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Homegrown Books: Mophead

Charlotte Jones (aged 10) recommends Mophead by Selina Tusitala Marsh - Auckland University Press, 2020

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh is an Auckland-based Pacific poet and scholar of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English, Scottish and French descent. She was New Zealand Poet Laureate in 2017-2019.

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This book has just won the 2020 Supreme Award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year. Selina Tusitala Marsh has written and illustrated it in her own inspiring, all-encompassing and creative style.

"The book is good, it's about a girl with crazy hair and how being different is a good thing. It can happen, you know. The drawings are detailed and the girl turns out to be pretty clever. I think it's a book for seven to eleven-year olds. Less than that and they would be too young to follow it. I definitely like it."


Mophead is available in paperback at local bookshops and as an eBook from Amazon.

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