Jane Arthur reviews the NZYCA 2023 Junior Shortlist for The Sapling
I’d also recommend it if you want a great read-aloud for that age group, including if you’re a classroom teacher and especially if you’re a skilled and funny storyteller. I’d also have pleasure recommending it to Māori kids, as te ao and te reo Māori are strongly present throughout the book, though it’s mostly written in English. There are a few line drawings by the awesome Isobel Te Aho-White. I could also tempt the buyer/reader with the promise of more to come, as this is the first in a new series, too.