The Changeover – in all forms

Always good to read the book before watching the movie – I’ve just embarked on Margaret Mahy’s Carnegie Medal winning novel The Changeover (1984).
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Stuart McKenzie’s and Miranda Harcourt’s film version (Firefly Films) releases on 28 September.  Check out the trailer HERE.

Miss Twelve and friends are meanwhile entranced by the you tube clips on #MakingTheChangeover.

Nice moves by Radio New Zealand who are presenting the original 15-part adaptation of the book read by Miranda thirty years ago (adapted for radio by Carol Dee). Marvellous.

Find it HERE. 

RNZ also features an review of the re-realeased book by Hannah August HERE.

“Accumulated Power”

Just found this treasure – Margaret Mahy on the power of books and memory here in her piece on childhood favourites.  “The voices of my dead parents come to me out of the story, setting up profound sympathetic resonance in that echoing inner library, both voices mingling with mine as I read..”.

From the March/April 1997 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Family Reading.

Source: “Accumulated Power”

NZ YA Website Launch

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Hooked on NZ Books is an engaging and vibrant new website for all things NZ YA.

Created by the editors and writers of New Zealand books Pukapuka Aotearoa (launched in 1991 and edited by Harry Ricketts and Louise O’Brien), Hooked on NZ Books teaches how to write and publish reviews, offers an archive of professional and YA reviews and opinion and encourages readers to participate.

Hooked on NZ Books “want to know about what you read” and, “specifically, what you think about New Zealand books.”