iBooks Best  of 2014
Donnel's Promise
by Anna Mackenzie

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"Mackenzie’s work is excellent for classroom teaching. Her deftly drawn, feisty heroines quickly draw the reader in; the worlds her characters inhabit are beautifully realised in sure and precise strokes. Her use of language is masterful and the range of issues she traverses, always with a delicate touch, allow scope for themed discussed really, her work is a joy to teach."

 
Donnel's Promise
Teaching Notes, Donnel's Promise by Anna Mackenzie

"This is a sequel that lives up to its precursor. Two years on, Risha steps into adulthood. The issues she and other characters face are challenging and real; the political intrigue echoing that of our own time. Plenty of scope for discussion. Readers of Cattra's Legacy will be eager to follow the story on."

 

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Evie's War
Teaching Notes, Cattra's Legacy by Anna Mackenzie

Evie's War is a captivating and topical story of World War One, meticulously researched, poignant and gripping. It introduces a range of themes, characters that will engage teen readers, and an accurate sense of not only the history of the time but of how much has changed in the hundred years since. It is a novel that lends itself to being utilised in so many ways.”

- CB, Iona College

 

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Cattra's Legacy
Teaching Notes, Cattra's Legacy by Anna Mackenzie

Cattra’s Legacy is great novel to teach at Year 10. The characters are expertly created, the language is beautiful and the plot full. It offers the chance to introduce students to key literary concepts genre study (fantasy); the Hero’s Journey and Quest stories; and internal and external conflict  – whilst being a bold and exciting story that is a sheer pleasure to read.”

- KvR, Karamu High School

 

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"There are meaty protagonist's challenges to address in Ebony Hill, ranging from the broad (e.g. discovering and defining who we are) to the specific (e.g. the ethics of violence and war, moral arguments around 'the greater good' and the treatment of prisoners). They make for some fascinating classroom discussions and will be useful in Connections studies."

 

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"In The Sea-wreck Stranger, Anna Mackenzie introduces a character on the edge of adulthood. Ness has to summon great strength to make a journey through a post apocalyptic world, a hostile society and family feuds in order to become herself. Great scope for class discussion and individual analysis."

- KvR, Karamu High School

 

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The Sea-wreck Stranger
The Sea-wreck Stranger by Anna Mackenzie
Teaching Notes, The Sea-wreck Stranger by Anna Mackenzie
Teaching Notes, The Sea-wreck Stranger by Anna Mackenzie, Australian edition
 
Ebony Hill
Ebony Hill by Anna Mackenzie
Teaching Notes, Ebony Hill by Anna Mackenzie
Finder's Shore
Finder's Shore by Anna Mackenzie
Teaching Notes, Finder's Shore by Anna Mackenzie

"Anna Mackenzie creates a scarily realistic world in her Sea-Wreck Stranger trilogy. She combines plausible theories about our environment with a strong-willed female protagonist and adds just a dash of romance. Her writing is measured and she is in control of her storylines and characters."

 

- John MacIntyre, The Children's Bookshop Wellington

 

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Shadow of the Mountain
Shadow of the Mountain by Anna Mackenzie
Teaching Notes, Shadow of the Montain by Anna Mackenzie

"A sensitive and thought-provoking portrayal of the impact of loss and our many ways of dealing with grief. Contemporary NZ setting, credible characters, an excellent portrayal of family dysfunction and redemption."

- KvR, KHS

 

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Out on the Edge
Out on the Edge by Anna Mackenzie
Teaching Notes, Out on the Edge by Anna Mackenzie

"Out on the Edge offers the Year 11 English student a local NZ, contemporary story that raises  a number of meaty issues. Perfect for Connections, and Novel study, it deals with themes that are close to home and relevant."

- KvR, Karamu High School

 

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High Tide
High Tide by Anna Mackenzie

"High Tide is a fantastic Year 10 text. Students connect to the characters, recognising themselves in them but also easily accessing the developments of the characters. They like to track the changes, which are plausible and real to them, and can use this to effectively analyse the text."

- KvR, Karamu High School

 

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Teaching Notes, Hide Tide by Anna Mackenzie

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