Monday, 3 March 2014

Fiction - Age 10 up


NZ Writer

Juliet Jacka

Night of the Perigee Moon

Scholastic NZ     $19.50pb         2014

ISBN 978 1 7754 3203 6

Themes:         Enchantments/ Families/ Fantasy/ Magic/ Survival

Tilly Angelica is about to turn thirteen which means a big family party will be held, wonderful food will be prepared and Tilly’s special talents will be made known. But all Tilly really wants is to spend the day hanging out with her friends and being ‘normal’. However, the Angelica family who are coming to the party from all over the country are not normal. They are all slightly mad; they are magical and it seems likely they are all about to be enchanted by a discontented cousin who wants Tilly’s family home.      

This is a perfectly paced story, full of humour, believable characters and one that would be a pleasure to read aloud to a group. I can well see why it was given the Tom  

Fitzgibbon Award for 2013.  Recommended.

Year 6 up/ Age 10 up

Juliet Jacka  2013
 image Barbara Murison

Night of the Perigee Moon will be officially launched at the Margaret Mahy Day and AGM of Storylines on Saturday 29 March 2014 at Kings School, Remuera, Auckland. And at the Children’s Book Shop Kilbirnie, Wellington on Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 6pm. Google Scholastic New Zealand for more details.  

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