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Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster by Debbie McCauley was selected as a 2015 White Raven, one of 200 outstanding children’s books published around the world in 2014.

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A story from the Rena Disaster, Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill, written by Tauranga author and proprietor of Mauao Publishing, Debbie McCauley, has been selected as a White Raven 2015. White Raven books appear in an annual catalogue of book recommendations in the field of international children’s & youth literature.

Each year the language specialists at the International Youth Library (IYL), in Munich, Germany, select newly published books from around the world that they consider to be especially noteworthy. The White Raven label is given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design.

2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Debbie McCauley

Debbie McCauley at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (2015).

The printed White Raven catalogue will be launched in just a few days at the Frankfurt (Germany) Book Fair. This year’s catalogue contains 200 titles in 36 languages from 55 countries. All of the selected titles will be on display at the Bologna (Italy) Children’s Book Fair 2016.

Although Debbie won’t be in Germany or Italy for either of the book fair’s she is still very pleased to be invited. “It’s such an honour to be included in the White Raven catalogue,” says Debbie. “This puts an incredibly important local story onto an international footing”.

On the 17th and 18th of October, Motiti Blue will also be part of an Indie Book Stand at Book Expo Australia which will be held at the Sydney Showground. The Australian Book Expo regularly attracts over 10,000 people. At the conclusion of the Book Expo copies of Motiti Blue will be auctioned off along with several other titles, with proceeds supporting the Books In Homes charity.

Earlier this month copies of Motiti Blue were sold at the New Zealand Independent Book Festival held at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. Local organisations Freelance and Tauranga Writers ran a stand at the event which showcased 15 local writers.

Jenny Argante at the New Zealand Independent Book Festival 2015

Jenny Argante at the New Zealand Independent Book Festival (2015).

Motiti Blue won the Best Non-Fiction category in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.



A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature.

International Youth Library ‪#‎WRlist2015.

Mauao Publishing (Press Release, 13 October 2015).

White Ravens (International Children's Digital Library).


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