We have five books to give away to readers (2xPerfect Petunias, 2xOxygen, 1xToday in NZ History). For a chance to win a book, enter below.
By William Trubridge
New Zealander William Trubridge has reached depths never thought possible on the precipice of low oxygen.
In a sport where failure usually means blacking out, it is a freediver’s daily life to contend with suffocation, narcosis, hallucinations, lactic acidosis, compressed lungs and immense water-column pressure — all while diving into depths of ink black ocean.
Exquisitely written, Oxygen is a mind-altering and immersive coming-of-age story about a boy who grew up on a sailing boat, with the sea his classroom and playground. It is about fighting the trappings of life on land and, pushing the limits of human physiology to become the world’s greatest freediver.
By Lynn Jenkins & illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan
The ‘perfect’ book for kids who find it hard to make mistakes! Sometimes ‘perfect’ just means trying your best.
Perfect Petunias is a book especially for those little people who find it hard to make mistakes, designed to ‘shape’ perfectionistic tendencies towards being a little more self-accepting and flexible. Loppy LAC is very worried about not doing his homework well enough. He is always focusing on what he hasn’t done rather then what he has, and he becomes very frustrated. So, his friend Curly teaches him about how petunias grow – in lots of different, imperfect directions that we can’t control! Loppy learns that by trying to control whether he makes mistakes or not it’s as if he’s always trying to grow ‘perfect’ petunias. Sometimes he just needs to accept that things go a certain way and to change his definition of ‘perfect’ to mean trying his absolute best. Perfect Petunias is the third book in the ‘Lessons of a LAC’ series. This gorgeous series, by an author and illustrator who are passionate about giving children ways to think about and manage common emotional difficulties, is a valuable resource for every child to help guide their emotional development.
Today in New Zealand History
By Neill Atkinson, David Green, Gareth Phipps & Steve Watters
On October 12, it will be a 100 years since the battle of Passchendaele in 1917. It was New Zealand’s ‘Blackest Day’ in terms of lives lost in a single day. The failed attack on Bellevue Spur was probably the greatest disaster in New Zealand’s history — just one of the many events that Today in New Zealand History covers — it reveals the milestones, innovations, catastrophes, victories and quirky facts behind the dates that made New Zealand History.
Enter below. Competition drawn 12pm Thursday 25 January. Winners contacted by email.