Hello from New Zealand!
We are so excited to announce that Ben's short film - The Luckiest Man Alive - has won Best Drama at the E Tu Whanau Rangatahi Film Awards by Maoriland Charitable Trust in Otaki, New Zealand. Ben was part of their workshop for young filmmakers this past February, and his group had the opportunity to work together as a team to come up with the script, acting, recording and editing. Ben plays "The Snipper". Time was really tight though with the workshop running only for two days over the weekend, so... well, let's just say... there was not enough time to finish it all as the team had planned! But, what a great opportunity to be able to produce a film and overcome challenges under the supervision of the awesome crew at Maoriland. The Luckiest Man Alive is now running for the People's Choice Award along with other 15 short films created by young filmmakers from Aotearoa. You can watch the movies and vote here. The winner of People's Choice will be announced on April 23. Good luck, Ben!
I hope that wherever you are, you and your family are safe and healthy during these Covid times. Unfortunately my beloved country, Brazil, is going through its worse since the pandemic started. To our readers and followers in Brazil, we send our prayers and love. On the other hand, it's great to hear that England and some other countries in Europe, as well as the USA are turning the corner and numbers of cases are coming down. :)
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Ben plays Demetrius Demarcus Bartholomew James the 3rd Junior -
AKA The Sniper
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For those in Wellington, our books will be available from the markets below this weekend along with some great New Zealand authors as we are part of The Underground Bookstore. If you are not in Wellington check out their website here where you can buy a great selection of books written, produced and printed right here in New Zealand.
We are also part of another New Zealand initiative to promote kiwi authors and independent publishers. In the Kiwi Kids Read Kiwi Books online bookstore you’ll find exciting, funny, clever and entertaining novels, non-fiction books, picture books, graphic novels, poetry and activity books written for children and teens by New Zealand authors and illustrators.
And... another store selling exclusively New Zealand made products is Chooice. Click below to discover an amazing world of New Zealand artists, crafters, authors and innovative small businesses.
Ben's books make great gifts for children aged 7 to 14 years old. His books are available from Amazon and can be delivered to any address worldwide. For a description of each book and recommended reading ages have a look at the blurbs below.
BEN'S BOOKS BLURBS HERE:
Meet Ugine. He is a right, proper weirdo. But with great weirdness comes great responsibility...
Ugine recently lost his parents. He now lives by himself. He has no friends at school, and everyone thinks he is weird... but when a school trip to Brazil ends in disaster, Ugine's weirdness might just come in handy. Will Ugine save his classmates? Or will they all be lost in the jungle forever...
'Weirdo' was written when Ben was just nine years old. Ben started writing his own stories to entertain his peers with the authentic, peculiar and hilarious voice only a child can have.
If your children love the funny stories by Dav Pilkey and the Tom Gates series they will enjoy this book.
Buy Ben's first book 'Weirdo' here!
THE MAGIC PENCIL
A school boy. A magic pencil. One chance to save the world.
When Bob finds an innocent-looking pencil on his way to school, little does he realize his life will never be the same again. Anything it draws magically comes to life.
Unknown to Bob, a dangerous gang of villains are not far behind. Desperately searching for the Magic Pencil, the Fakeys want to use the power of the pencil to take over the world, and they will let nothing stand in their way.
In a race against time, can Bob and his friends stay one step ahead of the Fakeys to save the world?
'The Magic Pencil' is an extraordinary adventure full of action, unexpected time-travel and imaginative scenarios.
If you like Roald Dahl and David Walliams' books, then you'll love this novel by Kiwi young author Ben Spies.
'The Magic Pencil' is written by 10 year old author Ben Spies. The true point of difference in Ben's books is that they are written by a child, for children. Through a child's eyes and with a child's voice.
Order your copy of 'The Magic Pencil' here and embark on Ben's latest adventure.
THE WORLD OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY
Ever wondered what the Greek myths look like through the eyes of a child?
Eleven-year-old author, Ben Spies, writes his version of some of the most thrilling tales from Greek mythology.
From Titans to Olympians, 'The World of Greek Mythology' delivers an action-packed retelling of the myths, from how the world was created to a personal take on some of the greatest and mightiest gods and goddesses.
Ben adds his quirky humour to each chapter as we follow the drama of the legendary Trojan War and the epic voyage of Odysseus.
But be warned: the gruesome world of Greek mythology is not for the faint of heart… get ready for bloody battles and horrible deaths.
If you love Greek mythology, or you’re keen to learn more, this book is sure to delight and captivate your imagination.
The World of Greek Mythology was the bronze medal winner for the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in 2019.
If your children enjoyed the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan they will love this book!
Get your copy of 'The World of Greek Mythology' here.
Earth's orbit is moving closer to the Sun and our planet is heating up at an alarming rate.
The spacecraft sent by NASA to find a new home for the human race has been destroyed by an alien force.
Twelve-year-old Jacob and his mother Susan are fighting for survival while witnessing the horrors of an apocalyptic world. With so many threats to our planet, the enemy may not come from outer-space, but from right here among us.
Susan and Jacob are quickly running out of time. However, hope might be on its way after all... just not from where they expected.
Will Susan and Jacob survive? Or will they fall prey to this dreadful, chaotic world?
'2020' is the fourth novel from teenage author, Ben Spies.
If you like heart-pounding action, high-stakes drama, and all things alien and sci-fi, you’ll love Ben’s new book.
Get your copy today here!
To our Brazilian readers
We have published our first Portuguese book!
Esquisito, eu? is the translated version of Ben's first book - Weirdo. We have it in e-book format for ONLY R$4.99 and in print for R$36.00 available from Amazon.com and Amazon.com.br
Order your copy today!!
Eugênio é um menino de 10 anos que tem vários motivos para estar triste...
Ele perdeu os pais recentemente, não tem amigos na escola e todo mundo acha que ele é meio esquisito. Será que Eugênio vai conseguir ser feliz de novo? Embarque nessa divertida e emocionante aventura e descubra o lado doce e companheiro de Eugênio.
Esquisito, eu? é o primeiro livro de Ben Spies e foi escrito quando ele tinha apenas 9 anos. Ben tem um senso de humor peculiar e prefere os personagens com nomes engraçados. Mas, acima de tudo, Ben adora fazer as crianças rirem com suas histórias.
Ben Spies vive na Nova Zelandia com sua familia.
Our next Portuguese book is almost finished!!
We are at the last stages of proof-reading the book and we have approved the final cover. What do you think? O Lápis Mágico is the translated version of Ben's second book - The Magic Pencil.
Bob encontrou um lápis mágico no caminho para a escola e agora a sua vida nunca mais será a mesma. Os Fajutos querem dominar o mundo e farão de tudo para pegar o lápis de Bob. Será que eles vão conseguir? Junte-se a Bob e seus amigos nesta incrível aventura e embarque em uma viagem extraordinária para salvar o mundo!
Ben escreveu seu primeiro livro, Esquisito, eu?, quando tinha 9 anos. O Lápis Mágico surgiu logo depois, aos 10. O que torna os livros de Ben diferente dos outros é que eles são escritos por uma criança e para crianças. As histórias são contadas com a autenticidade da voz de uma criança.
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