Published by Mary Egan Publishing Publication date: March 2018 ISBN: 978-0-473-40128-3
Crazy. Bold. Fearless. Parris Goebel was destined to make her mark.
Young Queen is the autobiography of a dancer with a dream . . . a young Polynesian girl who grew up in New Zealand and went on to conquer the hip hop world.
In this honest memoir, Parris Goebel shares the extraordinary story of how she went from high-school dropout to award-winning dancer, choreographer and video director.
At just 19, Parris got her big break choreographing for Jennifer Lopez. She has since worked with some of the biggest stars in music, including Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, creating his record-breaking video, ‘Sorry.’
In these pages, Parris reveals the challenges, fears and obstacles she’s faced on her journey and gives fans and readers a backstage look into her life and the lessons she’s learned.
Filled with photos from Parris’s personal collection, on tour and on set, this is a fun and inspiring read for anyone with a dream.
A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies, Kate Hursthouse
Publishing by Little Love Publication date: March 2018 ISBN: 978-0-473-42235-6
Have you ever seen . . .
A pandemonium of parrots? A loveliness of ladybugs? A dazzle of zebras?
Follow us on our adventure as we discover 25 different colourful animals and their wonderful, wacky group names.
The vibrant, full-colour illustrations by New Zealand artist Kate Hursthouse take us on a journey to meet some of our world’s unique and fabulous creatures.
Bright Ideas For Young Minds
Publishing by Mary Egan Publishing Publication date: 1 November 2017 ISBN: 978-0-473-40377-5
This striking hardback book is full of activities and experiences for New Zealand children. It is an essential go-to resource for parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents of children aged 0 – 6.
The team at BestStart, New Zealand’s largest early learning provider, has put together this book especially for people like you. Written by over 100 early childhood educators, with contributions from Plunket, the Heart Foundation and Jumping Beans, this book is a treasure trove of activities designed to stimulate the inquiring minds of our youngest learners. From Wet and Wild Adventures, Crazy Rocks, Giant Ice Balls to Stomp Painting, this book has dozens of brilliant low-cost ideas – all beautifully photographed and laid out in an easy-to-follow style complete with learning outcomes and handy tips – that your kids will love.
Bright Ideas for Young Minds is guaranteed to fill many an afternoon with wonder, giggles, shrieks of delight and countless lightbulb moments when a skill is mastered, new knowledge is gained and imaginations are ignited!
How do you build an aeroplane when you’ve only got one wing?, Beck Wheeler
Publishing by Little Love Publication date: March 2018 ISBN: 978-0-473-40905-0
How do you build an aeroplane when you’ve only got one wing?
Toby and Harriet want to fly around the world.
But their aeroplane is missing something important.
They’d better use their imaginations to come up with a solution.
Simple text and colourful illustrations combine beautifully to make an easy-to-read book about problem-solving and imaginative play.
Bruce Finds A Home, Kathryn Van Beek
Publishing by Mary Egan Publishing Publication date: 1 March 2018 ISBN: 978-0-473-39173-7
Bruce Finds A Home is based on the true story of Bruce the Cat, who was found on the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, when he was just one day old. At first Bruce was a tiny little creature who had to be bottle-fed around the clock, but now he’s big and strong (and a little bit naughty). His story went global and now he has thousands of kindhearted followers all over the world. Bruce lives with his humans and his “big sister” Jager, who is also a rescue cat.
The Vanishing Act, Jen Shieff
Publishing by Mary Egan Publishing Publication date: March 2018 ISBN: 978-0-473-39198-0
Respectable appearances can hide the blackest of secrets.
The Vanishing Act is a spicy tale of intrigue set in 1960s New Zealand, where society’s constraints and the laws of the day made outcasts of lesbians and prostitutes.
Rosemary Cawley is used to hiding. With a penchant for beautiful women, such as gorgeous art tutor Judith Curran, the well-heeled fine arts lecturer knows she must keep the blinds drawn. After all, her love life led to her being banished from London to New Zealand by her ultra-conservative, upper-crust family. She thinks she has it all under control until someone starts to blackmail her, threatening to expose a shameful, dreadful episode in her past.
General practitioner George Abercrombie and university registrar Alistair Dunstan are two old friends bedevilled by their greed for money and sex. Surreptitious photographs of women undressing, stolen money hidden in a floor safe – where will it end? In walks Rosemary. Will she be the undoing of them both, or will their unwanted attentions and intimidation drive her over the edge?
When Dr Abercrombie is murdered, Inspector Maynard cranks up the heat. Will he solve the case, or will somebody crack first?
A Parallel Universe, Cheryl Nicol
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-39744-9
Earthquakes in New Zealand have always been a reminder of its Geological idiosyncrasies, and occasionally when the earth moved, so did our little house on Christchurch’s sandy suburban fringe.
My father – declared a near-genius by my mother – was a mechanical engineer, collector and inventor of such useful items as industrial tile cutters, lawnmower sharpeners, a hovering conveyance platform, a collapsible boat and an ingenious multi-chicken decapitator – to name but a few.
My mother, on the other hand, was a complicated woman with Jekyll and- Hyde tendencies, a creative bent and certain knowledge that civilisation was irrevocably doomed. There was much talk of ending up in the nut house.
Living on a shoestring required creative recycling and reimagining.
Disappointingly for my mother, her Ten Toothsome Ways with Gourmet Offal were not a success.
We didn’t appreciate how lucky we were, she said. Trying to lip-read Mr Ed through a shopfront window wasn’t my idea of lucky. Owning a television wasn’t hers, but she was prepared to reconsider when New Zealand got colour. Fortunately my father couldn’t wait for something that might never happen; instead, we became the proud owners of a black-and-white nineteen inch legless Idiot Box.
No more sing-songs around the piano, reading a book after dinner or lengthy debates on the merits of cod liver oil as a laxative. The world and one corner of our lounge had just become a brighter place.
“This is an impressive, amusing, intriguing and really well written story” – Norman Bilbrough, Author, Reviewer, Writing Award Judge and Manuscript Assessor
“Absolutely brilliant!” – Dr Marianne Tremaine, Reviewer Heritage New Zealand Magazine
The Sound of Her Voice, Nathan Blackwell
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-39360-1
For Detective Matt Buchanan, the world is a pretty sick place. He has probably been in the job too long, for one thing. And then there’s 14-year-old Samantha Coates, and the other unsolved murder cases. Those innocent girls he just can’t get out of his head.
When Buchanan pursues some fresh leads, it soon becomes clear he’s on the trail of something big. As he pieces the horrific crimes together, Buchanan finds the very foundations of everything he once believed in start to crumble. He’s forced across that grey line that separates right and wrong – into places so dark, even he might not make it back . . .
This is an astonishing first novel by ex-detective Nathan Blackwell that is guaranteed to grip you.
It will reverberate in your head long after you’ve finished reading it.
Feel A Little
Written by Jenny Palmer Illustrated by Evie Kemp
Published by Little Love (Imprint of Mary Egan Publishing) ISBN: 978-0-473-38445-6
Animated rhymes and colourful illustrations helping children (and their grown ups!) talk about emotions. This is a book to come back to again and again, whether you feel a little nervous, happy, angry or just plain silly!
The Empty Coffin, Gary Moore
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-38895-9
“I know this sounds crazy but there was blue light coming out of his hands and I could feel all my pain flowing out of me.”
When Dean Bradley is brutally murdered for his new shoes, undertaker Ken Tamati does a lovely job on the corpse — but next morning, the body has vanished from the funeral parlour.
That day, a mysterious figure — witness give wildly conflicting descriptions — begins rescuing victims of assault all over Auckland and healing their horrific injuries with a dazzling light. They call him the Rainbow Man.
Who is he? The police and media think the stories of apparent miracles can’t possibly be true. The public thinks this may be the Second Coming.
Meanwhile a brutal serial killer is about to strike again, young Tom Heke is on the run from both the police and a fearsome Maori gang, and Constable Mary Clark puzzles her colleagues by knowing more about the Rainbow Man than she should.
Gary Moore’s debut novel is a fast-paced thriller with cracking dialogue, sly humour and, underlying it all, a serious ecological message.
Slave Power, Raewyn Dawson
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-38937-6
Will the Peace Way succeed?
East of the Black Sea, c.300 BC: Fifteen-year-old Melo is one of the most gifted Riders in the Wild Horse Tribe, destined to become a leader in her female warrior clan. Her old rival Mithrida, however, has cunning plans of her own. But when city slave traders cut a violent path through the Plains, all the Amazon Tribes are under threat.
Far, far away on the Holy Island, Sofia, a young priestess-intraining, wonders why these strangers have landed on their isolated shore. Can she find the answers from the Black Rock? When the worlds of traders, slaves and warriors collide, new alliances come from unexpected sources and new powers are harnessed. But is it enough for the Peace Way to succeed?
Tasting Stars, Karen Mills
Published by Mary Egan Publishing Cover designed by Keely O'Shannessy ISBN: 978-0-473-39497-4
At first glance, thirteen-year-old Rose Ann Dixon’s family life in 1960s Otara seems unremarkable. Her home, which she shares with her father, mother and five younger siblings, looks no different from those around it. But her close friend and neighbours know otherwise.
A gift from her teacher on her thirteenth birthday is a turning point in Rose’s life. After hearing Martin Luther King’s inspiring words, Rose realises that everyone can have dreams and, what’s more, they have a right to expect them to come true.
Rose begins a journey from Otara to Wellington and finally to India. Sustained by the love and wisdom of a recently deceased aunt and the kindness of her best friend’s family, Rose learns things that give her the strength she needs to save those she loves.
Karen Mills writes a gripping story about family violence with profound understanding – and delightful humorous touches.
“I fell in love with Rose Dixon the moment I met her, trying to hide the evidence of her little sister’s bedwetting from their violent unpredictable father… I wanted to cheer for her from the first page…” –Elizabeth Smither
The Student Body, Simon Wyatt
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-36243-0
In The Student Body, Simon Wyatt takes the reader on a thrilling journey to catch a killer through his eyes as a former police detective.
A popular fifteen-year-old girl is strangled to death at a school camp on Auckland’s west coast. The posing of the body suggests a sexual motive. Nick Knight, a week into his role as a newly promoted detective sergeant, is tasked with the critical job of leading the Suspects Team.
Nick – who turned his back on a lucrative career as a lawyer – is well-versed at dealing with the dark sides of human nature. With no shortage of suspects, he sets a cracking pace on the trail of the murderer, grappling his own personal demons along the way. But are things really as they seem?
Tu Meke Tūī, Malcolm Clarke and FLOX
Written by Malcolm Clarke, illustrated by FLOX Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-34375-0
Tere the Tūī and Taitū the Takahē are two very different sorts of birds: one loves to flit and twirl about in the sky, while the other prefers to rustle around in the undergrowth.
Tu Meke Tūī! is a story of friendship, courage and discovering that sometimes it’s our differences which make us truly special.
Double-edged Sword, The Simonne Butler Story
By Simonne Butler and Andra Jenkin. Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-36435-9
Double-edged Sword is a survival story like no other. In 2003 Simonne Butler’s violent partner, high on methamphetamine, cut off both her hands with a samurai sword. Her hands were reattached in a groundbreaking marathon surgery and she spent the next decade healing her mind, body and spirit.
To the Ice and Beyond, Graeme Kendall
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-39906-1
Kiwi yachtsman Graeme Kendall was the first person to sail the Northwest Passage solo non-stop. Sailing east to west, he knocked off the “Everest of sailing” in just 12 days – the fastest recorded – as part of his extraordinary solo circumnavigation of the globe. This is a story of determination, meticulous planning and rugged courage.
Striking Gold, Suzanne McFadden
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-34372-9
In the Montreal summer of 1976, a band of tenacious Kiwis triumphs against all odds to be crowned Olympic champions. Striking Gold weaves together each man’s story with the team’s epic quest, rising to a dramatic and heroic final that lives on today in New Zealand sporting folklore. Striking Gold is as much about social history as sport, dramatically telling the inspiring tale of an unlikely bunch of blokes who pulled off New Zealand’s most improbable Olympic gold medal.
The Gentlemen's Club, Jen Shieff
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-32742-2
A psychological thriller that will shock you to the core. Headstrong and independent, Rita Saunders is a successful hairdresser by day and a busy brothel madam by night. The only thing missing from her life is the love of a good woman. Istvan Ziegler is a Hungarian immigrant who has come to New Zealand to work on the brand new harbour bridge project. He is full of hope and dreams of a better life. Sixteen-year-old Judith Curran has come to Auckland for an abortion. With no money or family support, she finds herself at the mercy of strangers and simply has to hope they have her best interests at heart. Becoming bound into a desperate situation involving a group of orphan girls, Rita, Judith and Istvan find fortitude they never knew they possessed. But do they have enough of it to expose the menacing orphanage director and the slice of the heartless and seedy 1950s' underworld he inhabits? The Gentlemen's Club is an honest and gritty debut novel that will linger with you long after you have finished reading it.
The Grand Electrification of the South, Gay Buckingham
Published by Power Company Limited ISBN: 978-0-473-35350-6
The history of The Power Company Limited and its predecessors, The Southland Electric Power Board and The Southland Electric Power Supply (1914-2015)
Good Sons, Greg Hall
Published by Mary Egan Publishing ISBN: 978-0-473-38378-7
In early 1914 Frank Wilson and his two close friends, Tom Davis and Robert Sutherland, are growing up in Oamaru in the South Island of New Zealand. The coming war in Europe arouses the hopes and dreams of a generation of young men. The pressure becomes irresistible and one by one the boys become soldiers. Frank delays his decision but in 1916 a strange encounter shocks him into enlisting.
After a rapid coming-of-age in the training camps of the North Island the novel moves to France. A reunion, the insanity of a love affair in the midst of a terrible war and a brutal event set Frank on course for the best and worst days of his young life. As he becomes a frontline soldier and experiences hard fighting, fate forces him to make an agonising decision. Good Sons is a poignant story of youth and war, love and loss, suffering and hope.
Published by Shelagh Duckham Cox ISBN: 978-0-473-36386-4
In 1940 at the age of five, Shelagh Duckham was evacuated with her family to North Wales where she spent the war years. They moved to Washington D.C. in 1945 when her father was offered the post of British Agricultural Attache to the U.S.A. The family was repatriated to England in 1950 and Shelagh’s teenage and university years were lived in a land of post-war austerity. In 1966, as ‘ten-pound Poms’, she emigrated with her husband and three small children from the city of Oxford to the small town of Levin, New Zealand.