Thursday, June 16, 2016


Speed King
David Hill and Phoebe Morris
1 August 2016
Hardback -Picture Puffin
RRP $25.00

A wonderful true story about a very unlikely New Zealand champion,
by the award-winning author and illustrator of First to the Top.

In 1967 an unknown, elderly New Zealander and his ancient Indian
motorcycle set a world land-speed record at Bonneville. The man
was Burt Munro, and he became a Kiwi legend. How did he do it? His
amazing true story is now a stunning picture book.
For further information contact: Hannah de Valda265 66 55
About the author:
 David Hill is one of New Zealands’s most highly regarded authors for children and young people. His books have been published in eight countries and his short stories and plays for young people have been broadcast here and overseas. David was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004; he was awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal in 2005 for his signifi cant contribution to children’s literature; and with more than
forty published titles to his name he has won a variety of major national and international awards.
Though perhaps best known for his junior fiction novels, David has also written acclaimed picture books, the most recent being First to the Top (Puffin, 2015).
About the illustrator
Phoebe Morris is a Wellington-based freelance illustrator and designer. Her fi rst picture book was published in 2015, a collaboration with veteran author David Hill on the acclaimed picture book/biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, First to the Top. In a review for the New Zealand Listener, Ann Packer wrote, ‘Wellingtonian Phoebe Morris makes a stunning debut as an illustrator . . . From the arresting cover, through cameos of his younger life to haunting, other-worldly mountainscapes, Morris’s style gives the old story a cool new edge.’ Speed King is Phoebe’s second title with David Hill, and she is also the illustrator
of the Frankie Potts junior fi ction series byJuliet Jacka. Find out more about Phoebe at

Footnote: This very special book is not published until 1 August but put your name down for it now at your bookseller or library as I'm picking demand is going to be high.

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