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Elena de Roo

elena de roo Elena was born in Hamilton and went to seven different primary schools around New Zealand. when she was a child. She currently lives in Auckland with her husband and whichever of her three grown up children happens to be back home.
After graduating with a degree in English at the University of Auckland, Elena worked as a librarian. In 2004, she began writing poems and stories for children, and has had four books published by Walker Books Australia. A number of her poems appear in A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children.
 Selected bibliography
  • The Rain Train illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia 2010)
  • Ophelia Wild, Secret Spy illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Walker Books Australia 2012)
  • Ophelia Wild, Deadly Detective illustrated by Tracy Duncan (Walker Books Australia 2014)
  • The Name at the End of the Ladder (Walker Books Australia 2014).
  • Todd New Writers' Bursary 2010.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards Picture Books List 2011 for The Rain Train.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards Junior Fiction List 2015 for Ophelia Wild, Deadly Detective.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards Junior Fiction List 2015 for The Name at the End of the Ladder.
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