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Philippa Werry

Philippa_Werry_1.JPGPhilippa Werry was born in Christchurch. She attended primary school in Wellington and secondary school in Auckland and New Plymouth. After university, she worked as a librarian and travelled overseas. Philippa started writing for the School Journal when the first of her three daughters was born.
Philippa has written many stories, plays, poems and articles for Radio New Zealand, the School Journal and other Learning Media series, South Pacific Press, Rainbow Reading and other educational publications, as well as articles for Booknotes and New Zealand Author. Her poems and stories have also been included in many anthologies and she has been shortlisted three times for the Manhire Prize in Creative Science Writing. 

Selected bibliography:
  • The Lost Watch illustrated by Alice Bell (Scholastic 2003).
  • Wonderful Wheels Day illustrated by Alice Bell (Scholastic 2004).
  • Top Secret (Gilt Edge Publishing 2006).
  • The Great Chocolate Cake Bake Off (Scholastic 2007).
  • Enemy at the Gate (Scholastic 2008).
  • A Girl Called Harry (Scholastic 2010).
  • Anzac Day: The New Zealand Story: What It Is and Why It Matters (New Holland 2013).
  • Lighthouse Family (Scholastic, 2013)
  • Best Mates, illustrated by Bob Kerr (New Holland, 2014)
  • Harbour Bridge (Scholastic, 2014)
  • Waitangi Day: the New Zealand story: what it is and why it matters (New Holland, 2015)
  • Bilby Awards (Queensland) 2004 Shortlist for The Lost Watch.
  • Jack Lasenby Award 2006.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Junior Fiction List for The Great Chocolate Cake Bake Off.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2009 Shortlist for Enemy at the Gate.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Junior Fiction List for A Girl Called Harry.
  • New Zealand Society of Authors Mid Career Writers Grant 2011.
  • New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014 non-fiction shortlist for Anzac Day
  • Storylines Notable Books Lists 2014: Junior Fiction list for Lighthouse family and Non fiction list for Anzac Day
  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2014 non-fiction shortist for Anzac Day
  • Storylines Notable Books Lists 2015 Junior Fiction list for Harbour Bridge
  • New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015 children's choice non-fiction shortlist for Waitangi Day
  • CLNZ / NZSA research grant 2015
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2015 (Non-fiction) for Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story
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