Defenders one and two get a special mention at Storylines Awards!

Our poor Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She gave a wonderful speech at the Storylines NZ Children's Literature Charitable Trust 'Notable Books' event, fielded gripes and photo requests right up the length of the central aisle of the hall (including holding a tray of sandwiches for the waiter while he got his phone ready) and then, just as she thought she had made good her escape by emerging into the foyer, this mug wanders up and asks for a photo. It's not even a good photo. It's a terrible photo. But it had to go on the blog - of course it did.

By the way, The Dragon Defenders and The Dragon Defenders - Book Two: The Pitbull Returns both received a special mention from the judges! A big thank you to Storylines for the nod and for continuing to fly the flag for children's literature in New Zealand!

Louise Ward

Wardini Books and RNZ critic

"The plot is thrilling, the setting at once idyllic and dangerous. Readers will be inspired to leave their devices and see what they can see from the top of a tree, to go outside, look for dragons, and have adventures as breathtaking as Paddy, Flynn and Briar."

Adele Broadbent

"Part 3 in this heart-pounding adventure is sure to please Dragon Defenders fans. An Unfamiliar Place pounds the young brothers with new challenges, but with their feathered accomplice (Lightning the falcon) along for the ride, they battle through and never give up! The story stands on its own but the digital side of this great Kiwi series is a wonderful bonus. Loved it!"

Charlotte McKay

Judge, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

"Told at a rip-roaring pace with feats of incredible daring, masterful guile, and heart-stopping action. This is the book the fans have been waiting for!"

Eileen Merriman

award-winning author of A Trio of Sophies and Pieces of You

"A fast-paced action adventure that will have readers hanging on until the last page."

Tom E. Moffatt

award-winning author of Barking Mad and Mind-Swapping Madness

"An earth-shattering adventure of seismic proportions. You might need to feign sickness so you can finish it in one sitting."

Jenna Todd

NZ Book Awards Judge, Time Out Books manager

"I had so much fun reading this. It’s a rollicking adventure with a loveable cast of brave heroes."
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