Wednesday, April 05, 2017


Just like a real rock band, YA rock novel Lonesome When You Go by Saradha Koirala
is on tour and it's day three with two days to go.
Lonesome When You Go won a Storylines Notable Book Award in the weekend. It is about Paige who plays bass for a high school rock band and is feeling the pressure with a band competition coming up and the end of the year looming when everything will change, but there are also problems in the band and something's not right with her close friend.   

Going on tour means Lonesome When You Go is being hosted by some of this country's leading children's book bloggers – each one has the author along for a day (in the digital sense) and offers reviews, interviews and other insights into this author and her book.  

Day 1: The Kids Books NZ blog is run by authors Maria Gill and Lorraine Orman. They kicked off the week by posting a review of Lonesome When You Go that declared the book '

​A​n energetic and very readable story with a likeable heroine

Day 2: The Ms Blair Recommends blog, run by librarian, reviewer and music lover Crissi Blair, posted an interview on the musical aspect of Lonesome When You Go. Amongst other things Saradha revealed the strange names of bands she's played in and how she has played both double bass and bass and croons along to Dylan in her bedroom, just like her character Paige.

Day 3: Midweek already, and Hooked on NZ Books is running an interview with Saradha Koirala that ​sees  the author revealing that she's not as cool as her character, how she plans her novels
and her writing heroes Maurice Gee and Mandy Haga​r

Hooked on NZ Books is a blog run by author Eirlys Hunter and an energetic team of teen reviewers.

Day 4 sees Lonesome When You Go hosted by Booksellers New Zealand blog and on​

Day 5 the book and its author can be found at My Best Friends Are Books, which is run by Christchurch school librarian Zac McCallum. 

Lonesome When You Go is available at all good bookstores.
ISBN: 978-0-9941237-4-9

You can find us posting about the blog tour on our Mākaro Press Facebook page and Twitter accounts: @makaropress and @Saradha_K


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