Selected Bibliography

  • Viet-Nam (School Publications Branch, Dept of Education 1963).
  • Six Colonies in One Country: New Zealand, 1840-1860 illustrated by Stephen Furton (Govt Printer, 1965).
  • The Runaway Settlers illustrated by Antony Maitland (Jonathan Cape; Blackwood & Janet Paul 1965).
  • The End of the Harbour illustrated by Katarina Mataira (Jonathan Cape; Blackwood & Janet Paul 1968).
  • Growing Points and Prickles: New Zealand 1920-60 illustrated by Cath Brown (Whitcombe and Tombs 1971).
  • Snow to Low Levels: Interaction in a Disaster (Whitcoulls 1976).
  • The Boy with the Snowgrass Hair with Ken Dawson, illustrated by Jean Oates, maps by Cath Brown (Whitcoulls 1976).
  • Explorer Zach illustrations by David Waddington (Pumpkin Press 1978).
  • A Land without Taxes: New Zealand from 1800 to 1840 (School Publications Branch, Dept of Education 1979).
  • Journey Under Warning illustrated by Margaret Chapman, maps by Libby Plumridge (Oxford University Press 1983).
  • A Canoe in the Mist illustrated by John Shelley (Jonathan Cape 1984).
  • The Kauri and the Willow: How We Lived and Grew from 1801-1942 (Government Printer 1984).
  • Two Peoples, One Land: A History of Aotearoa/New Zealand Especially for Younger Readers (GP Books 1988).
  • Joe’s Ruby illustrated by Gary Hebley (Cape Catley 1995).


  • CLA Services to Children’s Literature Award 1992 (now the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award).
  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Award 1995.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1996 Non-fiction Honour Award for Joe’s Ruby.
  • Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award 1999 for The Runaway Settlers.