Instituted in 1998, the Gaelyn Gordon Award commemorates the life and works of Gaelyn Gordon (1939-1997), and honours a book by a New Zealand author that has proved itself a long-standing favourite with New Zealand children, yet not won a major award.
2009: Fleur Beale: I am Not Esther
'Imagine that your mother tells you she's going away. She is going to leave you with relatives you've never heard of - and they are members of a strict religious cult. Your name is changed, and you are forced to follow the severe set of social standards set by the cult. There is no television, no radio, no newspaper. No mirrors. You must wear long, modest clothes. You don't know where your mother is, and you are beginning to question your own identity. I am not Esther is a gripping psychological thriller written by popular children's writer, Fleur Beale. In Esther she creates an enthralling and utterly compelling portrait of a teenager going through her worst nightmare.
About the Author
Fleur Beale is a former teacher who was inspired to write 'I am not Esther' when one of her students was beaten and expelled from his family for going against their religious beliefs. She has published over 13 novels and received an Honour Award for 'I am not Esther' in the 1999 NZ Post Children's Book Awards.
2008: Dorothy Butler & Elizabeth Fuller: My Brown Bear Barney
Brown bear Barney is a very precious teddy bear, his little-girl owner loves him so much that she takes him everywhere she goes. But school days are coming closer and closer. Do bears go to school? Suggested level: junior.
2007: Fleur Beale: Slide the Corner
2006: Lynley Dodd: The Nickle Nackle Tree
In the Manglemunching Forest, there's a Nickle Nackle tree, growing Nickle Nackle berries that are red as red can be. And, that's not all that's nestling on the twisty branches of this laden tree. Count up some fabulous Lynley Dodd creations, such as one Ballyhoo bird, kicking up a din and two squawking Scritchet birds with legs so twiggy thin, to nine friendly Natter birds, building nice new nests to ten fussy Fissick birds in yellow feathered vests.
'Dodd's pictures are good, but the rhyming verse is even better -- delightful to read aloud and soon learned by heart' Independent on Sunday
About the Author- Lynley Dodd is an award-winning author/illustrator enormously popular for her rhyming stories of the memorable Hairy Maclary, Slinky Malinki, Schnitzel Von Krumm and many others! She worked as a teacher before beginning to write her own books in 1974. Lynley lives in New Zealand.
2005: Tessa Duder: Night Race to Kawau
What started as an exciting challenge turns into a nightmare when a gale unexpectedly blows up during the night race to Kawau Island. Sam and her mother suddenly find themselves in charge of their yacht with a dangerous task ahead of them. Will Sam be able to save her family?
2004: Maurice Gee: Under the Mountain
2003: Alan & Betty Gilderdale: The Little Yellow Digger
2002: David Hill: See Ya, Simon
2001: Pamela Allen: Who Sank the Boat?
2000: Joy Watson & Wendy Hodder: Grandpa's Slippers
1999: Elsie Locke: The Runaway Settlers