Can­dler sea guide wins author award

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Pukerua Bay author Gil­lian Can­dler has gained li­brar­i­ans’ ap­proval with her chil­dren’s guide to the seashore, At the Beach.

The book, il­lus­trated by Makara man Ned Bar­raud, was awarded a Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand award at a cer­e­mony in Welling­ton last Tues­day.

The Elsie Locke Medal is awarded for a work con­sid­ered to be a dis­tin­guished con­tri­bu­tion to non­fic­tion for young peo­ple.

Judge Pene Walsh said she saw a place for At the Beach in schools, li­braries and homes.

‘‘It is a hot-choco­lat-ta­ble book for not only the child who loves facts, but the one who loves quirky stuff and sto­ries. It is a book for brows­ing,’’ Walsh said. Can­dler was thrilled with her win. ‘‘Th­ese spe­cial awards are se­lected by a judg­ing panel of li­brar­i­ans, those book spe­cial­ists who know what chil­dren love to read. What a priv­i­lege to be se­lected by them for this award,’’ she said.

‘‘And to top it off, Elsie Locke holds a spe­cial place in my chil­dren’s book mem­o­ries. Her clas­sic, The Run­away Set­tlers, was the first chil­dren’s book I read that was set in New Zealand.

‘‘ Not only that, but it was an in­spir­ing story of chil­dren suc­ceed­ing against ad­ver­sity.’’

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