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Kris Stanhope

Kris_Stanhope_1.JPGKris Stanhope grew up in on the outskirts of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada. The majority of his youth was spent either playing sports, or watching them on TV. While weekly visits to the library helped develop a love of reading books, writing always remained something that was only done in school – happily forgotten after the three o’clock bell.
After high school Kris became a teacher and found New Zealand, with its abundance of teaching jobs and warm climate, to be a great fit. South Auckland became his home for the next nine years. During that time he got married, had two children, and decided to take a stab at writing. After a few years he felt he was ready to submit two stories to the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, which he won in 2007.
Kris has just recently moved to Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, for a new challenge. He is teaching at an international school, living in an apartment building for the first time, and loving the even warmer climate. He still writes on a regular basis.

Selected bibliography:
  • Why I Hate School” by Michael Fatarsky (Scholastic 2008).


Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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