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Leonie Thorpe

A born and bred Cantabrian, Leonie Thorpe grew up in the port town of Lyttelton. She has always been passionate about books, and was a keen reader of Enid Blyton as a child. After completing a science degree at Otago University, Leonie worked as a medical laboratory scientist. She currently works at Christchurch Hospital where she has a special interest in parasitology.
Leonie started writing in her late twenties, encouraged by some part-time courses that she attended at Canterbury University. She has since written and published four books for children as well as two short stories in the School Journal
Bringing up three daughters and tending to her massive garden keep her busy. She likes to watch movies, play the piano (badly) and read books that make her laugh.

Selected bibliography;
  • Archie’s Adventures (HarperCollins 2007).
  • Archie Saves the Day (HarperCollins 2009).
  • The Sheep on the Fourth Floor (HarperCollins 2010).
  • How to Sell Toothpaste (HarperCollins 2012).


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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