MUP authors shortlisted for CYA book awards


We are thrilled to announce that three of our books have been shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

In the young adult category is Aspiring by Damien Wilkins, published under the Annual Ink imprint. The judges noted: ‘Damien Wilkins has a proven track record in the adult literary fiction space, and here he capably carries over his sophisticated but unpretentious style in a way that will appeal to teens and adults alike.’

Janet Hunt’s Three Kiwi Tales is nominated in the non-fiction category. The judges commented that ‘readers are connected to the complex process of caring for kiwi, without ever getting mired in complicated jargon. It is inspirational to see the outstanding work that goes into saving our national bird, and the strong combination of science, history and narrative makes this an emotionally compelling read.’

#Tumeke! by Michael Petherick is nominated in the junior fiction category and is also up for best first book. #Tumeke! is also published under the Annual Ink imprint. The judges noted: ‘Who would have thought a library notice board could inspire innovation, friendship and romance — not to mention some sick beats? #Tumeke! is a multimedia surprise packed with poetry, lyrics, emails, emojis, illustrations and engaging storylines. A fresh, unique take on storytelling.

Congratulations to Damien, Janet and Michael, and to all the authors and publishers shortlisted. You can read the full list here.