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Adele Broadbent

Adele Broadbent is the author of five novels for children and a young adult novel – If Only. She also has several educational titles published in the US and Australia.

Adele’s passion is children’s books and she is a self-confessed book nut. She loves collecting outstanding and beautiful children’s books, and feels lucky to be in her dream job as a children’s bookseller at the award-winning Wardini Books in Napier.

When Adele isn’t reading or writing or talking about books at Wardini, she is adding reviews to her children’s and teen’s book review site –

“When I was a children’s librarian at the Napier Public Library, I would often see children trailing up and down the book shelves, looking for their next great read. I loved helping them choose, but thought they needed something to help – a site where they could use their own keywords (like creepy, funny or silly), to find the book just right for them.”

Adele lives on a small lifestyle block in Napier and enjoys working in her garden and hanging out with her family and pets. She says she always has a few writing projects, “…simmering and bubbling.”


Selected bibliography:

  • If Only (Onetree House 2020)
  • Between (Onetree House 2018)
  • Trouble in Time (Scholastic 2014)
  • The Last Herrick Secret (AV Project 2012)
  • Just Jack (Harper Collins 2011)
  • Too Many Secrets (Harper Collins 2010)


  • LIANZA Finalist 2015 Junior Fiction for Trouble in Time
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2015 Junior Fiction for Trouble in Time
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012 Junior Fiction Shortlist for Just Jack
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Junior Fiction List for Just Jack

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