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The fi­nal­ists for the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for

Chil­dren and Young Adults have been an­nounced. PamJones, con­venor of the judges said char­ac­ters burst off the pages and many of the books sub­mit­ted for se­lec­tion dealt with se­ri­ous is­sues in­clud­ing war, teenage preg­nancy, home­less­ness, racial ten­sions and bul­ly­ing. There were 35 fi­nal­ists across seven cat­e­gories in­clud­ing the first Best First Book Award. Fi­nal­ists are from all around the coun­try in­clud­ing il­lus­tra­tor Toby Mor­ris from Sandringham, Maris O’Rourke, Clau­dia Pond Ey­ley and Melinda Szy­manik all from Mt Eden. The win­ners will be an­nounced on Au­gust 14 in Welling­ton.

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