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Introducing Fleur Beale

May 10, 2011

Fleur Beale

Fleur is the author of over 30 books.  Juno of Taris is where I’m starting with critical readings, then Fierce September – I just love that book cover!

What I have here is a bit bare, but I will keep adding.  Meanwhile, check out the interviews and stuff through the internet links and that should help you get a bit closer to this author.

Brief bio:

– born February 22, 1945, Inglewood (in the Taranaki)

– author, teacher, sister (one of 6 children), mother

– she won the 2007 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for her first children’s novel, Slide the Corner, and the Esther Glen Award for Juno of Taris in the 2009 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards.  She has also been nominated for numerous others.


McKenzie, John.: “Fleur Beale: writing for teenagers today.”  Talespinner (8) 1999, 35-40. (1999)

Harper, Julie.: Know the author Magpies : talking about books for children, Sep 1998; v.13 n.4:sup.p.4-6

author?: Fleur Beale Reading Forum NZ, 1997; n.2:p.29-30

McNeill, Liz, Millson, Jess: Theme unit Yr 10 : sustaining our world.  English in Aotearoa, Apr 2009; n.67:p.39-41  

NOTE: there are also a number of reviews and interviews around.  There are also ‘free’ essays on the internet’s various essay siters, but I’ve never really trusted these or bothered with them.

More info on the net:

Check out the NZ Book Council site, as well as Storylines (the IBBY in NZ), The Christchurch City Libraries author interview, her Longacre Press author page (note, Longacre was bought by Random House), a BookieMonster interview, Maria Gill’s interview (freely available download).  The Pulse put some of her work together with other ‘New Zealand Sports fiction‘ and ‘NZ biographies‘ that may interest some readers (it’s a good site).  She is part of Book Talks.


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