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James Russell

James Russell landscape colour-527James Russell is a best-selling children’s author. He was born in Hamilton in 1972, and attended St Paul’s Collegiate, and then the University of Otago.

For more than 12 years he worked as a journalist, columnist and editor, including for The New Zealand Herald. He is now a full-time Auckland-based writer, and father of two sons. He is also a children’s book reviewer on the Jesse Mulligan Afternoons show on Radio New Zealand National and also for The New Zealand Herald.    
James’s books are now published in New Zealand, United States, Canada, China, Australia, the UK and the Czech Republic.
Selected bibliography:
  • The Dragon Hunters illustrated by Link Choi (Dragon Brothers Books 2012)
  • The Dragon Tamers illustrated by Link Choi (Dragon Brothers Books 2013)
  • The Dragon Riders illustrated by Link Choi (Dragon Brothers Books 2014)
  • The Dragon Defenders - Book One (Dragon Brothers Books 2017)
  • The Dragon Defenders - Book Two: The Pitbull Returns (Dragon Brothers Books 2017)
  • The Dragon Hunters was a finalist in the 2013 Library Association of New Zealand Awards

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