All week this Christmas week we countdown the best six books of 2017. Number three: the first book in Philip Pullman's fantasy trilogy, La Belle Sauvage.
The hotly-anticipated film version of Margaret Mahy's novel The Changeover opens in cinemas today. Scarlett Cayford examines the peculiar genius of Mahy, and compares the film with the book.
'Now I’m old and introspective and critical,' writes Scarlett Cayford, 'let me tell you why the young adult fiction penned by New Zealand women in the 90s is some of the best in the world.'