Children and young adult books October 2012

By Ann Packer In Books

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20th October, 2012
New Zealand under occupation by an Asian nation, a puppet prime minister, a Western Alliance hovering, waiting for an excuse to invade and liberate its allies: it’s a nightmare scenario. Mandy Hager is no stranger to writing about conflict – although THE NATURE OF ASH (Random House, $19.99) is set closer in time to the world we know than was her Blood of the Lamb trilogy. Set against the kind of devastation that’s all too familiar since the Christchurch earthquakes, the plot follows Wellington teen Ash after a bomb blast kills his dad, a union official. Ash is saddled ...

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