Dunedin writer Rachel Stedman. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A Dunedin writer has won a major book award with her
Rachel Stedman won the best first book award for A
Necklace of Souls at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book
Awards for children and young adults, announced in Auckland
''R.L. Stedman has written a fantastic, accomplished fantasy
book for young adults,'' the judges said.
''There are great characters in this novel; a strong and
resourceful heroine, the patient orphan Will, and a cast of
supporting characters who bring the fictional world to life.
''The themes of responsibility, to ourselves and to the
larger world in which we live, are explored in the book, as
the heroine Dana must face her fate as protector of the
''We look forward to reading Stedman's next book and
discovering what happens next to Dana, Will and the Kingdom
of the Rose.''
The judging panel was author Barbara Else, graphic novelist
Ant Sang and children's librarian Zac Harding.
The winners were. - Margaret Mahy book of the year ($7500):
The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (Penguin Group NZ,
Best picture book ($7500): The Boring Book by Vasanti
Unka (Penguin Group NZ, Puffin).
Best non-fiction ($7500): The Beginner's Guide to Hunting
and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Random House
Best junior fiction ($7500): Dunger by Joy Cowley
Best young adult fiction ($7500): Mortal Fire by
Elizabeth Knox (Gecko Press).
Best first book ($2000): A Necklace of Souls by R. L.
Stedman (Harper Collins Publishers NZ, HarperVoyager).
Children's choice ($2000): The Three Bears - Sort Of
by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Scholastic New
Honour award ($500): Bugs by Whiti Hereaka (Huia
Maori language award ($1000): Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri
Kaa and Martin D. Page (Tania&Martin).
• Matters of the Heart; A History of Interracial Marriage
in New Zealand by University of Otago researcher Dr
Angela Wanhallas has been shortlisted for the 2014 Ernest
Scott Prize, to be announced on July 11.