Battle of the Birds by Lee Murray

Battle of the Birds by Lee Murray

Battle of the Birds by Lee Murray

Battle of the Birds is the winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (Best Youth Novel for Battle of the Birds, 2012) and listed in the Dominion Post Best Children’s Books of 2011

Blending fact and fiction in a fantastic action‐adventure for children and young adults, Battle of the Birds by award winning author, Lee Murray, explores New Zealand's varied birdlife, flight and migration, democracy, early medicine, and most of all, friendship. Annie's family has moved to Wisconsin, and with her only friend away in Florida for the holidays, 11 year‐old Annie faces a long, boring summer. She lies on an eagle‐shaped hill and daydreams of home. Imagine her shock when the eagle breaks free from the earth and flies her home to New Zealand! But it's not a New Zealand Annie is familiar with, and when she and her new friend Moana almost walk smack into a giant moa, Annie realizes why. The eagle has flown her back to New Zealand, but she's arrived a thousand years too early, and right in the midst of a battle between the birds. However, Annie's visit isn't entirely unexpected...she can speak the language of the birds and is part of an ancient prophecy. Now she must mediate in a battle between the great bird chieftains: the violent and vengeful Te Hokioi and the thoughtful philosopher, Moa. Suddenly, Annie's summer doesn't look so boring after all! Can Annie and her friends help the flightless overcome the flying predators led by ambitious Te Hokioi? Will the gentle Moa survive to live on in history?

And will Annie ever make it back to Wisconsin?

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About the Author

Multiple award winning author and editor, Lee Murray has a background in science, BSc, MSc(Tech) Hons, MMS (Dist), Waikato,and is the winner of four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, an Australian Shadows Award (2014), and was a finalist in the Royal Society Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (2012).

After a brief stint as New Zealand’s Energy Advisor to the OECD, she decided suits weren't really for her, and turned to several other careers before becoming an author. Her novels include A Dash of Reality (romantic comedy) Battle of the Birds (children’s novel) and the young adult novel, Misplaced. Lee lives with her husband and two teenaged children near the ocean in New Zealand.

Awards

Winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (Best Novella/Novelette for Cave Fever, in Regeneration, 2014)

Winner of the Australian Shadows Award (Best Edited Work for Baby Teeth with Dan Rabarts, 2014)

Winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (Best Collected Work for Baby Teeth with Dan Rabarts, 2014)

Winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (Best Short Story for Hope is the Thing With Feathers 2013)

Winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (Best Youth Novel for Battle of the Birds, 2012)

Second place in the ConClave 35th Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference, After the War Writing Competition 2014

Third place in the Speculative Fiction Writers of New Zealand World War 1 Centenary Competition, 2014

Winner of the IFWG Publishing/SQ Magazine Story Quest Short Story Contest 2013

Finalist in the NZSA/Creative New Zealand Asian Short Story Award, 2011, 2012

Finalist in the Royal Society Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing 2012

Selected by the NZSA for presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair for A Dash of Reality, 2012

Winner of an NZSA mentorship with writer Graeme Lay for Misplaced, 2011

Third place in the Franklin Writers Award 2011

Finalist in the Whakatane FOTL National Competition, 2011
Battle of the Birds listed in the Dominion Post Best Children’s Books of 2011