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OneTree House Takes on Agency Books


OneTree House believes in the transformative power of story and are advocates for the importance of recording and reflecting the unique cultural perspective from Aotearoa. We know the importance of local storytelling in supporting and encouraging literacy. Having noticed that some of our authors also publish independently, we have announced an agency deal to support our authors and their books, with an aim to support our thriving children's book community.


"We are a small publisher and can only produce so many books; but we believe in our authors, and love to see them succeed, whether they are publishing through us or not. By taking on their independently published titles as agency books, we can support the promotion of their work and, importantly, facilitate distribution," says OneTree House Director, Jenny Nagle.


Jenny stresses that this service is for authors who already have a publishing relationship with OneTree House. The selected books can be found on the OneTree House website and are available through OneTree House's distributor, Upstart Distribution, to all bookstores, library, and school suppliers.


"We published Dahlia Malaeulu's My Gagana Series #2 books this year and we are pleased to support the distribution of her four independently published books. Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod is part of our team and was the editor of our short story collection Lit: Stories from Home, published this year. We are delighted to be able to help her grow and expand the reach of her excellent new early-chapter series Eugene's Island," says Jenny.



Books Announced in The New OneTree House Agency Deal:


Fale Sāmoa, Dahlia Malaeulu

ISBN: 978-0-473-57218-1

$25


A highly engaging dual language picture book that helps to develop readers' knowledge and understanding of Fale Sāmoa. Mila's My Aganu‘u Series 1 are the first picture story books in the world that are written, edited, illustrated, designed and published by an all

Pasifika team. Suitable for children all ages.


Siva Afi Teine Toa, Dahlia Malaeulu

ISBN: 978-0-473-57219-8

$25


A unique story where the past meets the present, while also showcasing Samoan cultural values and history through the beautiful artform of Siva afi. Mila's My Aganu‘u Series 1 are the first picture story books in the world that are written, edited, illustrated, designed and published by an all Pasifika team. Suitable for children all ages.


Tama Sāmoa, Dahlia Malaeulu

ISBN: 978-0-473-58544-0

$29.99


This is not just a story of friendship, brotherhood and healing. Tama Sāmoa helps us all to reflect, reconnect and reunite in better supporting each other as who we are. It is also a story of self-discovery and hope for a new tama Sāmoa code to be created based on real talanoa and understanding. Tama Sāmoa includes the original Tama Sāmoa story, study questions for students and the Tama Sāmoa Project, a space created for teine Sāmoa to share their real life stories. YA book, suitable for 12+ year olds.


Teine Sāmoa, Dahlia Malaeulu

ISBN: 78-1-877484-02-5

$29.99


Teine Sāmoa was originally written and published as an ebook during the New Zealand lockdown in May 2020. The story follows the journey of cultural identity and discovery for four junior high school students, their families and their teachers and, most importantly, anyone who has ever faced the challenges of being a teine Sāmoa. Teine Sāmoa includes the original Teine Sāmoa story, study questions for students and the Teine Sāmoa Project, a space created for teine Sāmoa to share their real life stories. MG/YA book, suitable for 10+ year olds.


Eugene's Island Series, Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod

$9.99 each


Join Eugene and his family in this children's early chapter book series as they move to a wild and windy bird sanctuary in New Zealand. Written by Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod and illustrated by Anna McKessar with internal black and white images, the books suit 5-8 year old independent readers or to read aloud to younger children. In The Birthday Solution (Book 1, ISBN: 9780473582470) Eugene arrives on the island on his birthday but nothing is working out as planned. Can he find a way to make this birthday special and enjoy his new home? In The Christmas Visitors (Book 2, ISBN: 9780473582548) Eugene’s cousins are coming for Christmas! But will they like his new home? And how will they react when it turns out they aren’t the only special visitors who will arrive on the island for Christmas day?


For more information on OneTree House Agency Books please contact Jenny Nagle. To order please contact Upstart Distribution orders@upstartpress.co.nz

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