Barbara's Kids' Books

What's on offer

Children's books Barbara has written.

Anthologies for children that Barbara has edited.


The Queen and the Nobody Boy

Hodie's journey in five parts, all about bad choices.

Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed up, he decides to leave and better himself.

The young Queen, 12 year-old Sibilla, is fed up too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to run away with Hodie whether he likes it or not.

An adventure story about greed, rebellion. and finding allies in the most unlikely places.

'Else makes the book into something that you just can't tear yourself away from.' ~The Guardian.

Honour Award for Junior Fiction NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2012

Storylines Notable Book 2012

Short-listed for LIANZA Book Awards

For children 8-12 years.

Gecko Press 2012

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The Travelling Restaurant

In the reign of Lady Gall, the word 'magic' is forbidden...

When Jasper's parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a strange ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by Polly.

Should Jasper go in search of his parents, or his lost baby sister? Who should he trust? And why is Lady Gall hunting him?

'This is one of the most enchanting books I've read for a long time. I loved it.' ~Kate de Goldi.

New Zealand selection for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Biennial Conference 2012.

Honour Award for Junior Fiction NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2012

Esther Glen Medal in the LIANZA Book Awards 2012

White Raven Award 2012

Storylines Notable Book 2012

Starred Review in Kirkus Magazine

For children 8-12 years.

Gecko Press 2011

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Tricky Situations

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A children's chapter book, 7-10 years. No problem is too large, too small or too diffcult for the redoubtable Ms Winsley who even manages to make the dull town of Greyvale into a colourful and exciting place.

Random House (NZ) 1999

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Skitterfoot Leaper

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A children's novel, 8-12 years. Lindsey's parents are having problems and she is sent to stay with her Auntie Jen. When she meets a mysterious, cat-like creature which has somehow got separated from its own, alien, world she begins to see that she is not alone in her difficulties and that adults do not always behave in a very grown-up way.

Harper Collins 1997

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Dare and Double Dare

Another 30 NZ Stories for Children

Thirty exciting, action-packed stories in which children meet challenges.

Illustrated by Philip Webb.

Random House (NZ) 2007

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Like Wallpaper

Another 30 NZ Stories for Children

Twenty stories for teenagers, including work by such popular writers as Carl Nixon, David Hill and Bridget Lowry.

A Children's Literature Foundation Notable Book for 2006.

Random House (NZ) 2005

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Hideous and Hilarious

Another 30 NZ Stories for Children

Thirty more stories, this time with a historical theme.

Illustrated by Philip Webb.

Random House (NZ) 2006

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Mischief and Mayhem

Another 30 NZ Stories for Children

Secrets, disasters and adventures: 30 stories in which hich children get up to all kinds of shenanigans.

Illustrated by Philip Webb.

Random House (NZ) 2005

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Claws and Jaws

Another 30 NZ Stories for Children

Claws or jaws, fins or feathers, fur or fangs. Thirty entertaining stories about animals of all shapes and sizes.

Illustrated by Philip Webb.

A Children's Literature Foundation Notable Book for 2005.

Random House (NZ) 2004

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Weird and Wonderful

Another 30 NZ Stories for Children

Thirty great stories on fantastical themes from the two-headed boy with the three-headed dad to a witch's phone book.

Illustrated by Philip Webb.

Random House (NZ) 2003

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Another 30 New Zealand Stories for Children

Another 30 NZ Stories for Children

Funny and sad, magical and touching. 30 beautifully written stories by New Zealand's top children's writers. Edited by Barbara and illustrated by David Elliot.

Random House (NZ) 2002

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