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Mandy Hager

Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. She has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction three times (Smashed, 2008; The Nature of Ash, 2013; Dear Vincent, 2014), the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction (The Crossing, 2010), an Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards (for Tom’s Story), Golden Wings Excellence Award (for Juno Lucina, 2002), Golden Wings Award (for Run For The Trees, 2003) and five Storylines Notable Book Awards.

She has also been awarded the 2012 Beatson fellowship, the 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and the 2015 Waikato University Writer in Residence.

In 2015 her novel Singing Home the Whale was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult fiction Award from the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It has also been named a 2016 IBBY Honour Book, an international award. Her historical novel for adults, titled Heloise, was long-listed for the Ockham Book Awards. Her latest book is political thriller, Ash Arising.

Mandy is a trained teacher, with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts (Whitireia) and an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University. She also writes adult fiction, short stories, non-fiction, educational resources, blogs and articles, and currently tutors the Novel Course for Whitireia’s Creative Writing programme.

Single Profile

Selected bibliography:

  • Tom’s Story (Mallinson Rendel 1995)
  • Run for the Trees (Steele Roberts 1999)
  • Juno Lucina (Wings Press, USA. 2002)
  • Help! My Brain Hurts – Special Tips for Special Kids A guide for students with learning differences (Essential Resources Educational Publishers Ltd. 2004)
  • Smashed (Random House 2007) (US Edition, Pyr Books, 2013)
  • The Crossing [Blood of the Lamb, book one] (Random House 2009)
  • Into the Wilderness [Blood of the Lamb, book two] (Random House 2010) (U.S. Edition Pyr Books, 2014)
  • Resurrection [Blood of the Lamb, book three] (Random House 2011) (US Edition, Pyr Books, 2014)
  • The Nature of Ash (Random House 2012)
  • Singing Home the Whale (Random House NZ, Sept 2014)
  • Dear Vincent (Random House NZ, June 2013). Slovenian edition 2015

Plus numerous educational books and resources, non fiction articles and scripts

Awards:

  • Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards for Tom’s Story
  • Golden Wings Excellence Award for Juno Lucina, 2002
  • Golden Wings Award for Run For The Trees, 2003
  • Esther Glen Medal 2008 at LIANZA Book Awards for Smashed
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Young Adult Fiction List for The Crossing
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2010 Young Adult Fiction Winner for The Crossing
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Young Adult Fiction List for Into the Wilderness
  • Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2011 Young Adult Novel Nominee for Into the Wilderness
  • LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction for The Nature of Ash, 2013
  • LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction for Dear Vincent, 2014
  • Best Young Adult fiction Award from the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015, and Margaret Mahy Book of the Year for Singing Home the Whale
  • IBBY Honour Book 2016 for Singing Home the Whale

Other Resources:

Blood of the Lamb trilogy

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