November Star Author competition

Our Star Author for November is Des Hunt who has written some great adventure stories set in New Zealand.  Frog Whistle Mine and Shadows in the Ice are set on the West Coast of the South Island, Cry of the Taniwha is set in Rotorua.

For the Star Author Competition this month, we want you to tell us why Des Hunt should set his next book in  Canterbury.  There are already some books by New Zealand authors that are set in Canterbury, including Elsie Locke’s The Runaway Settlers, Margaret Mahy’s Summery Saturday Morning, and James Norcliffe’s Under the Rotunda

To enter the competition, post a comment telling us where in Canterbury Des should set his next book,and why you think it should be here.  Remember to tell us your first name, and enter your email address so that we can contact you if you win.

The five kids who come up with the best answers will each win a copy of Des Hunt’s Cry of the Taniwha and his new book, The Naughty Kids Book of Nature.

Competition closes Tuesday 30th November.  See below for Terms and Conditions.

  • To enter this competition you must be between 8 and 12 years old and live in Canterbury. We may ask for proof of your address and your age.
  • If you are a winner, you consent to your name, photograph, entry and/or interview being used for reasonable publicity purposes by Christchurch City Libraries.
  • Staff of Christchurch City Libraries and their immediate families are not able to enter.
  • The competition ends on Tuesday 30th November 2010 at 5 pm.
  • We will announce the winners on the Christchurch Kids Blog on Friday 3 December 2010.
  • We will notify the winners by telephone and/or email.
  • The Christchurch Kids Blog judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Prizes are as stated and are not transferable.

9 Responses so far

  1. 1

    oxfordareayear7bloggers said,

    Set the book in eluminating Oxford! my new home town.my name Logan. My class room 13

  2. 3

    kezia knight said,

    i think the next story should be set near pike river because of the mine disaster an it would be a good way to honour the men hwho died, or set the story near darfeild because of the earthquake.

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    tierney reardon said,

    I think that this next adventure should be set on Quail Island, because it has a very interesting history. I know that there are lots of beaches, caves, a little bit of forest,
    and there are several historic buildings there, too. It is also home to a ships graveyard. There are creatures living there such as lizards, wetas, dolphins and starfish. Captain Falcon Scott trained his ponies and dogs there,which I think is interesting. Quail Island is near Lyttelton, Orton Bradley Park, and Diamond Harbour. I have been there many times and I think it has a very mysterious feel to it.

    • 7

      zackids said,

      I agree Tierney – Quail Island is a very mysterious place. The last time I was there it was kind of foggy and drizzling. I can definitely imagine all sorts of adventures that Des Hunt’s characters could get up to there.

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    Jamila said,

    I think Des Hunt’s next book should be set in Lyttlelton because it’s got friendly people, it’s an extinct volcano, the scenery is beautiful , it’s got interesting history and maybe even ghosts!.

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    Jasmine Irving said,

    I think the next book should be set in the castle hills. because there is so many rocks it would be a mysterious place and would be a good setting for any book

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