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Melinda Szymanik

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My latest book is a sophisticated picture book 'Fuzzy Doodle' (Scholastic, 2016), a 2017 Storylines Notable book, finalist in the 2017 NZ Children's and Young Adults Book Awards and a 2017 White Raven selection. My most recent children's novel was the middle grade historical, 'A Winter's Day in 1939' (Scholastic) published in 2013. This book was a 2014 Storylines Notable book and won Librarian's Choice at the 2014 LIANZA Awards. 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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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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Just in case you haven't seen them anywhere else, for your reading pleasure, here are all the finalists in the 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults


Picture Book Finalists

Granny McFlitter The Champion Knitter, written by Heather Haylock, illustrated by Lael Chisolm (Puffin NZ)

I am Jellyfish, written and illustrated by Ruth Paul (Puffin NZ)

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“We are our memories," Dodge said. "That's all we are. That's what makes us the person we are. The sum of all our memories from the day we were born. If you took a person and replaced his set of memories with another set, he'd be a different person. He'd think, act, and feel things differently.”
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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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