The 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults announced their shortlist. Finalists for the young adult award are Coming Home to Roost by Mary-Anne Scott, 1916: Dig for Victory by David Hair, Like Nobody’s Watching by L.J. Ritchie, Shooting Stars by Brian Falkner, and The Severed Land by Maurice Gee.
In Coming Home to Roost, Elliot’s is confronted by a rumor about his ex-girlfriend after he moves to a new town. Elliot hides from her attempts to find him, but he can’t stay hidden from the truth forever.
When Leigh signed up for the war in 1916: Dig for Victory, he had no idea he’d find himself working alongside Maori boys from home, let alone befriending Tamati Baines, whose visions might save them or get them killed.
In Like Nobody’s Watching, Oscar and his friends decide to hack the school’s surveillance system to get back at bullies. But their cyber vigilante antics take a turn for the worst, turning them into the bullies
Egan spent much of his whole life isolated from modern amenities like electricity, showers and toilets, and grocery stores in Shooting Stars. But when Egan is forced from his home, he finds himself thrust into the rest of the world – but the world and Egan are not ready for each other.
In The Severed Land, Fliss saves a drummer boy who, much to her dismay, is an overfed rich boy she must travel with to rescue the Nightingale.
The winners of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be announced on August 14 in Wellington.