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Melinda Szymanik

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My latest book is a sophisticated picture book 'The Song of Kauri' (Scholastic, 2014). My middle grade historical novel 'A Winter's Day in 1939' (Scholastic, 2013) was published last year as was my picture book 'While You Are Sleeping' (Duck Creek Press, 2013). I write for young adults, children of all ages and have published novels, picture books and have short stories in anthologies and educational publications. My 2008 picture book The Were-Nana was voted Children's Choice at the 2009 NZ Post Children's Book Awards.


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Melinda Szymanik there were many wonderful books that I read and loved as a child. Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen; Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the…morethere were many wonderful books that I read and loved as a child. Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen; Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Moon in the Cloud by Rosemary Harris, The Outsiders by SE Hinton, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin stand out in my mind, but there were others. I read voraciously so the list is long. I would recommend all of these.(less)
Melinda Szymanik I'm most inspired by everyday issues that interest me - bullying, family dynamics, self confidence, overcoming fear. I want to write stories that…moreI'm most inspired by everyday issues that interest me - bullying, family dynamics, self confidence, overcoming fear. I want to write stories that children can relate to and connect with and feel empowered by. The biggest challenge is finding a fresh exciting story to convey these issues so I'm always listening and watching and reading people and books and the news and tv and movies. Good books especially teach you what a good story looks like, and lots of reading has helped me to identify a story that will work with the issues I care about.(less)
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A Winter's Day in 1939
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The Half Life of Ryan Davis
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Jack The Viking
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Made With Love
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So I had a weird kind of summer hibernation where my writer's metabolism slowed right down in the languid seasonal heat - I guess maybe the equatorial folk would call that a siesta. Semantics aside, it seemed an involuntary response to everything that was going on and that had gone before, and in the end had a bit of a therapeutic quality. I feel (mostly) ready for 2015 and a new book project i... Read more of this blog post »
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Melinda Szymanik Dear Lucinda

wow, I am so pleased you enjoyed The Half Life of Ryan Davis. I am writing new stories all the time and will keep my Goodreads profile updated to reflect what I have coming out in the future. If you ever have any questions about me or my books just ask :)

best wishes
Melinda


Lucinda Dear Melinda,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on GoodReads. Your novel 'The half life of Ryan Davis was fantastic, and i concider myself extremely fortunate to have had the oportunity of reading it. I very much look forward to reading more of your work in the future.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


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