Anzac Heroes by Maria Gill Wins Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

Congratulations to Maria Gill on her book award.  We are delighted Maria won the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. ANZAC Heroes is also the winner of the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category.

From nurse and pilot to soldier and spy, this book offers a beautifully arranged cast of ANZAC heroes from World War I and World War 2, and includes lifelike illustrations with maps, a medal room, fact boxes, index and a glossary. Each hero has a personal story and timeline. Its really pleasing, that young people will be able to read and soak up these stories of the men and women that gave so much during  ww1 and 2 . The book also includes Dr Jessie Scott of the  Scottish Women’s Hospital’s and we were delighted to furnish Maria with details of her war years. Jessie worked in Serbia and Greece during ww1 and details can be found on the web sites A-Z.

“Sometimes when you’re researching for a book you have to contact people from all around the world. While searching for information about New Zealand Dr Jessie Scott and the Scottish Women’s Hospital I found Alan Cumming’s name on the internet. He had taken some wonderful photographs of some of the places the Scottish Women’s Hospital had been in Serbia. I emailed Alan to ask if he had any information about Dr Jessie Scott and the Scottish women doctors. Alan gave me tips on where to look for resources and told me some new information about the women doctors in WWI. It was very helpful. Scholastic published ‘Anzac Heroes’ in March 2016 and on Monday night it was awarded the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards Non-fiction Award, as well as the Supreme Award. Thanks to Alan Cummings and others who helped make that happen”.   Maria Gill.