t a princess. She’s always being told how to behave, what to wear. The collier’s cart seems the perfect escape. Only she didn’t realize she’d become so dirty, or so lost. Fortunately this boy, Will, has a sense of direction. And next to the forbidding stranger, N’tombe, he seems reassuringly normal.

Shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, A Necklace of Souls was awarded the Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction, Best First Book at the New Zealand Post Children and Young Adult Book Awards and is a Storylines Notable Book.

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The Omega Children – The Agent of the Diaspora by Shane A. Mason

Omega 3

Melaleuca and her cousins finally learn their ultimate destiny – to usher in the next age when the time of humans passes, however when a man turns up with hundreds of modern day costumes, Melaleuca gravitates to the seductive path of power and force, threatening to unravel the cousins’ innocence and power.

Will it be their undoing?

Lexington is in a coma. Her inner voice speaks freely. Uncle BearNard and Dunk are dead and Aunty Gertrude is locked in the dungeons, and many now believe the “Marauders” are back to save them. Pressure mounts on Melaleuca to lead the final assault on the Vahn, when under the northern hills Quixote discovers the Etamols, the last remaining beings of the age before humans. They warn Melaleuca to forsake the path of force, claiming the costume man is an imposter.

When the Inquisat attack in full force, Melaleuca realises the Vahn will never leave them alone, and despite the Etamol’s dire warning of losing power, she knows she must start building an army.

The final discovery of the secret purpose of the Vahn rocks Melaleuca’s and her cousin’s perception of what they have been trained for.

Can Melaleuca and her cousins defeat the Vahn, rescue those oppressed and remain uncorrupted to usher in the next age?

The Omega Children – The Agent of the Diaspora is the 3rd book in a YA semi-fantasy, action-adventure series featuring subterfuges, secret passages, costumes of power, strange beings, and a madman hell bent on revenge.

If you like hard to put down, fast paced mysteries, with engaging plot twists revealed only as the characters discover them, and a complex story line, then you will love Shane A. Mason’s compelling Omega Children Series.

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The Omega Children – The Vahn and the Bold Extraction by Shane A. Mason

Omega 2

As Melaleuca and her cousins are thrust deeper into the cruelty of the Vahn, she must make a decision. Fight back and risk corrupting their power or ignore the suffering around them.

Physically and emotionally bludgeoned by the Vahn, the brutal school of discipline, Melaleuca leads her cousins back to their base to lick their wounds. With Lexington overwhelmed, Ari delving into the power of the land, and Quixote running amok with incessant ideas, plus the “French Resistance,” telling them they are the foretold “Marauders,” Melaleuca struggles to hold to the non-violent, playing values of their upbringing.

Can she resist her urge to destroy those in power?

Lord Daquan realises they have the power source he has sought for 30 years and sets about plotting their downfall, and the ruling powers of the land carry on trying to break them. When in a final desperate attempt to shatter Melaleuca and her cousin’s will, they are entered into a deadly contest, Melaleuca is torn between fighting back or fleeing.

If she flees, the downtrodden that have waited for the Marauders to rescue them will be condemned to a lifetime of brutality.

The Omega Children – The Vahn and the Bold Extraction is the second book in a YA semi-fantasy, action-adventure series featuring subterfuges, secret passages, costumes of power, strange beings, and a madman hell bent on revenge.

If you like hard to put down, fast paced mysteries, with engaging plot twists revealed only as the characters discover them, and a complex story line, then you will love Shane A. Mason’s compelling Omega Children Series.

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The Omega Children – The Return of the Marauders by Shane A. Mason

Omega 1

Parents killed. A Hidden hostile land. The last of their line. They have no idea what’s coming next.

Melaleuca (Mel – la – luke – Ka) is left in charge of her wayward cousins when all of their parents are murdered, and she and her cousins are whisked away to a strange, hidden land to be cared for by a dithering Uncle and a cruel Aunt.

None of her cousins will follow Melaleuca’s lead, as all of their lives they have been raised with no rules and left to run wild, making it nigh on impossible. What’s more troubling is the land has never progressed past the Victorian age.

When a discovery is made allowing them to use the powers their parents once wielded, she begins to understand. As she tries to guide her cousins using the powers, they are sent to a vicious, cruel, disciplining school where they find children secretly waiting for the Marauders to return. However, the teacher’s seem intent on breaking down Melaleuca’s resolve and crushing the spirits and bodies of her cousins, if necessary.

They are the last of their line. If Melaleuca and her cousins are broken then all they are sent to save will be doomed forever.

The Omega Children – The Return of the Marauders is the first book in a YA semi-fantasy, action-adventure series featuring subterfuges, secret passages, costumes of power, strange beings, and a madman hell bent on revenge.

If you like hard to put down, fast paced mysteries, with engaging plot twists revealed only as the characters discover them, and a complex story line, then you’ll love Shane A. Mason’s compelling Omega Children Series.

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