Best Youth Novel
Battle Of The Birds
Phillip W. Simpson
Pear Jam Books
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On behalf of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc. Rapture has been successful in getting onto the final ballot for the 2012 Sir Julius Vogel Awards in the Youth Fiction category.
The vote will occur at UnConventional, to be held in Auckland, New Zealand.
For more details on the convention see
Thanks to everyone who voted!
"Writing, both the practise and assessment of it, is highly subjective. What one teacher considers good writing may not be considered as such by another. In terms of assessment, it is often hard to get consistency from two teachers on one piece of writing."
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Bookings Now Open!
Everything you always wanted to know about e-books but were afraid to ask: A workshop that aims to provide practical information and advice to assist writers interested in e-publishing their work
Where: Massey University, SNW200 Sir Neil Waters Theatre,
Gate1, Dairy Flat Highway, Albany
Date: Saturday 28th April 8.45am – 5.00pm
Cost: $100 Kiwi Write4Kidz, NZSA, Storylines
and Write Good Stuff/PearJamBooks members,
$130 for non-members
(morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided)
Speakers include: Hazel Edwards, Jill Marshall, Maureen Crisp, Maggie Tarver, Phillip W. Simpson, Paul de Temple, Rhonda Kite and more
"Like many authors, my path to mainstream publication has been somewhat rocky. I’ve had to sidestep some rather large boulders and avoid a few snares. Once, I even got trapped by quicksand."
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"I never set out to write a novel that would be labeled dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic.
Maybe I’m a little slow or dull, but I’d never heard of dystopian as a genre before I started writing Rapture. Sure, I’d heard of post-apocalyptic fiction (and loved it!) but not dystopian. Weird thing is, even though I hadn’t labeled it, I’d read more than my share. I knew what it meant but I just didn’t consider it as a specific genre."
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I have had some comments from a few disgruntled readers that you can't get Rapture in print. Not true!
While it may not be in every book store yet, you can get it easily on-line through Amazon (and B&N etc etc).
Click here to order a print version of Rapture. Only $15.99.
Click here to order an ebook version of Rapture. Still on sale at $2.99 (was $9.99).
This book really surprised me as to how good it was. It is a captivating story with non stop action and a kick ass character. I thought is was very well written and easy to follow. I hated to put this book down for a second but unfortunately life got in the way a couple of times but when I picked up where I left off I would be totally emerged in this story immediately.
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Writing: Enthralling and everything you ever want it to be. I never had an issue trying to keep up with what was going on or getting bored and skimming pages. Perfect for readers 14 and up.
Overall I give Rapture a legit and well-deserved 5 star rating!
Click here to read Tatiyana's entire review
phillip w. simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of YA and children's books.