Maria Gill

has written over 40 children’s books for the trade and educational markets. Her books have been awarded seven Storylines Notables and have been shortlisted for six LIANZA Elsie Locke Awards and two New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Maria Gill taught intermediate and primary school students in Auckland for ten years. After having two children she had a sea-change in life and trained as a journalist. She now writes full time from her lifestyle property in Matakana.


Marco Ivancic

is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Wellington. He studied illustration at Massey University and has previously collaborated with Maria Gill on the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame (New Holland Publishers), which was a 2015 Storylines Notable Book and was shortlisted for the 2015 LIANZA Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award.


Publication March 2016
NZ RRP $30.00
Full colour
Format 280 x 215 mm
Extent 88 pp
Age 9+ years


Read the stories of Anzac heroes of WW1 and WW2


Discover the triumphs and tragedies of 30 heroic Australasians during World War One and Two.



Read the biographies of ANZAC soldiers, as well as Air Force and Navy soldiers, medics, a spy, an ambulance driver and a humanitarian; surviving battles in England, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. Anzac Heroes includes famous soldiers such as New Zealand’s double Victoria Cross recipient Charles Upham, and much-honoured Australian Hughie Edwards. But you will also find not-so-well known indigenous soldiers, such as Albert Knight from Australia and Peter Buck from New Zealand, and brave women Olive King, Joice Loch, Nancy Wake and Dr Jessie Scott.


Marco Ivancic’s stunning, lifelike images of men and women in action draw the reader into the defining moment for each hero.

• Anzac Heroes gives children an overview of the two World Wars, and takes them on a journey with some of the heroes
• Gill has produced well-researched biographies, written with young readers in mind

• Includes stunning illustrations by Ivancic, as well as historical wartime photos
• Detailed maps, timelines and charts add further depth


Download teacher notes here