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Review – Hollie Chips by Anna Gowan

April 15, 2011

Finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards

Reviewed by Heather

In a world where neighbours don’t understand the concept of neighbourhood, this is a charming children’s novel.  Hollie, newly moved to Puriti Street befriends her adult neighbours.  She is going to make a difference in their lives.  The unaware adults are pulled out of their introspective worlds and made to look at new possibilities and ideas by this young girl.  

When Hollie discovers the Barry Backscud is planning to tear down three houses opposite hers and build a dog food factory, she comes up with a Plan to stop this happening.  This involves getting the neighbours working together. But Barry has lied to the neighbours about his plans – who will they believe?  An adult businessman or a young girl?

Author profile

A stint at John Marsden’s writing camp in Australia cemented Anna’s passion for writing. She began writing her first novel for children, Hollie Chips, during a seven-month working holiday in Canada. Four months later, Anna completed the first draft.

Anna was born in Auckland in 1982. After finishing school, she studied at the University of Otago, and now works her writing around a career in television. She lives in Auckland.

In 2009, Anna won the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for Hollie Chips. The novel was published by Scholastic in March 2010.


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