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V.M. Jones

VM_Jones_1.jpgVictoria (Vicky) Mary Jones was born in a small mining town in Zambia in 1958, the third of five sisters. As a child, her happiest times were spent roaming the world of her imagination, running wild in the African bush, or curled up with a book. She believes a love of reading is the greatest gift it is possible to give a child. Vicky was educated in Zimbabwe and at the University of Cape Town, where she studied English, archaeology and social anthropology.
She moved to Christchurch with her husband and two young sons in 1995, and wrote her first children's book, Buddy, in 2002. It was tailored to her own 12-year-old son's taste: a fast-paced, action-filled narrative with plenty of sporting interest and humour, as well as an in-depth, mature examination of character and motivation. Buddy met with immediate success, going into a second print run within the first week of its release. It was hailed as 'a remarkably assured first novel, marking the arrival of an impressive new talent writing for the young adult market' (Iain Sharpe, Sunday Star-Times).

Selected bibliography:
  • Buddy (HarperCollins 2002).
  • Juggling with Mandarins (HarperCollins 2003).
  • The Serpents of Arakesh [Karazan Quarter, book one] (HarperCollins 2003).
  • Beyond the Shroud [Karazan Quarter, book two] (HarperCollins 2004).
  • Prince of the Wind [Karazan Quarter, book three] (HarperCollins 2004).
  • Quest for the Sun [Karazan Quarter, book four] (HarperCollins 2005).
  • Shooting the Moon (HarperCollins 2006).
  • Echo and Hush illustrated by Scott Tulloch (HarperCollins 2008).
  • The Naughtiest Puppy illustrated by Scott Tulloch (HarperCollins 2009).
Awards:
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 Junior Fiction Winner for Buddy.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 Best First Book Winner for Buddy.
  • Esther Glen Award 2003 Shortlist for Buddy.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2003 Junior Fiction List for Buddy.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2004 Junior Fiction Shortlist for The Serpents of Arakesh.
  • Esther Glen Award 2004 Shortlist for Juggling with Mandarins.
  • Esther Glen Award 2004 Shortlist for The Serpents of Arakesh.
  • White Ravens List 2004 for Juggling with Mandarins.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2004 Junior Fiction List for Juggling with Mandarins.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2005 Junior Fiction Shortlist for Beyond the Shroud.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Junior Fiction List for Beyond the Shroud.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Junior Fiction List for Prince of the Wind.
  • IBBY Honour List 2006 Writing for Juggling with Mandarins.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2007 Young Adult Fiction Shortlist for Shooting the Moon.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Young Adult Fiction List for Shooting the Moon
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