Red Rocks by Rachael King has been shortlisted for the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards! The winners will be annonced on June 24, 2013. To learn about the awards and see the complete list of all finalists across all categories, go here. And to vote in the Children’s Choice category for Red Rocks, please go here. There’s $1000 worth of book vouchers up for grabs for some lucky child and their school.
Rachael will be making two Christchurch library appearances for March’s NZ Book Month: Shirley Library, 11.30am, Wednesday March 13 and South Library, 11.30am, Friday March 15. She will be talking about the inspiration behind Red Rocks, reading a chapter, and answering questions. This is suitable for children aged 8-12 and anyone else interested in reading or writing children’s books.
Zac Harding, Christchurch kids’ librarian extraordinaire and blogger over at My Best Friends Are Books, has named Red Rocks as one of his top middle grade novels for 2012 and one of his top 10 New Zealand children’s books for 2012. See his picks here and here.
Rachael will be appearing at three events in The Press Christchurch Writers Festival, which runs from August 30 – September 2. Firstly, the Thursday Read Aloud schools programme, alongside Gavin Bishop and Kate de Goldi; secondly as part of Thursday’s Pecha Kucha night which will be fast fun and furious, with a great line-up; and thirdly in conversation with Emily Perkins on Sunday. The festival is set to bring some lively talk to Christchurch – it’ll be fantastic. Check out the full programme here.
Red Rocks is now available in all good bookstores! It will be officially launched at The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, Wellington, at 5.45pm on Thursday June 7, by Jolisa Gracewood. All welcome. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you get the chance, for catering purposes.