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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday April 14 2014
6 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, April 14, 2014 www.times.co.nz 90 Springs Road, East Tamaki P: 0800 678 258 | E: email@example.com www.scrapaholics.co.nz 123035-V9 Time to make your Easter Cards Pop in and see us... Open Easter Monday! FREE* Courses 125987 124793 Official recognition for adventure novel EXCELLENT RESULT: Howick author Dawn Grant’s junior fiction novel, Where the Flag Floats, earned a place on this year’s Storylines Notable Books List. Times photo Wayne Martin By Chris harrowell aDRAMATIC written account of a true maritime shipwreck has earned its creator recogni- tion from established members of New Zealand’s literary scene. Howick author Dawn Grant pub- licly released her original historical fiction novel, entitled Where the Flag Floats, in February last year. It’s earned a place alongside 11 other entries in the junior fiction category of this year’s Storylines Notable Books List, announced on March 29. Mrs Grant’s novel tells the story of the British Royal Navy ship HMS Orpheus, which set out for Auckland from Sydney, Australia, on January 31, 1863, carrying naval supplies and military troops. The vessel ran aground on sandbars a week later outside the entrance to Manukau Harbour, near Whatipu on Auckland’s west coast, on February 7. The wrecking resulted in the deaths of 189 of the ship’s crew and passengers, making it the worst disaster in New Zealand waters. Mrs Grant submitted Where the Flag Floats for consideration in the Storylines Notable Books List in October last year. She heard it had been accepted on March 8, but had the difficult job of keeping the news a secret for several weeks. “You really want to shout it from the rooftops, but can’t,” Mrs Grant says. The Storylines Notable Books List has been running since 2000. It’s a list of “outstanding books for children and young people” published in New Zealand by Kiwi authors and illustrators during the previous year. Books make the list in categories including picture book, junior fic- tion, young adult and non-fiction. Chosen written works were selected this year from more than 100 entries by an expert panel of librarians, schoolteachers, academ- ics and authors. Mrs Grant, who works at the Howick Baptist Healthcare retire- ment complex in Union Road, says she’s “very proud” of her novel’s success. “I thought my book was quite relevant [for the notable books list] as it’s about a true historical event,” she told the Times. “The list gives it official recog- nition, as it’s used by booksellers, libraries and schools as a guide when choosing new stock. “It’s quite an honour and a privi- lege to be on it.” While researching Where the Flag Floats, Mrs Grant visited a number of locations, including Whatipu and the Manukau Heads lighthouse. She got a copy of the Orpheus’ crew list from the Voyager Mari- time Museum in Central Auckland and its deck plans from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. It took her about two years to write the novel, which she hopes does more than just entertain. “I love getting feedback from people who have read it and really enjoyed it,” says Mrs Grant. “It’s about a true historical event, but it’s also an adventure story. “It’s really important to me that children learn something from it.” Where the Flag Floats is aimed at readers aged eight-14 and can be purchased for $19.99 at Readaway Books, 83 Picton Street, Howick, as well as at East Auckland Paper Plus and Whitcoulls stores.
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