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Fleur Beale

Fleur Beale credit Tabitha Arthur-191Fleur Beale  is a novelist, creative writing teacher, and short story writer. She has now had over 30 books published, with some of them also being published in the United States and England.
Fleur was born in Taranaki, went to Norfolk Road primary school, the same school as her father had gone to, and then on to Inglewood High and Victoria Uni in Wellington. She started writing when she was at home with two pre-schoolers and was looking for an anti-boredom activity. Her mother was a published writer so writing seemed like a good idea. But writing is addictive and she's still at it over 40 years later, now writing mainly for teens.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Calling (Penguin Random House, 2021)
  • Lyla: Through My Eyes – Natural Disaster Zones (Allen & Unwin Australia 2018)
  • Being Magdalene (Penguin Random House, 2015)
  • I am Rebecca ( Random House, 2014)
  • Speed Freak (Random House, 2013)
  • The Boy in the Olive Grove (Random House, 2012)
  • Dirt Bomb (Random House, 2011)
  • Heart of Danger (Random House, 2011)
  • Fierce September (Random House,2010)
  • End of the Alphabet (Random House, 2009)
  • Juno of Taris (Random House New Zealand and Australia 2008)
  • No Time for Dreaming (Gilt Edge,2008)
  • The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves (Random House, 2007)
  • A Respectable Girl (Random House New Zealand, 2006)
  • A New Song in the Land (Scholastic, 2004; Republished 2009 as Mission Girl)
  • I am not Esther (Longacre Press/Hyland House Australia,1998)
(Image credit: Tabitha Arthur)
Awards:
  • ONZM 2015
  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2012
  • Winner YA category NZ Post Children’s and Young Adults Awards 2011
  • Winner LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2009 and 2011
  • Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a much loved book 2007, 2009
  • Honour Award NZ Post Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards 1999

•  Award details:

  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2016 (Young Adult) for Being Magdalene
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012 Young Adult Fiction Finalist for Dirt Bomb.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Young Adult Fiction List for Dirt Bomb.
  • LIANZA Young Adult award 2012 Shortlist for Dirt Bomb
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Young Adult Fiction List for Fierce September
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011 Young Adult Fiction Winner for Fierce September
  • LIANZA Young Adult Medal 2011 for Fierce September
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Young Adult Fiction List for End of the Alphabet
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010 Young Adult Fiction Finalist for End of the Alphabet
  • Esther Glen Award 2009 for Juno of Taris
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2009 Young Adult Fiction Shortlist for Juno of Taris
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2009 Young Adult Fiction List for Juno of Taris
  • Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award 2009 for I Am Not Esther
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2008 Young Adult Fiction Shortlist for The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Young Adult Fiction List for The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves
  • Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award 2007 for Slide the Corner.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2007 Young Adult Fiction Shortlist for A Respectable Girl.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Young Adult Fiction List for A Respectable Girl.
  • New Zealand Book Council International Writers’ Programme sponsorship 2006
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2005 Junior Fiction Shortlist for A New Song in the Land.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2005 Junior Fiction Shortlist for Walking Lightly.
  • Esther Glen Award 2005 Shortlist for A New Song in the Land. 
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Junior Fiction List for A New Song in the Land.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Junior Fiction List for Walking Lightly.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2003 Senior Fiction List for Lucky for Some.
  • Esther Glen Award 2002 Shortlist for Ambushed
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2002 Junior Fiction Shortlist for Ambushed
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2002 Junior Fiction List for Ambushed
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2000 Senior Fiction List for Playing to Win.
  • University of Otago College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence 1999.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 1999 Young Adult Fiction Honour Award for I Am Not Esther.
  • White Ravens List 1999 for I Am Not Esther.
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards 1995 Junior Fiction Shortlist for Driving a Bargain.
Other resources

Page checked and updated February 2013.

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