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edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris

A smart, varied, irresistible miscellany of writing, activity, comics, games and illustration for 9– to 12–year–olds


Inside you'll find...


...unusual words that come in handy on car trips


Jonathan King in comic form


and boarding school fiction


"A startlement and a delight. Pure gold.
David Larsen


"It's a Christmas stocking stuffed to overflowing with rich presents for the curious... I didn't just read the Annual, I ate it." 
Jack Lasenby


Kate De Goldi is an award-winning writer and one of New Zealand's best-known commentators on children's literature, via her regular sessions on National Radio and extensive visits to school. She writes fiction for all ages and has published nine books. Her popular children's books include Clubs, The 10pm Question, and From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle

Susan Paris has fifteen years' experience in publishing and nine years as editor of the School Journal. Under her stewardship, the School Journal has won Best Publication in New Zealand educational publishing three times. She has written more than forty chapter books for the educational market, both here and overseas.

Contributors include Paul Beavis | Bernard Beckett | Gavin Bishop | Jenny Bornholdt | Fifi Colston | Barbara Else | Dylan Horrocks | Sharon Murdoch | Coco Solid | Damien Wilkins | And many more!


Win a copy of Annual

To go in the draw, simply like this Annual post on our facebook. One winner will be drawn on 27 September.

Congratulations to last newsletter's winner: Amie Maulder!

To request a review copy or for any other enquiries, email

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Interesting article of the week

'Woolf's essay, titled "The Humane Art" ... [is] about the art of letter writing itself: its private function, its cultural evolution, its uncertain future in the face of emerging forms of media.'

Virginia Woolf on What Killed Letter Writing and Why We Ought to Keep It Alive

Photo of the week

Our Gecko Press friend Baz from VicBooks sent us this photo of Nana Joy (age 96) and her great great grandchild (age 3)

 We love receiving photos from our Gecko Press friends. If you would like to share a moment with us, please email or tag us on facebook, twitter or instagram.

Review of the week

'A celebration of differences.'

Otago Daily Times on Yours Sincerely, Giraffe