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Jack Lasenby

Jack_Lasenby_1.jpgJack Lasenby, winner of the 2003 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, was born in Waharoa, in the Waikato. He has based several of his novels on events of his childhood. Others, such as the Uncle TrevHarry Wakatipu and Aunt Effie books, are stories within stories - tall tales such as those told to him during his childhood and when working as a deer culler. He has also been a teacher, editor of the School Journal and lecturer in English at Wellington Teachers' College. He held the prestigious Sargeson Fellowship in 1991, the Writer's Fellowship at Victoria University in 1993, and was Writer in Residence at Dunedin College of Education in 1995. The Jack Lasenby Award was established by the Wellington Children's Book Association in 2002.
 
He said in Landfall in March 2000, 'I love being a male, a New Zealander, who I am, and having done some of the joker things such as deer-culling, possum trapping, fishing. It's useful against the panjandrums who look down on writing for kids as childish’.  
 
Selected bibliography:
  • Lost and Found photographs by Ans Westra (School Publications Branch, Dept. of Education 1970).
  • 2 Grandfathers (Triple P Press 1972).
  • Chatham Islands drawings by Roger Hart. (School Publications Branch, Dept. of Education 1973).
  • Jackie Andersen (Triple P Press 1973).  
  • Charlie the Cheeky Kea illustrated by Nancy Finlayson (Golden Press 1974).
  • Rewi, the Red Deer illustrated by Nancy Finlayson (Golden Press 1976).
  • The Lake (Oxford University Press 1987).
  • The Mangrove Summer (Oxford University Press 1988).
  • Uncle Trev (Cape Catley 1991).
  • Uncle Trev and the Great South Island Plan (Cape Catley 1991).
  • Uncle Trev and the Treaty of Waitangi (Cape Catley 1991).
  • The Conjuror (Oxford University Press 1992).
  • Harry Wakatipu (McIndoe Publishers 1993).
  • Dead Man's Head (McIndoe Publishers 1994).
  • The Waterfall (Longacre Press 1995).
  • The Battle of Pook Island (Longacre Press 1996).
  • Because We Were the Travellers [Travellers; book one] (Longacre Press 1997).
  • Uncle Trev's Teeth and Other Stories (Cape Catley 1997).
  • Taur [Travellers; book two] (Longacre Press 1998).
  • The Shaman and the Droll [Travellers; book three] (Longacre Press1999).
  • The Lies of Harry Wakatipu (Longacre Press 2000).
  • Kalik [Travellers; book three] (Longacre Press 2001).
  • Aunt Effie illustrated by David Elliot (Longacre Press 2002).
  • Harry Wakatipu Comes the Mong (Puffin Books 2003).
  • Aunt Effie's Ark illustrated by David Elliot (Longacre Press 2003).  
  • Aunt Effie and the Island that Sank illustrated by David Elliot (Longacre Press 2004).
  • What Makes a Teacher? (Four Winds Press 2004).
  • Mr Bluenose (Longacre Press 2005).
  • The Tears of Harry Wakatipu Longacre Press 2006).
  • When Mum Went Funny (Longacre Press 2006).
  • Billy and Old Smoko (Longacre Press 2007).
  • Aunt Effie and Mrs Grizzle illustrated by David Elliot (Longacre Press 2008).
  • Old Drumble (HarperCollins 2008).
  • The Haystack (HarperCollins 2010).
  • Calling the Gods (HarperCollins 2011).
  • Uncle Trev and the Whistling Bull (Gecko Press 2012).
 
Awards:
  • Esther Glen Award 1989 Medallist for The Mangrove Summer.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1990 Fiction shortlist for The Mangrove Summer.
  • Frank Sargeson Fellowship 1991.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1993 Senior Fiction shortlist for The Conjurer.
  • Victoria University Writers' Fellow 1993.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1995 Junior Fiction shortlist for Dead Man’s Head.
  • University of Otago College of Education Writer in Residence 1995.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1996 Junior Fiction Winner for The Waterfall.
  • Esther Glen Award 1997 shortlist for The Battle of Pook Island.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award 1997 Junior Fiction Winner for The Battle of Pook Island.
  • White Ravens List 1997 for The Battle of Pook Island.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award 1998 Senior Fiction Honour book for Because We Were the Travellers.
  • White Ravens List 1998 - Special Mention for  Because We Were the Travellers.
  • Esther Glen Award 1998 shortlist for Because We Were the Travellers.
  • White Ravens List 1999 - Special Mention for Taur.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award 1999 Senior Fiction Winner for Taur.
  • Storylines Notable Books 2000 Senior Fiction list for The Shaman and the Droll.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award 2001 Junior Fiction Honour Award for The Lies of Harry Wakatipu.
  • Storylines Notable Books 2001 Junior Fiction list for The Lies of Harry Wakatipu.
  • Storylines Notable Books 2002 Senior Fiction list for Kalik.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award 2005 Junior Fiction Winner for Aunt Effie and the Island that Sank.
  • Storylines Notable Books 2005 Junior Fiction list for Aunt Effie and the Island that Sank.
  • Storylines Notable Books 2009 Junior Fiction list for Old Drumble.
  • Esther Glen Award 2006 shortlist for Mr Bluenose.
  • Esther Glen Award 2009 shortlist for Old Drumble.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award 2009 Junior Fiction Winner for Old Drumble.  
  • Storylines Notable Books 2011 Junior Fiction list for The Haystack.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011 Junior Fiction finalist for The Haystack.
  • Esther Glen Award 2011 finalist for The Haystack.
  • Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award 2012 for Uncle Trev's Teeth.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012 Young Adult finalist for Calling the Gods.

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